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Removing Bathroom Tiles Made Easy

Say you’ve just moved into a new home, and you’ve decided that you’re not fond of the choice of decoration the previous occupants made. Or perhaps you’ve recently looked at a decoration choice you’ve made and decided that it’s time for a change. Removing bathroom tiles to facilitate a new bathroom design scheme can be a fairly arduous process, so it’d probably be helpful to have some advice on how to structure the procedure.

  1. Removing Bathroom Tiles Made EasyMake a Plan

Before you do anything, just work out what you want to do. For example, where do you start? What needs removing? Do you want to remove just the wall tiles, or do you want to remove the wall and the floor tiles both? Is there anything that needs to be protected from damage?

Answering those sorts of questions now will make removing bathroom tiles both faster and less frustrating.

  1. Get the Bathroom ready

First start by giving the bathroom a good clean, making sure that everything has been scrubbed down with a bathroom cleaner. Once that’s done, you can move on by removing anything that does not need to be in the bathroom. Medicine cabinets, waste paper bins, towel racks, the lot. Removing bathroom tiles needs plenty of room.

Anything that could be damaged and cannot be easily removed from the bathroom should be covered as well, such as the bath, mirrors and the counters.

  1. Remove Any Fixtures That Cover Tiles

First, shut off the water supply. You do not want to install an indoor swimming pool in this manner, believe me. Then make sure that the toilet has been completely drained of water by flushing it repeatedly until the tank is empty, mopping up excess water with a sponge.

Remove the toilet from the water supply, and then the wall by carefully by removing the bolts keeping it to the floor and then rocking the toilet back and forth until the seal has been broken. By ready to mop up any spilled water that you may have missed. Then do the same with the sink.

  1. Start Removing the First Tile

With a utility knife or a screw driver, start to remove the grout from the first tile. This is going to be the hardest tile to do this with, as you need to make the first incision yourself, so be very careful as you do it. Wear protective gloves, and scrape away from you. Once the grout has been removed, angle a chisel or putty remove under the tile and start to pry the tile away from the adhesive.

Unless you intend to reuse the tile later, don’t worry if it breaks. Just remove the fragments and continue. Indeed, carefully drilling through tiles and shattering them is a good way to remove stubborn tiles. Lay down masking tape across the area you want to drill through first, to keep bits of tile from flying everywhere.

  1. Finish Removing the Bathroom Tiles

Continue removing the bathroom tiles at your own pace. Place all removed tiles into a bin or a box to keep the work place clear. Expand outwards in accordance the plan you made earlier, using the first tile as a starting point from which to remove grout.

For information about removing bathroom tiles, or to see a wide selection of tiles for other sections of your home, visit the website of Crown Tiles. You can also call them directly by phoning 0800 156 0756.

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