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Remove the Trim

We remove the baseboards or trim work around the room. Taking care when removing the trimwork allows it to be reinstalled when a new floor is installed after the tile floor is removed. We also remove any appliances or built-in furniture like cabinets, if possible. We then proceed to cover any vents with painter's removable tape and plastic to prevent dust from entering the ventilation system.

Remove the Tile
We break up the first tile with the blunt edge of a hammer and then use a chisel to pry up the remainder of the first tile. Once this first tile is removed, we place the chisel against the bottom edge of the adjacent tiles while applying pressure with our hammer. The tiles then begin to pop up with some effort. 

Remove the Underlayment

Once finished with the tile, we remove the tile underlayment if it is deteriorating. Using our screw gun, we remove any screws that might attach the underlayment to the floor. We then proceed to pry up the edges of the underlayment with a roofing rake and flat shovel.


Clean the Subfloor


Once the underlayment is gone, we remove any adhesive with the flat edge of the flat shovel or a carpet scraper for large areas and a scraper or chisel and hammer for smaller areas. We the proceed to clean up any remaining screws and adhesive using a broom and shop vac. The wooden subfloor should be completely smooth before installing a new floor.