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Karimbo
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Saving used tiles...

Post by Karimbo » Sun Mar 11, 2018 12:35 am

Hello Shannon,

My question may seem strange but you'll understand once I've explained...

I have a bathroom floor that has tiles on the floor. I've installed them myself and I was pretty proud of my job.

But a small part of the floor has been damaged by water and the tiles have been plucked off the floor.

My problem is the following:
1) I do not want to tear up the whole floor (way too much work) and install new tiles since it is only a small portion of it that is damaged.
2) I cannot find the matching tiles on the market because they seem to be discontinued.
3) My best choice: reinstall the old but intact tiles that were plucked off the floor. The only problem is: they have old concrete on them.

I would like to "clean" off the concrete, but I am afraid of breaking the tiles. If they break, I WILL be forced to redo the whole floor.

Do you have any suggestions on how to strip away old concrete from used tiles so they can be reused? I thought about grinding away the concrete with a grinder but I wonder if it might break the tiles. Are ceramic tiles (not porcelain) strong enough to withstand the stress of a grinder? If so, what grinding disc should I use? Do you have a better idea? It will be very welcomed.

Thanks a lot! And keep up the good work!


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Re: Saving used tiles...

Post by Shannon » Sun Mar 11, 2018 8:25 am

If you were able to: pluck" a few off of the floor without breaking them they are not likely installed well. But if you want to re-install ,your idea of grinding the mortar off may be the only real option. I would use a segmented concrete blade. What ever you do there is the risk of breakage.
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Re: Saving used tiles...

Post by A. Spruce » Sun Mar 11, 2018 10:11 am

Grinding is probably the best option so as not to break the tile. I'd use a diamond blade, which will cut the materials off rather than trying to use an abrasive which will cause a whole lot more vibration and chance for breakage.

Carefully clamp the tile to your work surface, keeping it fully supported, DO NOT try to hold the tile and cut/grind on it at the same time, this is a recipe for disaster!
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Re: Saving used tiles...

Post by Karimbo » Mon Mar 12, 2018 7:23 am

Thanks a lot, both of you!

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Re: Saving used tiles...

Post by A. Spruce » Mon Mar 12, 2018 8:53 am

make sure you wear eye protection and a good dust mask, things are about to get messy!
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