Renovation Series - Removing Existing Shower Tile


Renovation Series – Removing Existing Shower Tile

If you’re looking to start a bathroom renovation, you’ve come to the right place. We’re excited to introduce the first Appliance Educator blog in the Renovation Series! One of our Appliance Educators recently started renovating his bathroom and has created a complete tutorial for each step in the renovation process! Every week, we’ll document and publish his progress for you to follow! He’ll also share some Appliance Educator tips and tricks to help make your renovation go as smoothly as possible. 

Bathrooms are one of the most underrated rooms in a home. Many homeowners tend to focus on designing the living room, kitchen, or bedroom to create an ultimate oasis. But, the bathroom is actually an important part of your daily and overall life at home. The Appliance Educator team is here to help you get started on tackling your bathroom renovation! Even if it isn’t your first time renovating a room in your home, you might find some helpful tips for your next renovation.

For our Appliance Educator, it made the most sense for him to start by removing the existing shower tiles. Unless you plan on removing your shower system, we recommend covering your tub or shower with some type of cardboard or plastic wrap. You’ll also need : 

  1. Heavy Duty Work Gloves
  2. Safety Goggles/Glasses
  3. Hammer 
  4. Various Chisels
  5. Small and Large Crowbar
  6. Large Bucket 
  7. Heavy Duty Plastic Bags

Make sure to keep an area reserved for your waste. Sharp tools and shards of tile can be a tripping hazard, so it’s important to try to keep a clear path to walk around. Bathroom renovations require major demotion and create a ton of waste. Keep heavy-duty plastic bags handy to throw out waste as you work. 

By using a chisel and hammer, our Appliance Educator was able to easily remove each individual piece of tile. To take off a larger tile surface, he wedged the chisel between the tile and wall, then lightly hammered it further in. The light hammering and angle of the chisel eventually caused the tiles to pop right off with ease. In order to remove the tiles further towards the center, a crowbar really comes in handy. Having two different crowbars of different lengths will give you more maneuverability as you lightly hammer off the shower tiles and reduce any possible muscle strain.

We’ll be releasing weekly blogs as the renovation progresses so make sure to follow Appliance Educator on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter to get all of the latest updates on our Renovation Series. We’d love to hear about your personal bathroom renovation stories in our comments!