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When I moved into my current home, I spent a lot of time cleaning the existing flooring. The kitchen, mudroom, and bathrooms all contained linoleum floors. The rest of the home was carpeted. No matter how hard I worked, I failed to remove the hairspray from the linoleum flooring in the bathrooms. I also could never remove the stains out of the carpet. Thankfully, I decided to I replace my carpet and linoleum floors with hardwood ones a couple of years ago. Since then, I’ve been able to simplify the cleaning process. I spend much less time scrubbing floors; and, my floors look cleaner than they ever did before. On this blog, you will learn the benefits of purchasing hardwood flooring.

How To Remove Tile Floors

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Tile is a very popular material in bathrooms for a number of reasons: it is relatively easy to clean, it is waterproof and it has a classy look. However, if your tile becomes too aged or out of date and you want to replace it with a new style, removing the original tile is quite difficult. This article explains the best tools and tips for safely and quickly removing tile.

Jackhammer

Even in small areas like a bathroom, you should use an electric jackhammer to help remove the tile more quickly. This method of removal will also be less stressful on your body than methods involving more manual labor. Regardless, tile removal is quite tiring work, so be prepared. When using a jackhammer, the key is to place the blade right in between the grout lines. As you power on the jackhammer and press down, the vibration should help to break up the grout and mortar underneath. Hopefully this will prevent the actual tile from breaking into a million pieces. Of course, it is not the end of the world if the tile brakes because you were going to throw it away anyway. However, if your tile remains intact, it is easier to stack it, carry it and remove it from the work area.

Floor Scrapers

No matter how well the jackhammer works, you won't be able to remove all of the mortar with it. Most likely, if you try to jackhammer the thin, leftover mortar, you will end up chipping the concrete subfloor. Then you will have to patch this before you install your new floor. Remove as much of the tile and mortor as possible; then use hand scrapers to remove the rest of the mortar. Even after you have scraped away most of the mortar, you will probably want to use heavy duty cleaner, like trisodium phosphate, to remove any residue that is still stuck to the subfloor. The cleaner and smoother the subfloor is before you install your new product, the fewer issues you are likely to have later on.

In the end, removal of your tile floor will probably be just as demanding and tiring as installing your new floor. If you can handle this part of the job, you shouldn't have too many problems handling the installation. If you decide you want to hire professional help, contact a tile flooring company in your area.

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26 May 2016