We have ceramic tile as for the floor in our kitchen and washer/dryer area
put in by the previous owners. While I like tile floors, a white one with
light colored grout is not our favorite with 2 big dogs that like to traipse
through everything; combined with white cabinets it is too much white.
I know there is no easy or quick way to remove the tile floor, but my
question is, will it be possible to get the mortar removed and level to such
a degree to allow us to put in down a wood floor, or even another ceramic
tile? Is there another option?
Taking up tile is not a huge project, installing the new stuff can be.
What is under the tile? Plywood, concrete slab, cement board.
The constant scraping/clicking of the nails on the tiles or wood would
drive me crazy. What about linoleum?
Plywood. So you think getting the plywood smooth enough for a new floor
will not be that big of a deal?
Agree; when we used to have 3 dogs it was "loud". I'd go for linoleum, but
my wife would not. She had the fun job of peeling linoleum off of the
kitchen *walls* from the people before us. They used it as a backsplash for
You can put tile over plywood if it is level (coplanar) but it would
probably be better to put down cement board. When I redid my kitchen I
had two layers of plywood so I pulled up the top layer and put down
cement board to lay the tile on.
I've never pulled tile off of plywood before but I doubt you will end
up with a surface stable enough for tile when you are done. If the
plywood peels apart (delaminates) you should cover it or remove it.
See what Dean Johnson and the flavor of the month have to say:
I have removed ceramic from just about every surface. I use a
air-power chisel, crow bar, hammer, square top shovel and a good sturdy
brick and mortar hand-held chisel. Basically get a starting point -
you may do this by working out some aggression on the floor by pounding
a tile with the hammer until it breaks - pull out the pieces. Now use
your air chisel on the edge of the adhered tiles to pry them up. Use
the crow bar ones they are started and where your air chisel wont
reach. They come up quite easily. Once your tiles are all up you are
left with small piles of adhesive all over your floor. Use your air
chisel to remove the large ones and your brick and mortar hand held to
remove small ones. I then have a steel short square top shovel that I
rub over the floor to remove any missed adhesive. The floor usually
turns out pretty smooth. But to be sure it is smooth before laying new
tile, I skim coat it with leveling compound or even tile adhesive. If
needed I will lay backer board. It seems time consuming and a lot of
work but honestly with the right combination of tools, I can clean a 12
X 12 room of ceramic tile and have it ready for new tile in less than 8
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