How to Remove a Ceramic Tile Floor

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The ceramic tile floor is installed as it is durable and has a long shelf life. Hence removing a ceramic tile floor is not going to be an easy task. Though the methodology is simple it is labor-intensive. However, with the right tools and this guide, you will be able to do the job. Read on to get an idea of how to remove a ceramic tile floor.

Safety First

Before you embark on removing the ceramic tile floor in your house, make sure to take all necessary precautions to shield yourself from any possible accidents. Wear your work gloves and cover your eyes with safety goggles.

Decide how the Ceramic Tile Flooring was Laid

There basically are two methods used in laying down a ceramic tile floor. The tiles could be laid on a concrete base or on a concrete thin set. Examine and find out in which category does your floor fall.

For Concrete Base

For ceramic tile floor that has been laid out on a concrete base, start off by removing the grout around the tiles.


Use a hammer and a chisel to carefully dig out the grout. Now with the help of a sledge hammer start breaking the ceramic tile floor.

Removing the Tiles

After breaking the tiles on the ceramic tile flooring push the tiles out of the flooring with the help of a scraper. Make sure to use a scraper with a long handle. This will push the tiles forward, as it separates from the concrete.


If you find any bits left over, peel them off in the same way till you get a tile free surface.


Get rid of the debris and clean the area by using a vacuum cleaner.

For Tiles Set on Thin Set

To remove a concrete tile floor that rest on a thin set, you will have to be a bit more meticulous than the previous method. This process involves tile by tile removal.


You will need a power hammer for this. If you do not own one of these, then they are readily available for rent at hardware stores. Use this tool to free the grout around one tile.

Removing the Tiles

After removing the grout around one tile, break the tile by accessing it from below. Push the tile out of the surface. After you have removed the first tile, continue with the other tiles. It is better to start from a corner of the ceramic tile floor.


Clean up the area and rid it of all the debris and the unwanted pieces of the tiles.


It is advisable to level the flooring with new concrete that gels with the old one.