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Tile Removal the Easy Way

How to Remove Tile Flooring at Home

So you want to remove your own tile? You watched a few shows on HGTV and feel like you can handle the job. Well, we’ll be honest with you. It’s not easy. However, with our guidance and powerful tools from Speedy Floor Removal, we can make tile removal as easy as it can be!


Steps to DIY

Remove the Baseboards and Trim

The first step to removing tile is first removing the baseboards and trim. While removing, make sure to take care so that they can be reinstalled once the new flooring is installed. Gently remove them with a thin pry bar. Make sure to remove any appliances in the room and built-in furniture, like cabinets.

Without the proper equipment, there will be dust involved in the process. You will want to cover any vents with painter’s tape and plastic to keep any dust from entering the ventilation system.

Remove the Tile

For this part, you will need a hammer and a chisel. Before you can start popping up tiles, you will need to first break one apart with the hammer to get to the others. Once you have broken apart the first tile, you can then use the chisel to pry it up. Use the hammer and chisel to pop the rest of the tiles up by placing the chisel against the bottom edge of the tiles and using the hammer to apply pressure to pop the rest up.

If the flooring area you are removing it too large for this tedious task, you can use electric tools to for quicker, more efficient work.

Remove the Underlayment

The underlayment is whatever you find under your tile once you have pulled it all up.

This can include:

  • Cement
  • Plywood
  • Backer Board
  • Plywood
  • Or more tile…

In most flooring jobs, it is best to go ahead and remove the underlayment, as it could be concealing mold or water damage. It should almost always come up after removing the tile.

If there are screws attaching the underlayment to the floor, you can use a screw gun to remove them. Pry up the edges of the underlayment; this can be done with a roofing rake and a flat shovel.

Clean the Subfloor

It is important that your floor is properly prepped before the flooring installation. You will need to remove any adhesive and remaining screws. If there is any remaining thin set, you will need to go over the surface with a scraper. If there is any old thinset left behind, your new floor could have holes, cracks, and uneven surfaces.

It is very important that you do not begin installing your new flooring until the subfloor is completely flat and smooth.


Speedy Assist Program

The job of tile removal, or any floor removal process really, can be a daunting task. And after reading through what it takes, you may have some doubts, but Speedy Floor Removal is here to lend a hand.

With the Speedy Assist Program, you can get our industry leading floor equipment along with one of our highly trained experts to get the job done quickly and efficiently. Our expert will assist you in the planning of the floor removal, operating the equipment, and also provide you the tools needed for a successful floor removal project.

The Speedy Assist Program will assist you in floor covering removal, coating removal, and even surface preparation to make sure your floor is properly prepped before installing the new flooring. Speedy Floor Removal serves Jacksonville, Gainesville, and the surrounding areas in Florida.  Let us assist you with your next project and call Speedy Floor Removal today!


3 Reasons to Remove Your Carpet

Are you vacuuming once a week and scrubbing your carpet with DIY floor cleaners and still not seeing a difference? Carpet can be a hassle to keep up with, especially with kids or animals in the house. The floor removal experts at Speedy Floor Removal has compiled three reasons you may think about removing your carpet.

Why You Should Remove Your Carpet

Extensive Cleaning

Accidents happen in life. People spill drinks, track in dirt with their shoes, drop food on the floor, and so on. Unfortunately, if any of this happens on carpet flooring, you will have a hard time getting the stains out.
Even dirt is hard to get out of carpets. Small dirt particles tend to hide deep in the carpet’s fibers which can only be reached by professional cleaning tools. However, even with a professional’s help, there will always be some areas that just can’t be reached.


Carpet is like a magnet for dust mites, pet dander, dead skin particles, mold, and other allergens that may provoke allergic reactions. Carpet fibers then trap these allergens in hard to reach places that are hard to clean. For households with small children, this can be a big issue as children’s immune systems are more sensitive.
Check out this blog post to learn more about the dangers of dust inhalation and how we use state of the art equipment to capture dust when removing your floors.

Speedy Floor Removal carpet removal machine

Old Age

Carpet has a shorter lifespan than most other types of flooring. It should be replaced approximately every eight to ten years. With proper maintenance, you may be able to extend the life of your carpet, but it will still need to be replaced at some point in time. You will know when it is time to replace it by the appearance, and sometimes even the smell.

Some signs could include:

  • Stains – There are stains on your carpet that no amount of cleaning has been able to fix
  • Wear and tear – Mattered carpet, tears, and significant wear
  • Smells – Lingering smells even after deep cleaning
  • Increased allergy symptoms – Older carpets catch and retain more allergens

Removing Your Carpet

If your carpet has seen better days and you are ready to remove it, Speedy Floor Removal is here to help. Removing your carpet can be a difficult task. Doing it yourself can be a long, painful process, especially if the carpet is glued down. Let the professionals at Speedy Floor Removal take the load off of you with our latest technology and specialized process. We will remove your flooring safely and quickly in homes and businesses throughout North Central Florida

To learn more about our floor removal services, contact us today!


Three Reasons Why Your Tile Floor is Uneven

Tile is a great flooring choice for many Floridians due to its durability and ease of cleaning. However, after a little wear and tear, homeowners may find that their tile floor is uneven. An uneven floor is not only noticeable, but it’s also dangerous. Children and adults of all ages are more likely to trip and fall due to an uneven floor. Uneven floors also allow dirt and moisture to enter below the tiles, causing damage and mold buildup.

Factors that Contribute to Uneven Tile Floors

If you find that your tile is uneven, whether it be right after the contractor leaves or years after your tile was installed, there are a few reasons why this could happen. We’ve outlined the top three common reasons you have uneven tile floors.


Epoxy is a high-strength adhesive used to glue down flooring. When replacing tile or carpet, this adhesive needs to be removed by special equipment before installing new flooring. In some instances, a contract will smooth over the old layer with a new layer of epoxy because of how difficult it can be to completely remove epoxy.

This can ultimately ruin your new flooring and cause unevenness throughout your home. Before your contractor installs your new flooring, ask him or her about the epoxy and its risk of damaging your floors.

Initial Installation

If the job was done right, all of the floor’s joints should be even and the edges of each tile should be nice and level. Uneven tiles are often referred to as “lipping.” Lipping can also lead to chipping of the tiles where the floor between tiles is uneven. Before you hire your installation contractor, check the web for reviews in your community to lower the risk of hiring someone unqualified for the job.

Water Damage

Ceramic floor tiles are not affected by standing water, but the grout between the tiles are susceptible to water damage. Sometimes it’s easy to detect flood damage. But other times, such as a slow leaking pipe, can be harder to detect and the water can damage the grout. This causes the tiles to become loose and uneven. Not only can it cause the tiles to shift, but if the water sits too long and goes unnoticed or untouched, it can cause mold or dark staining.

The Solution to Uneven Tile Flooring

Unfortunately, the best solution to correcting uneven tile flooring is by starting from scratch. Here are the proper steps to remove your flooring so the outcome is perfectly even floors.

  • Hire a floor removal contractor – trusting a floor removal company to expertly remove your tile flooring and prepare the surface below for new flooring.
  • Find a reliable floor installation contractor
  • Select your new flooring – new tile floor or switch to hardwood? Work with your local contractor to decide which floor is best for your needs.

Tile Removal and Surface Preparation with Speedy Floor Removal

Removing your tile floor is a timely, messy, and exhausting task. Let us do the hard work by removing your tile and eliminate your concerns of having an uneven surface underneath. Speedy Floor Removal not only provides tile removal services, but we also remove carpet, paint, hardwood flooring, and more! Contact us today to receive a free project estimate!

Waste Removal Crews Ready for Hurricane Irma Cleanup

After a natural disaster in Florida, homes and businesses often have an extensive cleanup from water damage. Luckily in the Jacksonville, Gainesville, and St. Augustine areas, Speedy Floor Removal specializes in the removal of flooring, cabinets, drywall, and more while keeping costs low to help you and your family get back on track.

Hurricane water damage

We utilize advanced technology and trained professionals who are dedicated to responding immediately to hurricane damage. Our cleanup crew can remove most flooring and provide these other services in 1-2 days, depending on the scope and size of your restoration job.

If your home experienced water damage from Hurricane Irma and you are looking for a reliable and affordable solution, contact the professionals at Speedy Floor Removal.

Home Restoration Services After a Hurricane

Water Damage from Hurricane

If your home experienced significant damage from Hurricane Irma, the following services may be needed to restore your home:

  • Drywall Removal
  • Tile, Wood, and Carpet Flooring
  • Cabinet Removal
  • Tile Floor Repair
  • Painting
  • Carpet Repair and Installation
  • Waste and Haul-Off Removal

Luckily, Speedy Floor Removal is here for your hurricane cleanup. No job is too large for our team. We specialize in floor removal services and cleanup for customers including:

  • Homeowners
  • Condominiums and Apartments
  • Property Managers
  • Universities
  • The Hospitality Industry
  • Municipalities
  • And much more!

Call Speedy Floor Removal for Hurricane Cleanup

We’re Here for Your Removal Services

When your home experiences water damage from a hurricane, having one qualified company for entire process can help you save money and keep costs low. Call Speedy Floor Removal after Hurricane Irma to learn how we can help restore your home quickly so you can get back to enjoying your home.

Best Types of Flooring for Florida Beach Homes

If you live around or near the coast in Florida and frequent the beach, there is no doubt you probably struggle with sand finding its way into your home. While the beaches give many Florida coastal homeowners a place to cool off and relax, it, unfortunately, follows you home (and not in a good way!).

Whether you own a beach home or your permanent residence is near the coast, there are several ways you can make your beach clean-up experience easier—starting with your flooring.

Which Floors Are Best for Beach Homes?

Sand can be the biggest reason why you change your flooring to meet the demands of owning a home near the beach, but your decision can also be determined by coastal themes and maintenance that is required for a beach home. Below, we have compiled a list of the three best types of flooring for your Florida beach home.

Luxury Vinyl Plank

Luxury vinyl has come a long way in recent years. What used to be very expensive is now affordable for most. Best of all, luxury vinyl plank flooring is easy to clean. Because hardwood flooring can be easily ruined with sand and exposed sunlight, luxury vinyl gives homes that hardwood flooring look without risking expensive damage over time. Vinyl plank is also waterproof, making it durable against time, messes, and high levels of traffic.


There is a reason why many homeowners put tile in their kitchens and bathrooms. It is not only durable, but one of the easiest floors to clean, making it ideal for your Florida beach home. While tile typically isn’t found in living areas of typical homes, your coastal home can incorporate a wide variety of tiles throughout all areas and still feel homey. Beach homes can benefit from the clean look of tile flooring with the added bonus of easy upkeep, no matter what you may track in from the beach.


Concrete flooring has become a huge trend in the last few years. Giving many homes an industrial look, concrete flooring is durable and can withstand just about anything! Some flooring companies are now offering dying and coloring techniques where you can change the color from the dark, industrial look of regular concrete to a modern, one-of-a-kind colored or textured finish. Concrete flooring is easy to clean and maintain, which is perfect for coastal properties.

One disadvantage of installing concrete flooring is how hard the floor is. However, with area rugs and frequent vacuuming, concrete can be a durable flooring that requires less upkeep for your coastal lifestyle.

Replacing Your Flooring? Contact Speedy Floor Removal

You might be considering swapping out your current floors to better suit your coastal home. If you’re looking to replace the flooring in your beach home, contact the experts at Speedy Floor Removal. Our team can help you update your home with modern flooring by taking care of the hardest part–the floor removal! We’re so happy to serve North and Central Florida homeowners, from coast to coast!

Contact us and receive a free project estimate for your floor removal project!

How to Choose the Best Floor Removal Company

If you’re thinking about replacing the flooring in your home, you probably already know that you have a pretty large project at hand. Luckily, there are many floor removal contractors nationwide to help with such a project.

But with so many contractors in today’s market, there also comes a lot of impostors. So, how do you choose the best floor removal company for your upcoming project?


Floor Removal: The Guide to Best Floor Removal Practices

The time has come. You have finally reached the realization that you need a new floor. Whether you are renovating your home or just replacing the tile your bathroom—the time has come to replace your floor. For the most part, floor removal is pretty cut and dry. However, what you may not realize is that there are significant differences between DIY  floor removal and hiring a floor removal specialist. What is even more important to know is the effects that virtually dust-free floor removal has on you, your home, and your environment.


Thinset: What You Need to Know

Recently, we have discussed various flooring options, how to clean them, and how to remove them. All of these blogs had something in common—thinset. But, what is it, why is it used, and why does it need to be removed?

Whether you are adding onto your home, or renovating—replacing your home’s floor is very common. The first step to this process is removing your current floor. Regardless of how you remove your floor, one thing is certain—thinset is underneath.

What Is Thinset?

Thinset installation Thinset is a blend of materials that include: cement, fine sand, and a compound that allows cement to hydrate properly. Thinset acts as an adhesive for various types of floors. The idea is to add a thin layer-3/16 thick-of thinset to a bare, clean cement or concrete floor before installing tile, stone, marble and more. Most thiset adhesives are available in either gray or white. You’ll want to choose a white thinset if you are going to use a light colored grout, and a gray thinset if you plan on using a dark colored grout. Keep in mind that you may pay more for a white thinset because of the color modification during the manufacturing process.

Thinset can also be referred to as a dryset mortar, drybond mortar, or more simply—mud. Be careful as some of these terms can be thrown around loosely. Make sure to check with manufacturer instructions, or get a professional’s opinion before installing any adhesive to your floor.

Why Is It Used?

Many years ago, thinset products were not available. Before the development of moisture-resistant adhesives, basic elements were used. Portland cement and sand were used to make mortar for tile floors and walls. Thinset products and setting methods were developed for setting tiles. Previously, floors were installed directly over cement. Though this worked, it was labor extensive and more expensive. A thinset installation allows high quality, strength, and flexibility


  • Various formulations for tiles
  • No mold growth
  • Easy to apply
  • Unaffected by heat or water


  • Sold in powder bags; has to be mixed
  • Everything that is mixed turns hard
  • Hard to find right consistency
  • Only tiling stores offer variety of thinset options

Why Does It Need to Be removed?

Thinset removal If you have decided that your home or office needs a new floor, the most important step is removing the old floor and its adhesive. Unfortunately, you can’t simply reapply thinset and install your new floor. Even after doing your best to remove most of the old thinset, having any remnants of old thinset makes new floor installation nearly impossible. This procedure is not only hard work but extremely important to new floor installation.

Leaving your floor with old thinset can cause your new floor to have holes, cracks, and uneven surfaces. This can be hazardous to people, equipment, and furniture. For more information about floor preparation visit Speedy Floor Removal. Our state-of-the-art machines can remove any elements left behind from your previous floor, including:

  • Adhesives
  • Thinset
  • Paint
  • Sealer
  • Epoxy
  • And more!

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How Speedy Floor Removal Can HelpThinset removal with handheld

Speedy Floor Removal has several floor removal packages to choose from to help best meet your needs. Since our inception, we have been focused on providing you with the best team to do the best work possible. You receive the most experienced team with the most advanced technology to date. Our customers always receive the best customer service and satisfaction over anyone else. Our services are in many locations to accommodate you!

These areas include:

Call Speedy Floor Removal today for your free quote!

Virtually Dustless Tile and Thinset Removal

The process of removing tile and thinset can be messy; however, a virtually dustless floor removal prevents dust from filling up your home and settling. Having the proper equipment reduces airborne dust that ends up collecting in all areas of your home. We guarantee that our virtually dustless floor removal process captures about one pound of dust per square foot. Therefore, our virtually dustless process is cleaner, safer, and healthier than standard floor removing services.