How to Remove Glue From Old Adhesive Tiles

Peel-and-stick adhesive tiles are an easy-to-install and a relatively inexpensive flooring option. The glue on the backing is designed to keep the tile in place. This means that trying to remove the adhesive from the tile can be a difficult and time-consuming project. You could spend hours trying to scrape the glue off. Fortunately, certain methods can help in making the adhesive removal process easier and quicker.

Apply heat to the glue, using a hair dryer. The heat will soften the old adhesive, making it easier to remove.

Move the hair dryer in a slow and steady back-and-forth motion across the glue for a few minutes.

Scrape the glue off with a hand or paint scraper.

Wipe the tile with a damp, soapy cloth and allow to dry.

Open doors and windows to provide proper ventilation.

Apply white spirit to a clean cloth.

Wipe the tile with the cloth. The white spirit act as a solvent to remove the adhesive glue.

Wipe the glue up with a clean cloth.

Rinse the tile with a damp, soapy rag and allow to dry.

Place a block of dry ice on the back of the tile. Allow the ice to freeze the glue.

Scrape the adhesive off immediately after the dry ice has frozen the glue.

Wipe with a damp, soapy cloth and allow to dry.


Never touch dry ice with bare skin. Always wear rubber gloves. When using white spirit, keep all sparks and flames away.

Things You'll Need

  • Hair dryer
  • Hand scraper or paint scraper
  • Damp, soapy cloth
  • White spirit
  • Clean cloth
  • Dry ice
Cite this Article A tool to create a citation to reference this article Cite this Article

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.