Removing Ceramic Tile from a Concrete Slab – On the House

Removing Ceramic Tile from a Concrete Slab

By on April 17, 2014
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 Question

I need help. I have a ceramic tile floor in my kitchen, dining room and entry way that I can’t stand. The tiles are 6″ x 12″ in size and I assume are laid over a slab floor. I would like to put down a linoleum or hardwood floor in its place, however I’ve been told that tearing up a ceramic floor is a difficult as well as a very expensive job. I have small children and the tile is just too dangerous. Any suggestions?

Sue

Answer

We agree that removing a ceramic tile floor can be a difficult task, however we are quick to disagree that it must necessarily be an expensive one. On the contrary because this work usually doesn’t involve unusual skill or training it is something that, with the proper tools, most homeowners could perform in their spare time. If do-it-yourself is out of the question here then the work can be performed by a local handyman or small repair contractor for a modest sum.Chances are that since your home is built on a concrete slab the tile was installed using a thin set mortar. This is nothing more than a cement based adhesive that is used to join the tile to the concrete floor. Considering the vast area involved we suggest that you use an electric floor scraper to remove the tile. This devise, available at most tool rental establishments, has a scraping blade that reciprocates back and forth breaking the bond between the tile and the slab. Any mortar that may remain once all of the tile has been removed may be eliminated with a once over sanding with floor sander also available from your local rental center. More then anything this is a messy job that requires a little patience and a lot of elbow grease. Be sure to wear protective eye goggles and a dust mask over your nose and mouth.

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