If you’re thinking about dustless tile removal in your home, it’s important to consider all that goes into the process when you take on the task. If it’s not done well, tile removal can create a lot of dust and emit harmful particles into the air, which could cause serious health problems, damage your home, or end up costing you thousands of dollars in cleaning costs.
For these reasons, many Phoenix homeowners are opting for dustless tile removal, which offers a cleaner, quicker solution to traditional tile removal.
Dustless Tile Removal: Methods and Procedures
Dustless removal requires an oscillating tool, chisel and hammer, floor scraper, vacuum, and broom. Here are the steps for dustless tile removal in Phoenix:
1. Attack the Grout
The first step of dustless tile removal is to attack and remove the grout head-on. Once you’ve put on all of your protective gear, including goggles, you should put your oscillating tool against the grout, turn the blade on, then lightly push down for the best results. Don’t force it, let the tool work for you.
Once you have gotten most of the grout out of a particular area with the oscillating tool, you should opt to use either a thin chisel or a flat head screwdriver, and tap lightly on it with a hammer. If you are having trouble, be sure to hold the tool at a 45-degree angle, which will yield better results. Be sure not to pound straight ahead though, as that will result in broken tiles. Using a chisel or screwdriver will allow you to get smaller pieces of grout between the joints that a power tool won’t be able to get.
2. Clear the Perimeter and Remove Dust
As you are removing grout, you’ll want to move your way around the entire perimeter of the tile. Get as much grout as you can out. Once you have cleared the perimeter of a tile of any grout, you’ll want to vacuum out any dust or powder out of the joints between the tiles
For best results, you’ll want to use a shop vacuum with a nozzle extension. This will allow you to reach deeper into the joints, clearing out dust and other loose material far more effectively. Vacuuming is essential for dustless tile removal.
Alternatively, you can choose to combine steps one and two, vacuuming after you clear a section of the perimeter. The advantage of doing this is that you will have a cleaner work area and be better able to see what you are doing, resulting in an even better job.
3. Pry Sections of Cracked Tile
For this step, you’ll want to use a chisel and hammer to pry loose one of the cracked sections of the tile. Keep tapping until the tile falls off and continue until the whole tile is removed. If there isn’t a crack in the tile, you can make one by hammering in the center of the tile until a crack appears. Continue the process for each tile.
4. Sweep up and Responsibly Dispose of Tile
After you pry up your last tile, you’ll want to sweep up the pieces of tile and properly dispose of them. Generally, this means you may have to search for a waste management company in your area that can handle used tile. You don’t want to leave your tiles anywhere where it could cause a hazard, as tiles can sometimes contain harmful materials.
You do have several options for disposal, however. If you’re left with whole tiles, you may be able to donate them to organizations such as Habitat for Humanity. Sometimes they’ll even take broken pieces. You can also look for any tile recycling options in your area in order to reduce your impact on the environment by not letting tiles pile up in landfills.
5. Remove Remaining Mortar
Finally, you should scrape off any mortar that is left behind using a floor scraper. A final vacuum sweep will complete your dustless tile removal job.
However, sometimes mortar can be hard to get off, even with a scraper. You can opt in these situations to soak the tiles for five minutes in a water/muriatic acid mixture (1 cup acid to 5 gallons water). This should loosen the mortar enough to scrape off. Be sure to use rubber gloves and a respirator. After scraping off the mortar, rinse the tiles in clean water and let them dry for 24 hours.
The Benefits of Dustless Tile Removal
Traditional tile removal could end up costing you lots of time cleaning your home if not done properly by your tile removal company. Also, you will probably end up with a layer of dust all over your cabinets, in your AC unit, and throughout the home.
In contrast, dustless tile removal is clean and safe for you and your home. The job can be done in almost half the time, meaning you’ll save time and avoid the inconvenience of having your house turned into a construction zone for days on end.
You’ll also save money by avoiding the costs of cleaning the mess that could come from traditional tile removal and get the job done efficiently and effectively in one shot. There won’t be any hidden costs, and you’ll protect your family by avoiding the health hazards of traditional tile removal.
Contact Removal Tech
Contact Removal Tech to receive a free quote for your flooring removal needs. As specialists in a wide range of floor removal services, you can rest assured you’re in good hands when you hire us. You’ll save yourself time and hard labor so you can quickly complete your renovation.