How can I take down and replace bathroom tiles?


My husband is buying a home that was built in 1973 and the bathroom has tile walls. I was wondering if we could pull the tile down without having to worry about coming in contact with any lead. We want to make our bathroom more modern.

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  • Emily Emily on Jul 31, 2019

    Tina. Our house was built in 1905 and we bought it in 1971, know how much time I spent worrying about lead and/or asbestos ?. . . zero. At what I am sure would be prohibitive costs you could have someone come out and do a lead abatement test.

  • Pat Pat on Jul 31, 2019

    Our house was built in the 1960's and it had pink tile in the bathroom and I painted the tile white about 19 years ago.. We removed all of the tile this year....the man that took it down, did wear a dust mask but only because of the dust from the tile and grout. After the tile was down, he had to sand the wall to make it smooth before he painted it all. Our wall tile went up the wall about 4 feet.

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    • Tina Tina on Mar 24, 2021

      Pat did you have to put up any kind of wall or could you use the wall that the tiles were on. My husband and I are hoping to redo both of our bathrooms this summer. I don't like those tile walls. We are going to replace the rest of the wall with some new sheet rock so would it be better just to sheet rock the whole wall.

  • Joy30150932 Joy30150932 on Jul 31, 2019

    There should not be any lead in the grout, but I would wear a mask anyway in case you disturb the paint that may be behind the tiles, if there is any. Working with grout can be dusty so you should err on the side of caution anyway.

  • Lifestyles Homes Lifestyles Homes on Mar 22, 2021

    There should be no lead in this demo work.

    You can wear any of the masks that are NIOSH 95 or 100. Like a N95 or N100.

    The P95’s and P100’s are for Petroleum based dust.

    Either will work and wear eye protection.

  • Tina Tina on Mar 22, 2021

    Thank you!

  • Agnes Chrzanowska Agnes Chrzanowska on Jul 31, 2021

    if you do that new underlayent needs to be put down or your install will go to a dissaster after some time