Tile floors are fun to install in a bathroom because you can design them however you want. Installing tile is fairly simple, but the difficulty of the project depends on several factors. The most important factor is often the amount of prep work that is necessary. Removing or demolishing a bathroom floor can be quite a chore. If you can handle the demo on your own, you can save a lot of money. Some subfloor preparation will take longer than the actual laying of the tile. This article explains the best tools for prepping concrete subfloors that already have tile. If you have the right tools, removing the tile will not be too painful.
Using a Jackhammer
First, you need to loosen the majority of the tile with a jackhammer. Renting a jackhammer on a daily basis is probably best since the job will probably take a couple of days. Using a jackhammer speeds up the process, but make sure you wear safety goggles, works gloves and long pants while using it. Stick the hammer spade into the grout line and then power it on. Hopefully, this will knock the entire tire loose. The key is to break the tile and mortar into pieces that are small enough to lift by hand. But, if you break them into pieces that are too small, you will create more work for yourself.
Removing the Rest with Floor Scrapers
You can remove the majority of the mortar with the jackhammer, but not all of it. Some stubborn sections of the mortar might be stuck to the concrete subfloor. If you try and jackhammer these thin sections away, you might end up tipping the subfloor. If you do this, you end up having to patch it later. The key is to knock go away the remaining mortar with hand scrapers. As long as your scraper has a sharp blade, you can scrape away even the most stubborn mortar. This part of the job, can be very tiring and it is much easier if you have a handful of helpers. It is a good idea to set up a little assembly line with one person on the jackhammer, and another loading the debris onto a wheelbarrow. If you have a third person, he can dump the debris from the wheelbarrow into a truck or trash container.
Removing tile floors in your bathroom is obviously a little bit of a hassle, but it is certainly an achievable project if you have the right tools. Almost any type of bathroom flooring will require that the subfloor is perfectly flat, so these techniques can be used before the installation of new tile, carpet, hardwood, linoleum or vinyl. Contact a business, such as Assurance Remodeling, for more information.