removing tile to restore tile underneath

aliciaandbillyJuly 31, 2011

we have a beautiful 1924 home that we are restoring room by room. our bathroom is next on the hit-list and we are looking for some help. we currently have ugly pink 4" X 4" floor tiles covering the original marble octagonal bathroom tile. we are hoping the pink tile protected the marble and all is in good shape...we'll find out once we get the ugly pink tiles up. but that's were we need your expertise...how do we remove the pink tile without damaging the marble tiles underneath? we welcome any and all ideas.

thanks so much.

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lazy_gardens

Very carefully! :) And accept that you might not be able to do it. Here's where you pray for a sloppy sub-standard contractor.

How do you know the original marble is under there?

And how was the pink 4x4 laid?

    Bookmark   August 2, 2011 at 1:47PM
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aliciaandbilly

Well, there's a very good chance that the job was sloppy, given that they laid the tiles around the vanity and toilet instead of under them. We know this because we first found the tiles when we had the toilet replaced, and again when DH pulled off the toe-kick on horrible 1960's vanity to see the condition of the floor under it. Aside from a little rust where the original pedestal clearly stood, it looks to be in great condition.

Now the only question is how to get started in pulling up the pink tile. The glue that appears to have been put down first comes right off with a plastic putty knife, but we're having trouble figuring out how to pull up the tiles to even get to the glue layer.

Does anyone have experience with removing a single layer of tile from another layer?

    Bookmark   August 3, 2011 at 10:22AM
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lazy_gardens

It's very likely that the marble is embedded in a solid mud base and won't easily come loose.

Are the 4x4 pink tiles vinyl or ceramic?

    Bookmark   August 3, 2011 at 8:15PM
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brickeyee

Be prepared to have the marble re-polished.

It is very unlikely to be in good shape, especially after removing tiles adhered to it (thin set or mastic will not matter much).

Marble is soft stuff and easily damaged.

    Bookmark   August 4, 2011 at 7:48PM
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