GGCL Guide: How to remove ceramic wall tiles
During renovation or redecorating your homes or offices, the biggest problem people face is to remove the existing ceramic wall tiles without damaging the wall, surroundings and adjacent furniture pieces. In this article we will go through the process of removing the ceramic wall tiles without breaking the tiles and damaging the wall, surroundings and adjacent furniture pieces.
The easiest and the quickest way is obviously to hit the tiles with hammer and break them up. While this method seems quite alluring, it is very time consuming and tiresome. The reason behind this is the industrial glue used by builders to stick the ceramic wall tiles. This industrial glue is very strong and will hold on to the tiles even when the tiles crack under the constant bashing of hammer strokes. This way ultimately you would have to first break all the ceramic wall tiles and then scrape off all the broken pieces from the wall.
A better idea is to break the grouts around the tiles with gentle, even taps with a hammer and a stiff putty knife. This way the grout around the ceramic wall tiles will give away. Once that happens, you can wedge the stiff putty knife under the tile and give it light taps with the hammer to make it loose. This would make the wall tile pop off. If the tile still refuses to budge, try again after removing some more grout from around the tile. There might be slight damage to the tile but all in all you will get the almost intact ceramic wall tile of the wall without damaging the wall, surroundings and adjacent furniture pieces.
It is extremely important to wear protective eyewear and safety gloves while working with the ceramic wall tiles. Tiny pieces of ceramic may break and fly off as splinters while the tiles or grout is being hammered.