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How to remove old floor tiles

Refreshing your flooring starts here with our simple guide

Removing existing floor tiles may seem like a daunting task, but it’s actually relatively easy if you apply a little muscle power. Just follow the simple steps in our guide and your old floor tiles will be history in no time.

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Your room is likely to become very dusty and possibly quite messy during this task. We advise wearing a dust mask and goggles to protect your eyes.

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Step 1

Begin by cracking one of the old floor tiles with a hammer. Don’t forget to wear a dust mask and eye protection to protect your eyes from the tile shards.

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Step 2

Start lifting the tiles using the hammer and a chisel.

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Step 3

Once you’ve removed all of the old tiles you can see if the existing sub-flooring is in good enough condition to re-use. If not, remove and replace the old sub-flooring or smooth the sub-flooring with a sanding block.