Remodeling your floors is great, but be aware of the perils if you want to renovate tile.
To renovate tile it’s best you follow some simple tips to get the best outcome. This DIY project can be quite complicated. If you’re tired of looking down at the same old, or even worse, cracked tiles on your floor and are ready to be “out with the old and in with the new” then you’ve come to the right place! We have put together 7 helpful tips to keep in mind if you want to renovate tile.
- When your are renovating tile, empty the room and remove any fixtures that may impede the process of removing the tile. Turn off water supply before removing a sink or toilet. If removing a toilet, drain reservoir, remove bolt and rock the fixture to break wax seal.
- To renovate tile it is is a HUGE mess. The amount of dust and debris that is released from tile removal is pretty uncomfortable, my opinion. The dust gets everywhere, in your furniture, clothes, air vents etc. We suggest making the renovations by room in order to contain the debris.
- Break up the first tile by hitting it in the center with a hammer (or rent a power tool). Remove tile from the starting point and continue to pry up. The edges of broken tile can be very sharp, so work carefully.
- In some cases, you’ll find that tiling might be attached directly to a concrete floor or sub-floor, but plywood or mortarboard underlayment is common, if the underlayment is damaged it is to be removed. You will most likely need an electric scrapper which you can rent from your nearest hardware store for about $60 a day.
- Inspect; make sure to get a flat surface, and then sweep!
- After laying the tile it takes 48 hours to dry so plan accordingly as those areas in your home will be a no entry zone for two days.
- Debris gets sucked into the air system so be prepared to clean all air ducts, coils and blowers. Which will most likely require a contractor.
“To renovate tile is a HUGE mess. The amount of dust and debris that is released from tile removal is pretty uncomfortable..”
Renovating tile is an art that requires skill both in the removal and tiling process. If the project is taking more than a few weeks or has to be done immediately, we suggest reaching out to an expert. Sometimes, spending the extra money on hiring a professional is worth the peace of mind and confidence that the job will be done right.