Is There an Easy Way to Take Tile Off a Concrete Floor?

Removing tile from concrete can be a pain in the back, knees and elbows.

Removing tile from concrete does not have to be a difficult task.Removing tile from concrete does not have to be a difficult task.
Pulling up tile can kick up dust, and there's the chance of being cut or poked by shards of broken tile. While it may seem like an impossible task, there are a few tricks to make pulling up tile a much easier endeavor.

Seal the room off from the rest of the house. Open the windows, and turn a fan on to blow any dust out the windows.

Put on a pair of protective goggles, and chisel out the grout between the tiles. Place the chisel at a 45-degree angle, and tap the end of the chisel with a hammer. Work around each tile until you've removed all the grout.

Pour adhesive remover between the tiles, and allow it to soak down to the concrete. Leave the adhesive on the tile for at least an hour to break down the glue and loosen the tiles.

Place the chisel under the edge of a tile, and hit the chisel with a hammer. The glue should be broken down enough to allow the tile to pop easily from the concrete. Repeat to remove the rest of the tiles.

Lay a heavy canvas tarp on any stuck-on tiles and smack them with a sledgehammer. The hammer easily breaks the tiles, while the canvas tarp prevents shards of tile from flying up and penetrating your skin.

Sweep up any broken tile pieces and scoop them into the trash can with a shovel. Chisel away any remaining glue fragments.

Things You Will Need

  • Fan
  • Goggles
  • Hammer
  • Chisel
  • Adhesive remover
  • Sledgehammer
  • Canvas tarp
  • Broom
  • Shovel

Tip

  • You should wear a breathing mask if the dust irritates your lungs.

About the Author

Louise Lawson has been a published author and editor for more than 10 years. Lawson specializes in pet and food-related articles, utilizing her 15 years as a sous chef and as a dog breeder, handler and trainer to produce pieces for online and print publications.