How to remove ceramic floor tiles - Hyperion Tiles

How to remove ceramic floor tiles

Easy ceramic floor tiles removal tips & handy hints

Ceramic and porcelain tiles seem to be a popular flooring choice these days, but they can also be difficult to remove. In this blog post, we will go over the process of removing ceramic tiles from your floors and show you how to prep your floor before installing your next floor!

Sometimes, installing a new floor can be an easy and straightforward process. But when you want to replace your old ceramic tiles with something else - like vinyl or hardwood floors- there are some steps that need taking before laying down the material of choice on top of them!

You'll have to remove any existing markings from under these surfaces so they don't get stuck in places where we don’t want them going again, and if it's not already done, then probably find someone who has had experience doing this kind of work because he will know just what tools/equipment would make things go much smoother overall.

At Hyperion Tiles, we have years of experience removing ceramic floor tiles and can help guide you through the entire process. Let's take a look at the process of removing ceramic tiles.

Do You Have The Right Tools For The Job?

There are a number of tools you can use for removal, depending on the type and depth that your ceramic floor tiles sit in. If they're just above ground level, essential hand tools will work fine. Still, power vices may be necessary when breaking apart thicker pieces or lifting out very heavyweights from difficult areas where there's not enough room around it with normal strength alone!

With a hammer drill and chisel attachment, you can get through this job in no time if installing over solid mortar or concrete slab, we recommend using an extra tool for more control of your drilling process. At Hyperion Tiles, we have access to all the equipment needed to make the job finish as smooth as possible, So there is no worry about renting expensive power tools.


The removal of tile can generate a lot of dust. This is why it's essential to protect your ventilation system with plastic sheeting and ensure no unwanted particles travel through the home or office space you're working in during this process!

Wear a dust mask, eye protection, and hearing gloves when demolishing tile. The hammering action can kick up shards of broken or chipped tiles that could cause severe damage to your eyes; wear long sleeves if you're handling sharp pieces during this process as well!

Find A Place To Start

Find a place to start removing tiles. This could be an edge, a corner, or in the middle of the floor - wherever is easiest to access and start breaking tiles away. If you're starting in a difficult-to-reach area, use a chisel and hammer to break the tile into manageable pieces before removing them with your hands.

When working with porcelain tile, take extra care as it's very sharp and could cut like glass if not appropriately handled. 


A floor scraper is an excellent tool for removing tiles on hammer and chisel demolition jobs. It can save you time by providing more leverage than your hands alone, and the extra effort will be worth it when everything goes much smoother!

Hammers and masonry chisels are necessary to remove thin-set adhesive or grout that remains stuck to the underlaying surface after the tiles have been removed. This depends on how much work needs to be done, what kind of new flooring you want to be installed in its place (carpet? wood?).

Remove Underlayment

It may be easiest to remove any damaged or old flooring before installing new ones. If you need different types of underlayment for your project, now would make sense as the perfect time!

Cutting the underlayment into manageable sections is a great way to make removing it easier. Cut with one circular saw blade setting, then loosen or remove as needed!

Clean Up

After completing the cleanup, use your vacuum to remove any dust that may still be present.

Sturdy contractor trash bags can hold debris for disposal until you're able to remove it from your house; however, don't worry when you use Hyperion Tiles. We are true professionals who can clean up and not leave a spot of dust left.

Watching the process of removing ceramic floor tiles is pretty neat. Our team at Hyperion Tiles has been helping people with their floors for years, so we know a thing or two about how to remove these pesky pieces of material from your home. Contact us today to schedule a consultation, and we can help you with the entire process, start to finish!  If you’re interested in learning more about how to get the best out of your Tiles, from Minoli and Ca'Pietra, are the team you need. Additionally for more information on cleaning your tiles check out our blog on the topic. – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What tools do I need to remove ceramic floor tiles?

You will need a few essential tools, including a hammer, chisel, putty knife, safety glasses, work gloves, a pry bar, a floor scraper, and a bucket. You may also need a tile scraper or floor scraper machine for larger areas. Browse our range of floor tiles to find the style that matches your aesthetic.