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    • zenshi
    • By zenshi 24th May 19, 8:44 AM
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    Cleaning up wall tiles to re use
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    • 24th May 19, 8:44 AM
    Cleaning up wall tiles to re use 24th May 19 at 8:44 AM
    I need to re use some wall tiles due to re jigging of kitchen. Iíve tried soaking in boiling water to soften the adhesive but itís not effective

    Is there any additive that would help? Or any other suggestion to remove the adhesive?
    LBM.....sometime in 2013 £27,056. 10 creditors
    Sep 19.....£16, 434.....6 creditors left 39% paid

    £26,200 on interest only part of mortgage (July 16)...will chip away £19,779
    £49,200 repayment mortgage ( July 16) £40,903
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    • nofoollikeold
    • By nofoollikeold 24th May 19, 12:05 PM
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    • 24th May 19, 12:05 PM
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    • 24th May 19, 12:05 PM
    If the adhesive used was NOT a ready mixed one then you may find it impossible to remove.

    The only thing I've found which helped with removing ready mixed (but dried) adhesive was washing up liquid.
    • UncleZen
    • By UncleZen 24th May 19, 12:26 PM
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    • 24th May 19, 12:26 PM
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    • 24th May 19, 12:26 PM
    I got pretty much all the old adhesive of my tiles using the edge of an angle grinder blade.
    It was hard dusty work and they're all back on the wall and haven fallen off (yet)
    • Ebe Scrooge
    • By Ebe Scrooge 24th May 19, 12:27 PM
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    • 24th May 19, 12:27 PM
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    • 24th May 19, 12:27 PM
    As above, it depends on what kind of adhesive it was. But I've had some success in the past with just soaking the tiles in a big bucket of cold water, but leave them to soak for a couple of days. If that doesn't work then you're faced with scraping the adhesive off with a chisel or similar. But you'll struggle to get it all off, and you're very likely to crack a few in the process.
    I may not know much about art, but I know what I like.
    • zenshi
    • By zenshi 24th May 19, 1:29 PM
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    • 24th May 19, 1:29 PM
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    • 24th May 19, 1:29 PM
    Thanks guys. It was a ready made adhesive. Theyíre still in the bucket of water so Iíll have another go and then maybe borrow and angle grinder if needed
    LBM.....sometime in 2013 £27,056. 10 creditors
    Sep 19.....£16, 434.....6 creditors left 39% paid

    £26,200 on interest only part of mortgage (July 16)...will chip away £19,779
    £49,200 repayment mortgage ( July 16) £40,903
    • a.turner
    • By a.turner 24th May 19, 2:20 PM
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    • 24th May 19, 2:20 PM
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    • 24th May 19, 2:20 PM
    Cant be very good adhesive if the tiles came off in one piece.
    • neilmcl
    • By neilmcl 24th May 19, 2:49 PM
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    • 24th May 19, 2:49 PM
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    • 24th May 19, 2:49 PM
    I need to re use some wall tiles due to re jigging of kitchen. Iíve tried soaking in boiling water to soften the adhesive but itís not effective

    Is there any additive that would help? Or any other suggestion to remove the adhesive?
    Originally posted by zenshi
    How long did you leave them to soak. I find leaving tiles in a bucket of plain water overnight usually does the trick. Then use a wire brush to remove the adhesive.
    • mchale
    • By mchale 24th May 19, 6:14 PM
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    • 24th May 19, 6:14 PM
    Steam cleaner
    ANURADHA KOIRALA ??? go on throw it in google.
    • Norman Castle
    • By Norman Castle 24th May 19, 7:23 PM
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    • 24th May 19, 7:23 PM
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    • 24th May 19, 7:23 PM
    I've soaked some but it takes days possibly a week to soften the adhesive.
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    • snilloct1957
    • By snilloct1957 24th May 19, 7:53 PM
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    Years ago I removed some old tiles from a bathroom wall and was left with adhesive on the walls. Going at it with a chisel resulted in taking off chunks of plaster as well. The only thing that worked with any effect was a blowtorch that softened the glue enough so it could be scraped off. Acetone (nail varnish remover) might work, or try asking in your local DIY store.
    • JimmyChanga
    • By JimmyChanga 25th May 19, 12:34 PM
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    Depending on how you're rearranging the tiles, you could always use different colour tiles that compliment the original ones and could act as a feature or border. And randomly insert them elsewhere to match.
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