How to Remove Glue From Old Adhesive Tiles

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How to Remove Glue From Old Adhesive Tiles
The adhesive on the back of the tile can be difficult to remove. (tile layer image by Greg Pickens from

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.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Hair dryer
  • Hand scraper or paint scraper
  • Damp, soapy cloth
  • White spirit
  • Clean cloth
  • Dry ice

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  1. 1

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

  2. 2

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

  3. 3

    Scrape the glue off with a hand or paint scraper.

  4. 4

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

    White Spirit

  1. 1

    Open doors and windows to provide proper ventilation.

  2. 2

    Apply white spirit to a clean cloth.

  3. 3

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

  4. 4

    Wipe the glue up with a clean cloth.

  5. 5

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

    Dry Ice

  1. 1

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

  2. 2

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

  3. 3

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

Tips and warnings

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

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