If you are tired of looking at chipped, stained, or just plain ugly tile flooring, you may be starting to research tile removal and replacement. Although it can be tempting to DIY this process to save money, tile removal involves some specialized equipment and knowledge that may be tough to complete without some assistance. Read on to learn more about the tile removal process, as well as some tile care and maintenance tips that can leave your replacement tile stain- and chip-free for years to come.
How Can You Prevent Tile Damage?
Tile is a unique material, and therefore requires some different care and maintenance than you may be accustomed to with other flooring types. While it’s not necessary to mop tile every day, or even every week (at least in low-traffic areas), it is important to sweep regularly to remove any dust, dirt, or sand. These abrasive particles, combined with foot traffic, can cause wear and tear that dulls the tile over time.
When you wash your tile to remove spots or stains, you will want to use a pH-neutral formula (unless your tile is specially sealed or glazed and requires a different type of cleaner). Using an oil-based cleaner or an abrasive or acidic one can stain your tile or even eat away at its surface, making it more vulnerable to chipping and cracking.
Every now and then, you will also need to reseal your grout to prevent moisture from getting in between your tiles and damaging them from the inside out. If these basic maintenance steps are followed, you will soon discover what other tile lovers know to be true: tile is one of the most durable, lowest-maintenance flooring materials on the market.
How is Tile Removed?
Tile removal can be a lengthy and painstaking process if you’re attempting to DIY. Generally, you will need to begin by chipping away at the grout to remove the bond between tiles. Depending on the size and condition of the tile, it may be easier to break it into pieces and remove the pieces or use a pry bar or other tool to lift each individual tile up intact.
After the old tile has been removed, the subfloor will need to be sanded down or built up so that the new tile can be installed on a flat surface.
The Disadvantage of Traditional Tile Removal
It can be tempting to DIY your Tampa tile removal to save money, but this process can be incredibly dusty and dirty, and even using tape and plastic tarps to contain the dust during the process won’t keep this debris from being introduced into the air once the tarps are moved.
Abston Installations is a professional flooring company that specializes in dust-free tile removal. You will enjoy the benefits of a cleaner, quicker project, without having to lift a finger yourself.