There are plenty of ways you can update the look of your kitchen. One of the most impactful remodels is replacing the kitchen backsplash. Even if you are not interested in changing the backsplash, it is likely that your kitchen remodeling project will require you to demo the existing tile around the sink and stove. If you are up for the challenge, and have some experience with tools and construction, you might be able to remove backsplash tile in the kitchen on your own without damaging the drywall underneath.
Continue reading for the basic steps of kitchen tile backsplash removal.
What You Need to Remove Kitchen Backsplash Tile
To remove kitchen backsplash tile, there are some specific tools you will need. It is better if you already have experience using these tools, as kitchen tile removal requires precision and technique. You can locate any of these tools at your local home improvement store, or online at your favorite home retailer.
- Putty Knife
- Utility Knife
- Electric or Hand Sander
- 120 Grit Sandpaper
- Drywall Sanding Pad
- Drywall Joint Compound
- Box or Trash Receptacle
- EXPERIENCE (We said that already; right?)
Basic Guide for Backsplash Tile Removal
Turn off the power to the outlets and electricity in the kitchen area.
Be sure your workspace is clear. Remove everything from the kitchen counters, including outlet covers, and anything on top of the refrigerator that might fall off.
Using your putty knife and hammer simultaneously, begin gently chiseling off the tiles. Be very careful not to penetrating the drywall underneath.
Place all of your demoed tiles in a box or trash receptacle and dispose of them responsibly. Consider donating them to an art school.
Under the tiles will be one of two types of adhesives, rock-hard or semi-soft. Semi-soft is also known as mastic, and you will need to use the 120 grit sandpaper to remove it from the wall. Rock-hard is a cement based thinset, which will require you to use your putty knife and scrape it off the wall.
If you have made any gouges in the drywall, use your putty knife, joint compound, 120 grit sandpaper, and sanding pad to repair them.
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