How to Remove Tile From a Concrete Floor

Removing tile from concrete floors can be a difficult and time-consuming task. To begin this task, any trim around tiles must first be removed by scraping.

Beginning by chiseling and scraping away at the tile and adhesive to break it free. This may require lots of hard work.


Chisels are hand tools designed for using to remove small amounts of material. Chisels come in various shapes and sizes and serve a range of functions; some types are specifically designed for woodworking or metalworking, while others can cut through multiple materials.

Chisels can be used to break up concrete, brick and other similar surfaces in situations where using an air hammer would be impractical. Chisels also make excellent tools for clearing away adhesive residue on concrete subfloors after tile has been removed, providing an efficient means of removal.

Before using a chisel, first assess how your tiles are attached to the concrete floor. If they’re floating or click-in place tiles, no breaking up is required as pressing on them will simply slide them off from its foundations. However, if fixed with thin-set or mastic adhesives then hand breaking will likely be necessary in order for you to successfully use a chisel to separate them apart.

Use a cold chisel to break up the grout between tiles and concrete floors, then carefully pull up and remove them all at once.

At least a few inches long and equipped with a hand maul, essentially a mini sledgehammer that you can hit with your cold chisel, it will make the process simpler and reduce any chances of injuries to yourself or the floor during demolition.

When removing large numbers of tiles quickly, use a hammer drill equipped with either a chisel tip or scraping attachment for speedier removal. This method will break up grout and loosen mortar for easier extraction.

Hammer and chisel tools can also be used to remove any adhesive that remains on the concrete after you’ve pulled up your tile, helping smooth out its surface and making installation of new flooring simpler.

Chiselling should aim to create a score line where stones or bricks will naturally break cleanly – this doesn’t need to be very deep; just something that makes the material want to crack along this route. Repeat strikes along this score line until break occurs.


Removing tile can be a complex task, but with proper planning and the appropriate tools it’s possible. A hammer is one such tool which can help remove ceramic, porcelain and other types of tiles without harming the subfloor underneath them.

Locate how the tiles are attached to the concrete floor, such as using mastic (ceramic tile adhesive) or thin-set mortar. If in doubt, contact a professional contractor or home improvement store for guidance.

Once you understand how the tile is secured, this knowledge will enable you to select an appropriate hammer tool. No matter if they’re attached with glue or thin-set, a suitable hammer tool should be chosen for their installation.

Before beginning to dismantle tiles, make sure the area is thoroughly cleaned up and all loose pieces of tile removed. Take extra caution as you disassemble each one so as not to break pieces as you go along.

Utilizing your hammer and chisel, remove tiles in small sections at a time using this method to accelerate completion and limit hazards caused by broken pieces. This ensures a more thorough job is completed quickly while protecting your floor from hazards caused by loose tiles that might fall to the floor during this process.

If you have a large area to tile, renting a hammer chisel may help speed up the process. Many home improvement stores provide these tools as rentals; typically costing $50-$60 USD per day.

When removing tile, it is crucial to wear appropriate safety gear and ear protection. Knee pads and face masks should also be worn to shield yourself from flying debris.

Removing tile requires extensive knocking, which can result in serious injury if done without adequate safety equipment. Furthermore, the dust produced while taking down tiles may spread into other rooms so be sure to block off all vents in the room so as to keep debris from traveling through your house and spreading further.

Before beginning to remove tiles from a space, it is wise to clear away furniture and other delicate objects from it in order to reduce the likelihood of glass fragments splintering into your head while making it easier for you to work in an enclosed environment where you’ll have a clearer view of what’s around you.

Pry Bar

A pry bar is an invaluable tool, capable of being used for multiple tasks. One such use might be for extracting tile from concrete floors.

Removing tile from concrete can be an intricate and time-consuming task that requires patience and expertise. Before beginning this endeavor, it is also crucial that you identify which tools will be necessary.

Dependent upon the size and strength of the adhesive holding your tiles together, depending on their size and the strength of the glue used, you may need to use a hammer and chisel to break them up before using a pry bar for removal. You could also try an angle grinder equipped with a diamond-tipped blade to crack tiles into smaller pieces that will be easier to handle during removal.

HYDE 9-1/2″ Bent Pry Bars are an invaluable tool for quickly removing individual vinyl or ceramic floor tiles during repairs. Simply insert one end beneath a tile’s seam, lightly tap its other end with a mallet to drive further into the subfloor, then pull up and away from underlayment to extract it.

Pry bars can also be useful tools in demolition work. Renovation projects often necessitate taking down floors and walls in order to get to framing or alter room layout; using a pry bar quickly and safely is often required for this process.

When using a pry bar, make sure to wear eye protection and a hard hat to shield the metal tool from hitting you in the face or head. Doing this will prevent accidental collision between tool and you and protect you from being struck by it if it hits.

If you are working in an area containing many objects, such as walls or window frames, a longer and wider pry bar might be the way to go. Since these tools can be quite costly, be sure to research various models until finding one that best meets your needs.

A good quality pry bar should have a comfortable handle, striking cap and sturdy design to withstand beatings. Furthermore, it should be made from high-grade steel that has been heat treated, nickel plated, hand polished and has non-corrosive oil coating to extend its longevity as well as having a locking device on the head that lets you customize its angle of attack.


When removing tile from a concrete floor, it’s vital that you use the appropriate tools. Otherwise, using incorrect ones could make the task more complicated and time-consuming than necessary.

One tool you may require when removing tiles from a concrete floor is a shovel, a long handle with a broad, deep scoop or blade at its tip.

A shovel’s blade is typically designed for scooping up loose material such as dirt or grass. When selecting the appropriate shovel size, considerations such as length of shaft (the part of handle attached to blade) also play an important role in selecting one; longer shafts reduce stress on back muscles by decreasing how often one needs to bend in order to push loads forward.

Longer shovels are useful tools, but not always required for various jobs. Too long of a shovel could make it more difficult to transfer loads safely into place and possibly cause harm to those lifting it.

Small and mid-sized projects often benefit from using hand-held tools. These typically consist of tools with steel core handles or graphite fiber-reinforced cores created by either heating metal bars until they become plastic, or by gathering bundles of graphite fibers and forcing them through an opening in their handles.

Befor you begin removing tiles, make sure that the area has been carefully assessed to ensure a safe working surface. Remove and replace any damaged or crumbling tiles as necessary and repair any cracks or dents where applicable.

For your own safety when removing tile from concrete floors, it is imperative that you wear protective equipment, including leather gloves and safety glasses as well as a dust mask to avoid inhaling debris or fumes during the project.

Once you’ve assembled all the tools needed, and have an understanding of what needs to be accomplished, the next step should be scoring each old tile using a scoring tool in order to identify individual ones that must be removed.

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