How to clean used ceramic tile


Ceramic tile can be expensive and difficult to find, especially if trying to match tile that was previously installed in a home and may no longer be in stock at home stores. Reusing ceramic tile can be an economical choice as well as an environmentally friendly option since it reuses material instead of purchasing new material. There are a few ways to properly clean used ceramic tile before reinstalling the tile on a surface.

Things You'll Need

  • Adhesive remover
  • Cloth(s)
  • Water
  • Small grinder
  • Set the used tiles on a flat surface with the backs of the tiles facing up.

  • Apply a small amount of adhesive remover, available at most hardware stores or home repair stores, to the back of each tile. Scrub with a steel wool pad or heavy duty cleaning sponge.

  • Wipe the back of each tile with a clean, damp cloth after the adhesive has been removed. Dry with a clean cloth.

  • Use a small grinder to remove the adhesive if remover does not work or if the tiles were applied with thinset. Wipe clean after removing any remaining residue and dry with a clean cloth.

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