Removing Ceramic Wall Tiles from Ceramic Tile Shower Video

How to Remove Ceramic Wall Tiles from a Ceramic Tile Shower Stall

By Mark J. Donovan

In this video, Mark Donovan of shows how to remove ceramic wall tiles from a ceramic tile shower.

Whether the ceramic tiles are beginning to fall off the shower walls, or you simply want to update your custom ceramic tile shower you will need to remove the old ceramic wall tiles from the shower.

Removing ceramic wall tiles requires a hammer, chisel, flatbar, utility knife, and a good set of work gloves and safety goggles.

I reiterate safety goggles. Safety glasses are insufficient when removing ceramic wall tiles.

Removing ceramic wall tiles from a shower is hard, dirty, dusty work so be prepared physically and mentally.

To remove ceramic wall tiles use a hammer and either a heavy duty chisel or flatbar to pry away the old ceramic wall tiles.

Hold the chisel or flatbar at a shallow angle while tapping it with a hammer to remove the ceramic wall tiles.


If the ceramic wall tiles butt up against the ceiling, use a utility knife to score the seam where the ceramic wall tiles meet the ceiling. This will help to prevent the ceramic tiles from pealing away the textured ceiling.

For information on installing a shower pan membrane liner for a ceramic tile shower, see the Shower Pan Membrane Liner Installation Ebook from  The Shower Pan Membrane Liner EBook will quickly teach you the step-by-step process for installing the shower pan membrane liner correctly. It includes instructions on framing the shower stall, pouring the pre-slope and shower base mortar, and installing the shower pan membrane liner.

Shower Pan Membrane Liner Installation eBook

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See my “How to Tile a Custom Ceramic Tile Shower” Ebook to learn how to tile your own shower:  For a detailed set of instructions on tiling a shower floor and walls, including pictures for every step in the process, see my “How to Tile Custom Ceramic Tile Shower Ebook”.

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