Transworld Tile

Thousand Oaks is home to some unique kitchen backsplashes; some of these are breathtaking, imaginative designs that challenge convention or fit a kitchen’s style perfectly while others are uniquely dated and unappealing. If you’re sick of looking at your tired backsplash and want to DIY removing it without damaging cabinetry, countertops, and the drywall awaiting underneath, then the tile experts at Transworld Tile are here to help.

DIY Tile Backsplash Removal

The Tools

To take on removing your kitchen backsplash tile without using a sledgehammer, you’ll need the following:

  • Safety goggles
  • Gloves
  • Dust mask
  • Utility knife
  • Drop cloth (if protecting countertops)
  • Contractor (3mm thick) garbage bags
  • Hammer
  • 5-in-1 tool
  • Flat-head screwdriver or thin wedge tool
  • Angled wide bladed scraper

An Overview

The basics of what you will have to do is to cut away grout on a starting tile, get it off, and then use your angled wide bladed scraper to pry tiles up and off with light taps from the hammer at the back of the scrapers handle. This will free tiles from the glue and grout that is holding them on, potentially in chunks, individual tiles, or broken chips of tile.

Getting Started

If you’re starting with an assembled kitchen, then you will want to take the basic precautions that come with working in a living area, such as:

  • Clear all counters
  • Store all food away from work areas, in tubs or pantries where possible
  • Dismount and remove hanging microwave from work area
  • Ensure power is killed to kitchen outlets, including garbage disposal, microwave outlet, etc.
  • Test any outlet near tile area to be certain it is off
  • Turn off power to range or other appliances that could have electrical running behind drywall under the tile being removed (just in case)
  • Ensure you cover countertops and sink to prevent contamination or damage during demolition

The Technique

If you have a loose tile or easily accessible end, great! If not, you’ll have to create a loose tile by scoring away all grout with your utility knife and eventually lightly hammering it out with your wedge/flathead and hammer. Be very gentle with the first few tiles, and ensure that you clear a space wide and tall enough to fit your angled scraper directly onto the wall. Once achieved, all you need to do to clear open areas is continue to chip away at the under and back side of the tiles using your angled scraper. Tiles should fall away with minimal effort. For troublesome areas, such as along the top of countertops or next to outlet boxes, use a smaller scraper or your wedge/flathead. Finally, using your angled scraper or a 5-in-1 tool, scrape away any excess grout that did not come free with tiles. If required, you can sand the wall for further smoothness afterward.

Clean Up

Your work will probably make a considerable mess, depending on the size and type of tile you are removing. Replace microwave, remove dropcloth, and empty all tile fragments into contractor bags for safe removal (be sure not to make bags too heavy). You’ll want to thoroughly dust, sweep and mop your kitchen after the demolition, if you plan to use your kitchen’s cooking surfaces. From here, you’re free to pick out your next kitchen backsplash tile.

Visit Transworld Tile

As your home for the best kitchen tiles in the Thousand Oaks area, Transworld Tile has the inventory and experienced staff necessary to get you the best possible tile. Visit us in person or check out some of our supply online today!

Contact us with your questions or to set an appointment with a tile specialist today!

We provide tile to the industry and design services to retail customers. We sell a large selection on ceramic, porcelain, glass, stone and marble plus setting materials.

Browse through our selection of tile and stone, we are sure that you will find the one you have been looking for. if you dont, give us a call and we can further assist you. 818-881-9700

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