How to Remove Ceramic Floor Tile

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To remove ceramic floor tile, remove the grout from around the tile, avoid disturbing the surrounding tile, and use a pry bar to gently pry the tile up. For tile that is already broken, smash the tile with a sledge hammer and scrape it out. Find out more about removing ceramic tile with instructions from a remodeling contractor in this free video on home improvements and repairs.

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Hi, I'm Tim Gipson, and I'm going to talk to you about how to remove floor tile. Now, in this case, we've got a floor tile here, where you can see some cracking in the grout, which means that this tile is loose. You can see we've got cracking all the way around. Now, in order to remove this tile, what we need, is we need a tool, that's called a grout remover, and this is what it looks like. It's got a special edge on it, that allows you to get into your grout here, you run it back and forth, and what we've got to do, is we've got to remove all this grout around the tile. You just use a sawing action,and it makes pretty quick work of it. You've got to do that on all four sides of the tile, so once we have cleared out all the grout out around, and what we want to do, we want to be really careful not to disturb these other tiles, and of course, we'll try to reset this tile, then we want to be careful with it. What we want to do, is just take a pry bar, and work it down in there, and then we want to very gently pry up, and again, you want to be careful, because we don't want to break this tile here, and we don't want to break. Now, if the tile you happen to be working with is already broken, then you could go ahead and just take a sledge hammer, and then a cold chisel, such as this, and you can break it up, and then you can just scrape it out. We can see if we go ahead and pull it out, then that's all we need to do. It comes out very easily, then all we need to do is clean it up, and reset it, so I'm Tim Gipson, with how to remove a ceramic tile.

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