How to remove and replace tiles
Although your bathroom and kitchen tiles are designed to be long lasting and low maintenance, they will occasionally need replacing. A cracked or damaged tile is no longer waterproof, which risks further damage in the long term. And of course if you’re tiling an entire bathroom floor or wall for example, then you’ll need to remove all the old tiles first.
Removing wall tiles and floor tiles is a relatively easy process, but it can also be hazardous. Chips and shards of tiles can be very sharp, so it’s essential to wear protective gloves and safety goggles. For the same reason it’s advisable to wear a long sleeve top, and to clear up tile fragments as you go along.
What tools do I use to remove old tiles?
Removing tiles usually requires only a small number of tools, such as a hammer, a chisel and a utility knife, especially if you’re removing a whole wall or floor. But if you’re removing and replacing a single tile, you will also need some specialist tools which will help with the delicate job of removal without damaging surrounding tiles. We’ve provided a full list of necessary tools at the beginning of this guide.