How to Remove Slate Floor Tiles

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Things You'll Need

  • Extra large trash can

  • Masonry chisel

  • Pry bar

  • Safety goggles

  • Work gloves

While slate floor tiles can look impressive, there are times when people want to remove their existing slate flooring. In many cases, other types of flooring may be more suitable for the area. There are many reasons why you might need or want to remove your slate floor tiles, and the most common one is that the flooring is damaged because it was not installed properly or there was not a sub-floor built over the wood floor.


Step 1

Put on your safety goggles and work gloves.

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Step 2

Use the large hammer to bust up the tiles. This is a great way to get rid of some of that pent up stress. It doesn't really matter where you start, but you do need to put a little force into your swings.

Step 3

Pick up the pieces that have been broken and put them in the extra large trash can. This will help you see what is left of the tiling.

Step 4

Use the pry bar and the chisel (if necessary) to pry up the remaining pieces of the slate floor tiles. Throw them in the can as well.


Step 5

Use the masonry chisel and the pry bar to break up as much of the grout and/or mortar as you can. You may find that you have some large sections that are hard to pry up. You can use the hammer to break them up as well, just not with as much force.

Step 6

Clean up the rest of your debris and throw it into the trash can. Now your floor is ready for what you need to do to install the new flooring.


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