Removing Tile Adhesive From Concrete Removing Tile Adhesive From Concrete
Removing tile adhesive from any surface can be a daunting task. If there is adhesive on your concrete floor you will have a hard time dealing with it, especially if it has been there for some time. Concrete is a rather harsh material and it can be difficult and time-consuming to remove because the mastic can become rock hard. Getting the glue out is possible if you have the proper tools and you are willing to combine different methods that can do the job. Willingness and determination are necessary if you want to have results. The following suggestions cover a few simple steps of true and tried methods of removing tile adhesive. Keep in mind that you can put new flooring over the older flooring, but you cannot place tiles over the older flooring unless it is smooth and clean.
Step 1 – Water the Adhesive
Use hot water to mop the floor where there is the tile adhesive. This is one of the best ways to soften the mastic without damaging the floor. Make sure the adhesive has softened before using a scraper to remove it.
Step 2 – Use Chemicals
Step 2 is an alternative to Step 1, but it can also work combined. Use a chemical adhesive remover, preferably one that does not emit smelly fumes. Apply it according to the instructions on the bottle and allow the remover to sit for some time to soften the tile adhesive. Once it has softened, you can scrape it off. You can use the chemical removers to remove the remaining adhesive, after mopping the mastic.
Step 3 – Use a Sharp Blade
When you work on a concrete floor you can use a tool with a sharp blade which looks like a razor. This is made for this type of job and can help with cleaning the floor surface once you have scraped and removed the softened adhesive.
Step 4 – Sand the Floor
Once you have removed the tile adhesive, sand the entire floor, and then clean it to do work on the concrete flooring, such as installing tile, or using it as it is. Sanding is necessary before installing new tiles or other types of flooring. Although some types of new flooring can be installed over the adhesive, a clean and clear floor is recommended for new installations.
Several types of products for household use have been reported to be quite effective with adhesive. Some common products can easily remove mastic from the concrete floor without using chemicals. Some lubricants can also be very helpful.
In the past, some professionals were using the so-called cutback mastic adhesive to hold tiles. This material used asbestos, which is quite hard and potentially dangerous to remove from any concrete base. If you find it hard to remove asbestos from the floor, you should consult with an expert and flooring specialist who can help you remove the mastic adhesive.
When working with strong chemicals or asbestos, wear proper eye protection, gloves, and body wear especially when working with asbestos. Make sure the room you're working in is well-ventilated.