How to remove old tile adhesive

SMART Rigid Scraper Blade

Over time tiles can get damaged and require replacing, and in during this removal process you’ll be left with old adhesive on the wall. Removing old adhesive is an essential part to replacing any tile. However, it’s important to use the right tool to prevent damaging other existing tiles. Fortunately, SMART have developed the Rigid Scraper blade which is ideal for removing leftover adhesive.

What is the Rigid Scraper blade?

The Rigid Scraper Blade is a multi-tool accessory that’s designed for a range of uses, including removal of floor coverings and silicone. Removing tile adhesive is just one of the many uses of this versatile blade. Offering fast and effective adhesive removal, this blade will instantly turn your multi-tool into a powerful scraper.

Tools to removing adhesive

Generally, you would use a standard scraper tool to clean up old adhesive. As this would be quite tricky and labour-intensive to do by hand, a common trick some tradespeople use is to steam the old adhesive before scraping. Particularly when removing a large area of adhesive. This essentially melts the adhesive, making scraping by hand a lot easier.

Although scraper tools are suitable for removing adhesive, they are much more time consuming compared to the Rigid Scraper blade. By using the Rigid Scraper blade, you’ll achieve impeccable results quicker than any other manual tool.

How to remove tile adhesive using the Rigid Scraper blade

  1. Remove the tile

If required, remove the tile you are replacing by using a hammer and chisel to carefully chip out the tile. Before removing the tile, you may find it easier to first remove the grout from around the edges. We recommend using the Carbide Segment blade for fast and effective grout removal. Learn more about grout removal.

  1. Attach the blade to your multi-tool

 Once you are ready to remove the adhesive, attach the Rigid Scraper blade to your multi-tool.

  1. Remove the adhesive

Apply light pressure throughout to clean off the old adhesive. Before re-tiling, ensure you brush away the dust to create a clean surface.

Watch out video below to see the Rigid Scraper blade in action as we demonstrate how to remove old adhesive. Find your local SMART stockist today.

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