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« on: July 25, 2005 07:26:58 AM »

Hey, does anyone know of a relatively easy way to remove peel-and-stick tiles from a floor?  The previous owners (of what is now our new home), for whatever reason, installed these really awful tiles in the bathroom within a month or two of us buying the house.  I'm sure they thought the tiles made the bathroom look nice, but they're white and they look terrible within five minutes of washing the floor.  Besides, they're totally NOT my style.  I want an inexpensive fix so I'm going with more peel-and-stick tiles, I think, but I don't want to lay them over the current floor.  I've been told that removing the old tiles is really easy, but I don't know where to start.

Any other easy, inexpensive flooring suggestions?

Thanks ahead of time!  You guys are great!
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« Reply #1 on: July 27, 2005 10:50:30 AM »

I just did peel and stick in my boys bathroom.  Definately remove the old ones, use a hair dryer to heat them up and they should come up relatively easy, you will need a scrapper and a xacto knife too.

Also when putting the new floor down they tell you to roll it out after you put it on, but mine still buckled some, so I did the hair dryer trick and warmed the glue up then rolled it with a rolling pin and now it is flat.
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« Reply #2 on: July 27, 2005 10:58:10 AM »

Using the paint scrapper definitely helped me get under the tiles and acted as a wedge to pry them off the floor.  Also, if they're super stuck, try using a chisel and hammer to loosen it.

I like the blow dryer idea too, I can see how warming the glue would help with moving them into the right positions.  I wouldn't wait until the very end to use the old rolling pin trick though- I put down about 4 tiles at a time and then rolled them to make sure they were stuck before placing others around it.

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« Reply #3 on: July 27, 2005 11:08:15 AM »

I had to remove an old vinyl floor, not tiles, but similar and I heated the vinyl with an old iron rapped in a towel which made it easier for the old glue to release. Then I pealed and scraped .
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« Reply #4 on: July 27, 2005 11:26:24 AM »

Wow, you guys are great.  I'm sure the blow dryer idea will work out wonderfully!  I went shopping for new peel-and-stick tiles last night so I may get started this weekend.  Thanks!

Did you guys go with the "start in the exact center of the floor" trick?  Most places I've checked out suggest that you start at the exact middle of the floor and go out to the walls from there.  The floor that I'll be tiling is small and narrow.  Seems like I'd be doing a LOT more cutting that way.  Does it make a difference?  Suggestions?  Pointers?  Thanks for your help!
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« Reply #5 on: July 27, 2005 11:33:04 AM »

My husband and I laid ceramic tile in our kitchen and bathroom. we did not start at the center. We started at the back wall of our bathroom and the front edge of our kitchen.

You will still have to trim most of your tiles for your bathroom. but the GREAT thing about peel n sticks is that cutting is super easy. All you do is score the top of your tile with a razor and bend it. snaps right where you scored it. :-)   I used them on our windowseat where there was some ugly linoleum.
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« Reply #6 on: July 27, 2005 11:51:35 AM »

Thanks, newmomerin, for the help!
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« Reply #7 on: July 27, 2005 12:00:15 PM »

With tile, the 'exact middle of the floor' is kinda just a rule-of-thumb...  I usually work from the 'visual center' of a room--- which is an eyeball thing mostly...  And--- if you're gonna have narrow cuts in tiles (like 2" strips or less from 12" tiles- you'll want them to be visually inconspicuous.   I'd finagle the layout to get as full a tile as possible in all the high-traffic areas---  Doorways/thresholds- near sinks or tubs/toilets/counters...  The reason on this is the lessen the amount of joints in the high-traffic areas and provide those tiles that'll get the most wear with the most possible foundation to the floor beneath...

OH- and two things I learned the hard way:  If you're working from mulitple boxes, take ALL the tiles out and shuffle them like cards---  I once had a faux-parquet design- and the images of wood used in one box were different from the other 3 I used...  Yeah--- not so much fun for the inner-perfectionist... 
And- even if it looks like a uniform design--- pay attention to the arrows on the peelaway paper--- they're there for a reason--- I know of one house that has 2 tiles facing in the wrong direction- and every time I see it, I just have the urge to yank up the sucker and turn it 90 degrees...

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« Reply #8 on: July 27, 2005 02:38:43 PM »

Yeah definately use the arrows, oh and BTW doing around the toilet is a pain in the rear be prepared. And yeah we astarted int eh middle kinda and kinda the straight edge of the tub and worked, there were two of us doing it but with my tile it looks fine I used a parquet.
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« Reply #9 on: July 28, 2005 05:20:50 AM »

We used those on our tiny bathroom. We just started at the tub and worked to the wall since everything is on that wall, like the sink and the toilet. But lucky for us we installed them BEFORE we put the new toilet in so going around it was a breeze.
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