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Tile Removal: How to remove tile from wall

So you’ve decided your room is in much need of an update. Your current décor is not to your style and it’s time you gave it a bit of a makeover, you’ve even found some stylish new tiles to install already. Today, we are going to tell you how to remove tile from wall.  

But there’s a problem! Your current walls are still covered in your old, out-dated tiles and you’re not sure how to remove tile from wall. Don’t worry- removing tiles is a simple job, and in this article of how to tile, we’re here to tell you everything you need to know about how to remove the tile from your wall.  

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how to remove tile from wall

How to remove tile from wall


Before you make any start on your wall, it’s important to think about protection. Once you start loosening and chipping away at your tiles, it’s likely that shards of tile will break and fly around the room.

Make sure you are wearing safety goggles and protective gloves. These will protect your eyes and hands from any sharp pieces of tile that may shoot out from the wall when you’re removing. 


When thinking about how to remove tile from wall, it’s also important to protect the rest of the room around you. For example, if you are working on renovating your bathroom, with large, sharp pieces of tile falling from your wall, there’s a high risk of your bath tub, shower tray or sink getting scratched.  

Before you start to remove tiles from the wall, make sure to cover these up! We suggest using cardboard or some old sheets to protect any of your fixtures or sanitary fittings from any damage. 


Now you’ve got on your protective gear and have prepped your room it’s time to begin removing tiles

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When it comes to removing tile from walls, the first thing you need to do, is scrape out the grout between your tiles. This will help to loosen the tiles and help you achieve a much easier and cleaner removal. This will also reduce the likelihood of tiles chipping and snapping away if you were planning to re-use the tiles for your current room or a different room or be recycled and given away. 

To remove tiles from your wall with ease, particularly for cement-based grout joints, we recommend using the RUBISCRAPER. This tool will enable you to maintain and control the depth of the grout removal reducing risk of chiselling too deep into the wall causing potential problems later on when it comes to re-tiling. 

Its tungsten carbide blades also use a pneumatic like action rather than friction when removing the grout. This means that unlike other methods such as a grinder, it will not generate dust which will reduce the added time to keep the area clean and remove the health risk of inhaling dust. 

The self-guided system will also allow you to stay inside the joint, minimising the risk of damaging or breaking the tile when removing the grout and ergonomic design will give you greater comfort and stability when carrying out this work. 


Now that you’ve removed all the grout, it’s time to remove these tiles from your wall! 

how to remove tile from wall

For this step all you’ll need is a hammer and a chisel. The first tile you remove will usually be the hardest as there’s no easy access from the sides.

However, using the chisel, slide it between the wall and the tile, you can use the now removed grout lines to help you get in-between your tiles. Then lightly hit the end of the chisel with your hammer to apply pressure to it.

This should start to loosen the tile from the adhesive on the wall. Depending on the size of your tiles and how well bonded they are to the adhesive on the wall, you may want to follow this process in a few different spots along the back of the same tile to get it to completely loosen from the wall. 

Once you’ve removed the first tile from the wall, you can use the new exposed edges to begin to target the surrounding tiles and gaps behind the tile. 

If you are trying to protect the floor, make sure it is adequately protected with a thick or several layers of protective covering. This will reduce the risk of tiles falling and causing damage to your floor. 


Once all the tiles have been removed from the wall, the next thing you will need to do is scrape off the remaining adhesive from the wall

how to remove tile from wall

To do this you’ll simply require a putty knife, and use this to run along the wall, taking away any remaining adhesive. If you find the adhesive is partially rigid and you are struggling to scrape it off, you could use your hammer to apply more force.

However, do be careful not to chip or dent the wall itself. This system won’t fully remove all the adhesive however. So to make sure all areas of the wall are even and level, sand down any remaining areas that are uneven. This is highly recommended if you are planning to re-tile the wall, as this will ensure that your new layer of tiles are completely even and you can maximise bonding between your adhesive, wall and tile when re-applying it.  


You’re almost finished. Finally, use a dust pan and brush to pick up any loose pieces of tile or excess dust that remain and use a vacuum to ensure you’ve picked up any small pieces of tile and residue. 

And that’s it! You now know how to remove tile from wall successfully. 

For more tiling tips and tricks on how to tile, please check out more of our blog articles here

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