How to Remove Decals From Kitchen Wall Tile

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Things You'll Need

  • Razor scraper

  • Nail polish remover (acetone)

  • Cotton balls

Decals are an affordable way to decorate a tiled kitchen, and their ease of transfer makes it a quick project to add a motif to your décor. You'll be pleased to learn that if you're considering a change for your kitchen theme, it's not a difficult chore to remove decals from your kitchen wall tile. Within an hour, you can remove the decals and be ready to decorate with your new favorite theme.


Step 1

Scrape the decal design from the tile using a razor scraper held at a 45 degree angle to the surface. Take care not to scratch or gouge the tile.

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Step 2

Soak two cotton balls with nail polish remover until the cotton is saturated; squeeze out the excess.

Step 3

Rub the tile area where the decal was applied with one of the cotton balls, using a circular motion. Keep rubbing until all decal remnants have dissolved.

Step 4

Wipe off the tile with the second cotton ball to remove any residue from the decal.

Step 5

Repeat the process until all decals have been removed.


Some specialty ceramic tiles are manufactured with patterns similar to decals. These patterns are integrated into the tile when it is glazed and cannot be removed.

Use approximately two cotton balls for every three-inch decal.


Test the acetone on a hidden tile before use to ensure it doesn't discolor the tile. Always wear gloves and eye protection when using a sharp tool.


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