How to Remove Black Tile Adhesive

Written by amanda flanigan | 13/05/2017
How to Remove Black Tile Adhesive
(tiles image by Charles Taylor from

Tiles are a popular flooring option because of their inexpensive price tag and ease of installation. Removing or replacing tiles can leave behind black tile adhesive on the floor. The job of the black adhesive is to attach the tile to the flooring securely so the tile does not move or shift. This makes removing the black adhesive difficult, but not impossible. The method of removal depends largely on the type of flooring that the adhesive is stuck on.

Rent or purchase an electric hammer chisel with a scraper blade at your local home improvement or tool rental centre.

Read all manufacturers' instructions and follow all warnings for the electric chisel.

Secure the scraper blade to the hammer chisel.

Switch the eclectic chisel to on when ready to begin.

Place the blade at the edge of the black tile glue. During the removal process the blade will move back and forth to push the adhesive free from the concrete.

Clean up the loosened adhesive with a broom and dust pan.

Open doors and windows during the process to provide adequate air ventilation.

Equip yourself with a dust mask and rubber gloves.

Apply a methylene chloride paint remover to the black tile adhesive. The paint remover will loosen the adhesive making it easier to remover.

Scrape the loosened adhesive with a paint scraper. Discard the adhesive.

Wash the tile or floor with soapy water to remove any adhesive residue. Allow to air dry.

Things you need

  • Electric hammer chisel with a scraper blade
  • Broom
  • Dust pan
  • Dust mask
  • Rubber gloves
  • Methylene chloride paint remover
  • Soap
  • Water

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