How to remove 6" square tiles off the floor. concrete underneath?


they aren't smooth on top. my walker goes bump bump. when wet they are slippery.

I don't suppose there is an easy way to take them out?

thanks kay

  19 answers
  • Michelle Leslie Michelle Leslie on Mar 02, 2021

    Hi there, so sorry to hear that and it's not safe either, especially if you're using a walker. My Mom had a similar problem in her flat and the cheapest option we could find was vinyl flooring. I was quite surprised at how pretty some of them are. A carpet could help too. Please stay and I hope you get it sorted out quickly.

  • It will need to be removed with a chisel and that's a big job.

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Mar 02, 2021

    You are correct, there is not easy way. Normally in removing tile, you will need to wear protective clothing and eyewear. You break up the existing tile with a hammer and then use a chisel to remove it. Since you mention a walker, I would think this isn't a job for you to diy.

    As for the slippery, you can add some non slip textured strips that are self adhesive. I did that to our carport metal railing because my husband would have trouble on them. You just peel and stick it down. That won't help with the bumpy though. Perhaps put down an area rug and secure with double sided tape.

  • I'm sorry to hear that, it doesn't sound safe. As others have said, it's a big job, unfortunately. Perhaps if you had a contractor take a look they could come up with another solution like laying a tightly woven carpet over it or another flooring like laminate. They might not need to take it up, although, I suspect that's the only way to correct it.

  • Mogie Mogie on Mar 02, 2021

    Here is a link that provides detailed info but this is a lot of hard work.

  • Cynthia H Cynthia H on Mar 02, 2021

    Hi! Removing them doesn't sound like a project you want to take on. A temporary fix might be a rubber backed runner that is fastened down or carpet, or rubber strips glued to the floor. A long term fix would be to have them pried up and the floor leveled. It's a safety issue for you, so find out if your bureau of aging or another agency can help. Good luck!

  • Deb K Deb K on Mar 02, 2021

    Hi Kaydale3, are these tiles intact? If so, you can likely put new flooring over top of them, just need to make sure they are even and smooth, you can lay vinyl, or peel and stick or even wood, laminate over top.

  • Betsy Betsy on Mar 02, 2021

    Hi Kaydale: There are some places that may help you out. Check with your city or the Boy Scouts, or check this site for help:

    Good luck

  • Dee Dee on Mar 02, 2021

    There is a tool at the hardware store that looks like a flat shovel that is used to remove tiles. There is no easy way to remove. BUT the new luxury vinyl can be placed on top of the tiles with removal.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Mar 03, 2021


    Warm them up to soften the adhesive and use a Wallpaper Scraper to remove them!

  • Sharon Sharon on Mar 05, 2021

    Rent a hammer drill with a spade/shovel bit for around $40,,,, probably even cheaper if you a Home Depot rental near you

  • Flipturn Flipturn on Mar 05, 2021

    I highly doubt that any Boy Scouts leader would commit their pack members to a job such as this. The liability issues, - risk that someone would become injured or damage occurring to the property are just too high. The days of free troup labour are long gone.

  • Annie Annie on Mar 05, 2021

    Hammer and chisel, and a heavy metal scraper. Or a hammer gun will do it.

  • This is a big, messy, complicated job that you’d best avoid unless you’re willing to hire a qualified contractor. Know that any type of flooring you put over it will likely end up damaged. You might consider rubber mats or other types of non-slip thin rugs.

  • Simple Nature Decor Simple Nature Decor on Mar 06, 2021

    There is a special machine you can rent at Home Depot for tile remover

  • Might be easier to put new flooring right over top.

  • Flipturn Flipturn on Mar 15, 2021

    Yes, putting new flooring over top of the existing flooring may be easier than tearing out all the old stuff. However, it will lead to additional problems with the differences in height created at the transition points, such as hallways, and doorways to adjoining rooms. If these points are not blended or curved properly, they can be barriers to mobility, or dangerous trip hazards.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on May 14, 2021

    Hello Kay,

    You don't say where the floor is, If in the bathroom or kitchen it will not be an easy job! Sadly not a job I would suggest you did! You would need to get on your hands and knees to get them up using a small coal chisel or a strong wallpaper scraper and a hammer to band the chisel under the tiles to lift them. You would need to be strong to be able to do it!.