Plan to repair your wall after you remove your granite backsplash.

How to Remove a Granite Backsplash From a Wall

by Maria Magher

Granite is a beautiful and durable stone that makes for an ideal backsplash in your kitchen. If your granite backsplash has started to show signs of wear, or if you have simply decided that you want a new look in your kitchen, you can remove the granite, but it will not be an easy job. Though the process itself isn't complicated, the granite is heavy and fragile and won't come off the wall easily. You will almost certainly have to repair the wall once you remove the tile.

1 Lay down a drop cloth to protect your countertop and floor.

2 Cut the bead of caulk around the tiles with a utility knife. Cut the strip where it meets the counter.

3 Cut out the grout lines between the tiles using your rotary tool fitted with a grout bit. Wear safety goggles to protect your eyes while you work.

4 Starting at an edge, tap your putty knife or pry bar behind a tile, slowly removing it from the wall. Remove and reinsert your putty knife or pry bar along the edge of the tile until a large portion of it separates from the wall. Insert the knife or bar farther behind the tile to remove it the rest of the way.

5 Continue working in this manner, removing each of the tiles from the wall until you have removed the entire backsplash.

6 Scrape off any remaining grout from the wall, and use an orbital sander to smooth out the wall. You will likely have to use drywall compound to repair the wall.

Items you will need

  • Utility knife
  • Strong putty knife or pry bar
  • Rubber mallet
  • Rotory tool
  • Grout cutting bit
  • Drop cloth
  • Safety goggles
  • Orbital sander

Tip

  • You can use a hammer and chisel to break up one or two tiles to make removing them easier.

Warnings

  • Granite is heavy and can shatter. When removing the tiles, use caution to avoid having tiles fall on you or the floor, injuring you or causing expensive damage to your kitchen.
  • Always wear safety goggles when working with power tools.

About the Author

Maria Magher has been working as a professional writer since 2001. She has worked as an ESL teacher, a freshman composition teacher and an education reporter, writing for regional newspapers and online publications. She has written about parenting for Pampers and other websites. She has a Master's degree in English and creative writing.

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