How to Remove a Toilet Paper Holder From Wall Tile

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How to Remove a Toilet Paper Holder From Wall Tile
Surface-mount toilet paper holders are easy to remove from tile. (Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

Toilet paper holders keep your toilet paper in a convenient location next to the toilet. The toilet paper itself is held in place by a support mounted between two brackets. There are two main ways that toilet paper holders are mounted on wall tile: tiled into the wall or mounted on top. Removing a tiled-in toilet paper holder from the wall is challenging, but it can be done -- just take your time and work slowly.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Newspaper or old sheets
  • Gloves
  • Safety glasses
  • Grout removal tool and blade
  • Tile chisel
  • Hammer
  • Flathead screwdriver
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Needle-nose pliers

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Instructions

    Tiled-In Holder

  1. 1

    Remove the toilet paper roll from the holder.

  2. 2

    Place newspaper or old sheets on the floor underneath the toilet paper holder you want to remove. Put on safety goggles and gloves.

  3. 3

    Attach a new blade to the tile grout removal tool. Begin sawing away the grout on each of the four sides of the tile.

  4. 4

    Insert the edge of a tile chisel between the top of the toilet paper holder and the tile. Gently tap on the end with the hammer to drive the chisel point between the toilet paper holder and the tile. Move the chisel back and forth along the top edge, tapping it in different locations to free the toilet paper holder from the adhesive behind it.

  5. 5

    Insert the chisel on one side of the toilet paper holder. Repeat the process of gently tapping to separate the holder from the wall. Move to the opposite side and lower edge, and tap the chisel along the tile perimeter.

  6. 6

    Continue the chipping process until the toilet paper holder comes away from the wall.

    Surface-Mounted Holder

  1. 1

    Remove the toilet paper roll from the holder.

  2. 2

    Locate the small screws on the bottom of the toilet paper holder's mounting points on either side. Unscrew these with a flathead or Phillips screw driver as appropriate.

  3. 3

    Lift up on both sides of the toilet paper holder's mounts to free them from the brackets on the wall.

  4. 4

    Remove the screws holding the brackets in the wall, using the appropriate screwdriver.

  5. 5

    Pull out the anchors in the tile with a pair of needle-nose pliers.

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