How To Remove Tile Backsplash
When it comes to cooking, it is no secret that it can get pretty messy, especially when you are cooking on the hob.
It is really surprising how quickly things can get messy, especially when it comes to soups or other recipes with a lot of liquid.
All it takes is for one bubble to pop in the pan and your tile backsplash becomes well… splashed with food!
Tile backsplashes are a wonderful thing, and they help to protect your kitchen walls from being stained and damaged from the backsplash while you are cooking.
While you may not notice backsplash every time you cook, it is surprising how quickly it can become messy and dirty.
Overtime, they can begin to look a little worse for wear, and may be in need of removing, replacing or updating. While you can contact a professional to do this, it is surprisingly easy to remove the tile backsplash yourself.
In this article, we will be chatting you through the best ways in which you can remove tile backsplash, without damaging the drywall behind it. These steps are easy to follow, and will help to prevent any damage to your walls occurring.
What You Will Need
Before we discuss the method, you will want to use to remove the backsplash tiles, you will need to have all of the equipment you need to hand.
You will need the following:
- Scraper (wide blade)
- Tile Cutter
- Safety Goggles
- Safety Gloves
- Face mask
- Drop Cloth
- Grout Cutter
While you may not need all of these items, they are useful to have on hand as a precaution.
How To Remove Tile Backsplash
Step One — Covering The Counters
Before you begin removing the tile backsplash, you will want to ensure that you have covered the counters with a drop cloth, or something similar to this.
This will help to keep them mess free and will prevent damage too. Drop cloths are large, and will cover the surface well.
You will also need to take as many items off the kitchen countertops as possible to leave you with as much space as possible.
Step Two — Using The Grout Cutter
To begin with, you will want to ensure you are using your goggles, gloves and mask, to keep yourself protected.
Next, use the grout cutter to cut through the grout attached to the first tile you want to remove. In general, it is best to remove a tile from the end of the wall. This will make the job of removing the tiles easier and quicker.
You will want to use the grout cutter to run through the grout surrounding all of the tile. This is a useful step because it makes the tile easier to remove from the drywall.
If you skip this step, this can potentially damage the wall. We would recommend that you cut through the grout of each tile you are removing.
Step Three — Removing The Tile Backsplash
Once the grout has been cut into, it will be easier to remove the tile. You will want to take your wide blade scraper and place this slightly behind the tile.
This needs to be done carefully to ensure you are only removing the tile, rather than parts of the dry wall too. If the area is smaller, you can choose to use a chisel, or a 6 in 1 tool. This is down to personal preference.
Once the tool is placed behind the tile, you can then take the hammer to hammer the tool behind the tile effectively. In some instances, the tile can be removed easily, but in other instances it is more difficult.
This will depend on the type of adhesive that was used to secure the tile backsplash to the drywall.
Given this, it is important to be firm, but careful when removing the tiles. You may find that they remove after a few hits, but others will crumble and are more secure.
We would also advise placing the tool you are using in a direction that is parallel to the tiles, rather than on an angle. This will allow them to be removed far easier. It also helps to prevent damage to the dry wall behind the backsplash.
There is no need to rush the removal process as this will only lead to the dry wall potentially becoming damaged. If the tiles are particularly difficult to remove, you can use a tile cutter to make this process easier.
Step Four — Sanding The Wall
Once all of the tiles have been removed, it is highly likely that the wall behind the backsplash may be chipped slightly, or have some roughness. This is completely normal, especially if the tiles were stuck to the drywall.
The small holes or chips can be filled in fairly easily and covered over to allow the wall to become smooth. In addition to this, the wall can also be sanded down once all of the tiles have been removed.
This is something we would recommend doing. It will make painting the wall or placing new tiles far easier.
Once these steps have been completed, you can wipe down the wall, and remove all of the debris and the cloth.
We hope you have found this article helpful and useful. As you can see, it is rather easy to remove tile backsplash. It is something that you can certainly try out for yourself. The most important thing to consider is the technique you are using.
You want to ensure you are keeping a parallel angle to ensure that the tiles can be removed easily. In addition to this, care needs to be taken to ensure the drywall behind the tile backsplash does not become damaged.
Always remember to not rush the removal process, and take your time when it comes to the sanding and finishing details. This will make all of the difference when it comes to tiling the drywall or painting over it.