How to remove floor tiles

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Project Overview

Removing floor tiles is a basic renovation job that anyone can do. We’ll show you how to lift up the tiles and scrape the glue off the subflooring. Plus, there’s a few tips on the best tools to use to make the job easier.
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This D.I.Y. Advice is part of a series How to Lay Tiles

Step by Step Instructions

1 Remove the floor tiles
2 Scrape off the floor tile glue
  • Step 1. Remove the floor tiles

    Cover any surfaces you need to protect with a drop sheet. Then pry the tiles off the floor by driving the bolster blade underneath them with your mallet. In this case we are starting with an exposed edge, so getting under the tiles is easy. If your floor is fully enclosed, check out our How to replace a broken tile video for a quick way to remove your first tile.
  • Step 2. Scrape off the floor tile glue

    Use a heavy-duty floor scraper to take the bulk of the glue off the floor. As you get closer to any edges you want to protect, switch to a smaller paint scraper. That way you can control the length of your strokes more. Continue until all the glue is off the floor. To make the job easier, keep sweeping up as you go.
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