Removing tile isn’t an easy project. It’s very labor intensive, but it’s also expensive to pay someone else to do. So it pays to rip up old tile yourself. Be sure to protect yourself during the battle — wear safety glasses and heavy, preferably leather, gloves. Flooring Repair Carpet Tile Hardwood Laminate Phoenix Arizona
For about $20, you can buy a floor scraper, a broom-size tool with an angled steel head used to strip off layers of flooring material. Often, the tool is useful for dislodging the flooring material from the adhesive. Flooring Repair Carpet Tile Hardwood Laminate Phoenix Arizona
If the tiles you’re removing were set in mastic and not mortar, you’re lucky — a floor scraper will do the job. However, if the tiles were set in mortar, follow these steps for getting it out of there: Flooring Repair Carpet Tile Hardwood Laminate Phoenix Arizona
Break up the first tile by hitting it in the center with a hammer. The edges of broken tile can be very sharp, so work carefully.
Place the cold chisel in the grout line at the edge of the tile and start chipping it out. Repeat Steps 1 and 2 until you’ve removed several tiles.
Start breaking up several tiles at a time and removing them with the floor scraper. You may get lucky when removing tile from a floor and find that the adhesive under the floor is pliable and that you can easily peel it off the floor, making the job a piece of cake. Or, you may find that the adhesive is like cement (or is cement) and nothing short of dynamite will dislodge the flooring. Flooring Repair Carpet Tile Hardwood Laminate Phoenix Arizona
Remove the mortar from the underlayment by hammering on a 2- to 3-foot-square section of the floor to smash up the remaining mortar, and then use the floor scraper to scrape the broken pieces of mortar off the underlayment.
If this doesn’t get most of the mortar up, it’s probably going to be easier to replace the underlayment.
Removing adhesive from the underlayment can be a challenge. Try softening the adhesive with a heat gun and then scraping it with a wide putty knife.
Burns, stains, fading and tears are all a fact of life with flooring, but proper carpet repair can bring them back to life. Most of the time, this involves patching a damaged piece of textile with one in better condition. The process doesn’t take long, assuming the damage isn’t widespread, but it does take skill and specialized tools. Because of this, it’s best to hire a professional that can get the job done without incident. Botching the process may cause more damage, or require more material than should really be needed. Flooring Repair Carpet Tile Hardwood Laminate Phoenix Arizona
Removing and replacing tile
Removing and replacing a single ceramic floor tile is not too hard, depending on how it was installed. The first thing I recommend when removing a floor tile is to carefully remove all the grout around the tile. This can be done with a power tool or by hand. Use safety glasses and good lighting.. Take your time so you do not nick or scratch the tiles adjacent to the cracked tile. Flooring Repair Carpet Tile Hardwood Laminate Phoenix Arizona
If you’re going to do this by hand, you need to use a hammer and an older beat-up flat-head screwdriver. You slowly and carefully chip away the grout. With the grout out of the way, there’s now less chance that you’ll damage any adjacent tile during the removal process. If the tile you want to remove is touching up against any other tiles in the floor, the initial stress of removing the tile pieces can put pressure against the adjacent tiles and possibly crack or chip them. Flooring Repair Carpet Tile Hardwood Laminate Phoenix Arizona
If the floor tile is not touching any other tile, you can tap the tile with a dull masonry chisel near a corner and start to crack off small pieces about the size of a dime. After you crack a piece off, do whatever is necessary to get the piece up from the floor.
Once the entire tile is out, now you have to excavate the thinset mortar or organic adhesive that was used to set the tile to the floor. You can do this by hand or with a power tool. If you have to do it by hand, you might discover that a stiff 1 1/2-inch putty knife held at a low angle does a great job. Flooring Repair Carpet Tile Hardwood Laminate Phoenix Arizona
Once you think you have all the thinset out of the way, test it and see. Drop a replacement tile in place of the cracked one and use a straightedge over the tile to see if you have at least 1/8 inch of space between the entire top of the tile and the bottom of the straightedge. You want the straightedge to be resting on the adjacent tiles on all sides of the replacement tile to check for the air space. Rotate the straightedge at least 90 degrees to check for the needed gap.
I’d recommend using cement-based thinset to stick the tile to the floor. Be sure the substrate is free of all dust and loose material. You can buy small notched hand tools to help put down the correct amount of thinset. The size of the notches depends on the size of the tile you’re installing. Go to a store that sells just tile, and the manager there will make sure you have the correct tool.
When you set the tile in the new thinset, you need to make sure the entire tile is contacting the thinset and there are no gaps. This may mean you have to put the thinset on different thicknesses if the substrate is not in the same plane as the top surface of the finished tile floor. Gently drop the new tile onto the fresh thinset and lightly tap in place so its top surface is flush with all the adjacent tiles. Use the straightedge again to help you here. Flooring Repair Carpet Tile Hardwood Laminate Phoenix Arizona
Allow the tile to set and cure for at least 48 hours before grouting it. Protect it so no one walks on it. You need to match the grout color as close as possible. When grouting, do not add too much water to the new grout. You want it the consistency of cake batter. After grout has dried wipe up remaining grout and you are done. If you don’t feel like replacing broken tiles call us at 602-741-4131 Flooring Repair Carpet Tile Hardwood Laminate Phoenix Arizona