Some of the most important elements of bathroom design are bathroom tiles. They usually serve to tie in all the other elements of the bathroom, but the best-planned tile work can actually service as a focal point in its own right. If you want to change the look of your bathroom radically, changing out your tiles will definitely do the trick.
Of course the old tiles will have to be removed. If you decide to take on the job yourself rather than hiring a professional to do it, you should be prepared for what will be a formidable task. Here are the key steps to removing your bathroom tiles.
Plan the job. Decide if you want to remove the floor tiles only, or the wall tiles as well, and decide task you will take on first. This will help you do the job more efficiently and save you time.
Clear out the bathroom. Remove everything that can get in the way of your task. It might be a good idea to place drop cloths on immovable fixtures that might be scratched or damaged when tiles fall off the wall as they likely will. You should also prepare some buckets or trays where you can place the bathroom tiles as you remove them.
Remove all fixtures.
If it is possible to do, you will have to remove the toilet and sink assembly. Shut the water off first and then loosen any bolts that affix them to the floor. Afterwards, you then break the toilet or sink off from floor by rocking it gently back and forth.
Lift out the tiles.
Finally, you are ready to remove the first tile. This is the most difficult part of this stage since you will have to break into the grout without an entry point. After the first one is removed however, it should be easy enough to get to the rest of the bathroom tiles.