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Removing Ceramic Tile

I'm replacing my ceramic tile countertops and backsplash with a laminate. How do I remove the ceramic tiles without damaging the drywall?

Q:

I'm replacing my ceramic tile countertops and backsplash with a laminate. How do I remove the ceramic tiles that appear to be adhered directly to the drywall, without damaging the drywall?

– Yadkinville, North Carolina

A:

Tom Silva replies: I'm afraid you don't. The tiles never should have been put directly onto the drywall in the first place. You just aren't going to get the tiles off without damaging it. But drywall's cheap, so just forget about it. Tile isn't. If you're lucky — depending on the adhesive that was used — you may be able to take the tiles off, soak them in water and remove the glue, then scrape, clean, and reuse them.

 
 

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