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Bathroom Floor Tile


Bathroom Floor Tile

When we bought our last house it had linoleum floors in all the wet rooms (bathrooms, kitchen and laundry)  The linoleum was more of a country home design and was warn from use and cat scratches. Well, it was time for it to go and so we decided tile.

This was my first time I have ever done tile. Never been around it before, so I didn't even know the basics to tiling a floor.

First is the job of removal. You have to pull up old flooring. You want to get rid of any particleboard and soft or loose materials. Our house was only about 17 years old so under the linoleum and particle board was solid plywood with no rot or issues. YAH!

particle board chunks from tearout
Particle board chunks.
If you have molding or trim you will want to carefully remove this before pulling up the floor. The toilet will have to be removed as well as any other items attached to or in the way of the floor coming up.

When attempting to tear out the floor, the particleboard may be under the cabinets. If this is the case you will have to cut with a toe-kick saw that can be rented at tool rental shops. It is up to you to use caution when using power tools, if you haven't done it before, best to get advise before attempting the job the could lead to toes being removed.

After cutting the edges that need to be cut (note: not all edges will need to be cut.) You can then start pulling up the floor. Since ours was newer we removed linoleum first to expose screws, used a cordless drill to remove the screws and then pulled up the plywood using hammers, claws, and even ends of 2x4's to get leverage under the particle board which was still held down by staples about every 4" square!

old linoleum

tear out old linoleum floor first

The linoleum will leave some paper stuck to the particleboard. This will hide the screws and the filler will usually be in the screw head also making them difficult to get to. Just keep the battery charged and go at it with a cordless drill.

piece of particleboard

Sometimes I was able to get large pieces if I used pry bars and other items under as I slowly made my way across the floor, but most pieces were probably about this size.

particleboard with staples

staples on floor

These staples were everywhere making the task slow and tedious.

Now for the next step in tiling a floor - the subfloor preparation.

Subfloor prep

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