It’s fantastic to be able to remove tiles without creating a mess. Incredibly, all that tile and thin-set can be removed with power tools with no dust produced.
On any work, we hang plastic, set up negative air systems, and filter a lot of dust! Our costs are also very affordable for the work and effort our Kodiak dustless tile removal professionals put in.
Can You Lay Tile Over Tile?
In short, if you’re working on a relatively sound base, you can tile over tile. The current tile surface should be free of mold and mildew, entirely level, and free of any warping or oddly placed tiles that could obstruct a smooth new layer.
However, many reasons you want to remove the floor are because of issues. It is far wiser to have local dustless floor removal companies prepare your floor by removing old harmful tiles.
Scottsdale Dustless Tile Removal Process
Assess the existing tile.
Mildew and dark discoloration in the grout are common signs of a problem with absorption. When the tiles are covered up, and absorption problem will fester and worsen. The new overlaying tiles would not lie flat or line up if the original tiles were not correctly placed. It’s preferable to start over rather than tile over an existing floor.
Equipment for Tile Removal
It’s essential to double-check that you have all the necessary tools before beginning any tile removal project. This involves both protection equipment to protect yourself and others, and the tools needed to remove the tiles.
Removing tile can be a dangerous business, so make sure you follow all safety precautions. This means getting protective glasses to cover your eyes, a dust mask to keep dust out of your lungs, and leather gloves to keep your hands clean. Anyone else who enters the work area should put on safety gear.
Paint scrapers, floor scrapers, chisels, and drop sheets to help contain dust are the tools you’ll need as a minimum to remove tile. The tools will assist you in scraping the tile and removing all materials from the floor so that you can start over.
You will need a hammer to break up the tile, depending on how it was built. A screw gun, a roofing rake, and a flat shovel are needed to remove the underlayment.
Tile Removal Steps with Dustless Tile Removal in Scottsdale
Step 1: Remove Trim
Remove all trim and baseboards from the space before you remove the tile. So that it can be quickly reinstalled, be careful of the materials you uninstall. Cover any vents so that dust doesn’t get into them.
Step 2: Remove Tile
You can start by smashing the tiles with a hammer if you don’t care about saving them. Begin by breaking up a single tile with the edge of a hammer, then chiseling away the rest.
If the tiles are stubborn, smash them up with a hammer and scrape them off with a floor scraper. It’s unlikely that you’ll be able to save your tile if it’s cemented to the concrete. If removing the tile proves difficult, pry it up with the claw end of the hammer.
Step 3: Removing Underlayment
You may remove the thinset from the underlayment with a hammer, but it will need to be replaced depending on its condition. Since adhesive removal may be difficult, removing and replacing the underlayment can be worth your time and money.
Step 4: Clean Subfloor
The subfloor should be free of debris and clean before building a new floor. Look for any mold or harm that needs to be addressed. You don’t want to hide mold or damage that will only get worse over time.
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