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How to Get Tile Glue Off the Floor

A common flooring option, tiles are durable and -- with the proper care -- will last a lifetime.
An adhesive secures the tiles to the floor, keeping them from shifting out of place. Over time, you may have to replace a damaged tile. If this is the case, you must remove the tile adhesive from the floor before adding the new tile. Unfortunately, removing the tile adhesive from the floor can difficult, even though it's not impossible. .

Step 1

Provide adequate air ventilation by opening doors and windows in the room. The fumes from the paint remover can cause headaches and nausea. Wear a pair of rubber gloves and a dust mask.

Step 2

Pour a paint remover that contains methylene chloride into a paint tray. Dip a clean paintbrush in the paint remover. While holding the paintbrush above the tray, let the excess paint remover drip off the paintbrush and into the tray.

Step 3

Apply the paint remover to the tile glue and let it soak for the predetermined amount of time. Refer to the directions printed on the paint remover label. Most paint removers require a 20 minute wait time.

Step 4

Remove the softened tile glue off the floor by scraping with a paint scraper. Scrape the floor gently and wipe the scraper clean with paper towels after each pass.

Step 5

Wash the methylene chloride residue off the floor with a clean cloth dampened in cool, soapy water. Wipe the floor dry with a towel.

Things You Will Need

  • Rubber gloves
  • Dust mask
  • Methylene chloride paint remover
  • Paint tray
  • Paintbrush
  • Paint scraper
  • Paper towels
  • Dish soap
  • Cloths
  • Towel

About the Author

Amanda Flanigan began writing professionally in 2007. Flanigan has written for various publications, including WV Living and American Craft Council, and has published several eBooks on craft and garden-related subjects. Flanigan completed two writing courses at Pierpont Community and Technical College.