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Removing a ceramic towel bar

We are looking to update the hardware in our bathroom.  Currently, everything is ceramic and is not just screwed into the wall. 

What is the best way to remove ceramic hardware with doing the least damage to the wall?

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Posted 2011-01-26T18:10:29+0000  by mlt1009 mlt1009


Hey mlt1009, welcome to The Home Depot community.

Glad you asked before just tearing it off the wall, it’s actually a fairly easy fix and can be done with a few simple tools.

  •  Goggles /mask
  • Hammer
  • Chisel
  • Putty knife or mini pry bar
  • Grout saw

First you want to make sure that you are wearing the proper safety gear so that nothing flies off and hits you. Begin by using your grout saw which come in a number of different styles and designs. Whether your grout saw be manual or power, completely remove the grout around the towel rack and be careful not to damage the surrounding tiles.

Once you have all the sides of both mounting points cleared of all grout you will want to try and tap your pry bar or putty knife in under the towel rack where it is mounted to the wall, again being careful not to chip or crack the surrounding tile (sometimes covering them with a few layers of masking tape can give you a little cushion and prevent damage). Once you have loosened up one side move onto the other and make sure to support it in this step so that it doesn’t just fall onto the ground breaking more tiles. Once removed go back into the areas where it was mounted and chisel the remaining mortar out and you are now ready to set a fresh tile and mount your new hardware. Let me know if you have any other questions or would like a little more information from us.

We also have a great video on another section of our site that Joe and Ray took the time to make with a step by step on how to replace a damaged tile. Click me.

Posted 2011-01-26T19:45:04+0000  by HDwetPaint

This is great but I was wondering how to remove a ceramic towel bar that is glued onto the drywall with as little damage as possibel.  Is it possible without having to patch the wall??  Thanks!

Posted 2012-02-06T16:38:47+0000  by berbebob

Hi berbebob,


Thanks for your question and welcome to the community!


Doing little damage to your drywall when removing your towel bar will depend on how strong the adhesive is that is on it. While there is no general adhesive that contractors or builders use to install a towel bar, it usually is a very strong material. At this stage, make sure that the towel bar is not screwed in, and that you are certain that the bar is glued in. If it is screwed in, the removal process can be much easier for you. If we know it's glued in, lets get started....


To elminate as much drywall damage as you can, I'd advise first to cut or score the top layer of sheetrock around the bar as close to the bar as possible. This way, once you remove the bar, the drywall and paper layer on top won't be coming off in unexpected ways. A good sharp utility knife can help you out in this. In fact, if you score deep enough, you should be able to get through most if not all of the drywall layer.


At the end of the day, you will have some damage to your drywall, but not as much as if you simply just ripped it off the wall. Even though you may have small holes, they can be easily repaired. We sell drywall patch kits that work great for this in our stores. Below is one that works great in fixing up the holes.

DAP DryDex 8 oz. Wall Repair Patch Kit


Hopefully this has helped you out, and please let us know if you have any further questions.




Posted 2012-02-06T17:29:02+0000  by Joseph_HD_ATL
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