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Best way to remove old tiles and the adhesive

The flooring in the kitchen is proving harder to remove than expected. The adhesive underneath is incredibly hard to remove and I just wanted to know what is the best way to remove this?

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Thank you to anyone who replies.

3 Answers from MyBuilder Tilers

Hi, As a tiler myself i find it really easy to use a, Breaker, which is a tool i use all the time and easy to use , you can hire them from a good hire store for a reasonable amount of money,, and unfortunately a bit of elbow grease is needed, be patient as you need the floor surface to be pretty decent to allow for new adhesive, it does not have to be perfect though..

good luck

Chris X-traordinary Tiling


Answered 17th Jan 2013

Your best bet would be to throw down a screed of self leveling compound on top of the old adhesive, that would save you the heartache of trying to remove stubborn hard to move old adhesive. It's pretty much foolproof & takes minutes to lay & you can pick this up from any tile store or B&Q, wickes etc & leaves a perfect surface for whatever flooring you choose to lay back down.

Hope this helps



Answered 21st Jan 2013

I personally use my Hilti fitted with the bolster attachment. Removes old tiles fast and in a jiffy as well as giving an excellent keyed surface for the adhesive.


Answered 18th Jan 2014

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