Asked on Jul 10, 2018

How to remove old tile & add new tile to 2nd story bathroom flooring?

WilliamNancy TurnerOliva


The former owners tiled the middle of the bathroom but, left the edges and the toilet area just subfloor. I cannot match the time so it will need to be removed then, re-tiled. Any suggestions on how to get old tile up? What do I need to know about tiling a 2nd story bathroom?

Thanks in advance.

4 answers
  • Zard Pocleeb
    on Jul 10, 2018

    You can use a long handled scraper and lots of elbow grease, or you can buy a small version of a jackhammer that’s made for just such a job. You will have to work on your knees, but can always buy a set of gel knee pads.

  • Oliva
    on Jul 10, 2018

    Is it possible to measure depth of current tile, find something in compatible color for edging? You may be able to pull up toilet and install compatible tile beneath toilet, although you may have to make some cuts.
  • Nancy Turner
    on Jul 10, 2018

    Could you possible find a time that coordinates with the tile that is put down already that is the right size? All you would have to do is take off the toilet to tile underneath it and reinstall it when finished. That way you would not have to take up the tile and go through all that mess. It would be like putting a framing edgework around the bathroom and I don't think that would look bad at all. I hope this helps you, Donna!
  • William
    on Jul 10, 2018

    A small sledge hammer, dust mask, and eye protection to remove the tile. Remove toilet, and vanity if you can. Then you can tile. Replace toilet with new wax ring.

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