I am considering removing ceramic tile and polishing the concrete or staining it.
Could look good. The risk would be not knowing the condition of the concrete under the tile.
You can use a hammer drill with a special spade bit to get the tile off. Then you can also rent a grinder and buy extra pads to buff off the excess mastic till its smooth. But do wear a rated mask so you don't get lung damage from the concrete dust. Home Depot has good tool rentals.... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=drgB7J-ckbA
Hi Denise. Break up the first tile with the blunt edge of a hammer. Then use a chisel to pry up the remainder of the first tile. Once this first tile is removed, place the chisel against the bottom edge of adjacent tiles, apply pressure with your hammer and the tiles should pop easily. Good luck Denise. I hope you are healthy and well.
You can pry them from the edge with a small pry bar. Start on one side and work your way across. There will be flying pieces, so wear protective gear. Good luck and stay safe!
Break them up with a sledge hammer. Use a hammer and chisel. Self leveling latex modified floor compound to level and smooth the concrete.
There is a tool you can buy at the hardware store that is a long handle floor scraper. It actually works really well. After the tiles are taken up, use the scraper to get up all the grout and mastic. Then you can rent a floor polisher to get the remaining concrete off and smooth.
I love concrete floors. I had a home that had concrete floors. But it was from the beginning of the building that i had the floors. If you are taking out the ceramic, you will need to rent a high power sander to smooth any glue on the concrete, it has to be smooth. I am planning on doing a post on How to create and maintain concrete flooring. Here is a post i did which will show you my home that had the floors of concrete. Just to show you how beautiful they can be. https://www.simplenaturedecorblog.com/building-my-dream-home-in-community-of-palmetto-bluff/
Here is some info to help you. https://youtu.be/sE2bA_W-R_c
What is the sq footage of the area of tile that you are considering removing? If it is fairly large, I would advise that you rent a tile removing machine. They are loud, and make a huge mess, (tile dust will permeate everyting) but they will get the job done way faster than trying to do it by hand.
Keep in mind though that these machines are heavy and unwieldy. It does require a certain amount of physical strength to control them.
Wear long sleeves and protective eyewear. Bust the tile and then remove with a floor scraper.
when you remove the ceramic tile, the concrete will be in rough shape so it will have to be smoothed over before you could paint it
Yes, good point that the 'removal' job will not be finished only when the tiles come off. Further physical work will be necessary to clean and prepare the concrete.