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How To Remove Tile Floors

Sometimes when you buy a fixer upper or a dated home, you inherit ugly tile. Changing floors can significantly improve the appeal of a home, but before the new ones can be installed- those old ones have to be removed. Removing an entire floor can seem SO daunting and overwhelming, but it can be a rather easy DIY project that helps to remove costs! [If you’re searching for tile laying tips, check out my old post here]


The floors in the green bathroom are not original. Years and years ago Dad and a friend laid tile in there. I do not remember what was in there before, but it was Dad’s first attempt at tiling. I didn’t like the size of the tile and the grout lines were too think and discolored. Since it didn’t fit with the era of the home, I wanted them gone!

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Since I’m keeping the green tile on the walls, I need to make the floors look authentic and fresh. Before I could do that, I needed to get to work busting out that square tile. In order to bust out tile, you only need 2 tools: a hammer and a pry bar. I’ve also used a sledgehammer at previous flips when it’s on a slab floor. This house is not a slab but a crawl space, so I didn’t want to damage the subflooring with a sledgehammer.

As you can see, removing tile really is an easy job! Yes, it takes elbow grease, but it doesn’t take money! That’s the best thing about it. After I get all of the tile removed, I’ll be repairing and/or replacing the subflooring.


The process actually goes pretty quickly. I was lucky that as I released one tile they all stuck together because of the thicker grout lines, so I was able to pull up to 5 tiles all at once in a big chunk. That really helps the process go faster!


I will eventually do a post about what to do after all of the tile is removed. This is one project that I’m planning to do entirely by myself. My costs are higher than I’d like on Flip 3, so I’m needed to save some money. So, I will not only be busting out the tile myself, but laying and grouting the new tile myself too. I’ll be documenting the process as I go, of course!


9 thoughts on “How To Remove Tile Floors

  1. you are lucky it was done as a floating tile floor, we always thinset an nail or screw cement board to the subfloor first, and then thinset the tile to the cement board, theys not fun to pull up.

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