How to remove epoxy glue from shower tile

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Epoxy glue is an extremely strong resin made effective by a unique chemical reaction. It is most commonly used as a general-purpose adhesive for tasks that require an especially strong hold. Because of the nature of epoxy glue, it can be a costly mistake to spill any excess onto household surfaces. The bond it forms makes it one of the most difficult adhesives to remove with conventional cleaning methods. Removing epoxy glue from shower tile will require patience and the proper materials, but is a relatively simple process overall.

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Things you need

  • Acetone
  • Latex gloves
  • Rag or cotton pad
  • Plastic scraper

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  1. 1

    Protect your hands with a pair of latex gloves and apply a small amount of acetone to a rag or cotton pad. Wipe the acetone generously onto the affected area of the shower tile.

  2. 2

    Allow the acetone to soak the epoxy glue until you can feel it begin to soften. Then begin loosening the glue with the plastic scraper and use a moderate amount of pressure to prevent damage to the tile surface.

  3. 3

    Do not let the loose pieces of the glue fall into the drain, but dispose of them properly in a waste-paper basket. Wash the surface of the shower tile with an appropriate household cleaner to remove any remnants of the glue.

Tips and warnings

  • Purchase a bottle of acetone from your local supermarket or drugstore. Most household nail polish removers are composed purely of acetone.
  • Open a window in your bathroom or leave the door open to prepare a well-ventilated workspace. This is a necessity when working with harsh chemicals that emit hazardous fumes, such as acetone.
  • Consider using a face mask to further protect yourself from the acetone fumes. It is a harsh chemical but is unfortunately the only efficient method for safely removing epoxy from shower tiles.

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