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Old 07-27-2012, 02:02 AM   #1
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I think I may have stumbled into some luck!

My relatives are buying a very old house and will need to redo the kitchen. The small green tiles that are currently serving as a counter top, while absolutely hideous in this kitchen, are exactly what I want as my accent tiles in the kitchen and bathroom. Since they are pulling it all out, I get to keep it! Yay!

But... will it be usable? Are there any tips/tricks to removing it so that I can use it? I don't need much so it's not a huge deal if we can't salvage any of it but free is best right?

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Old 07-27-2012, 07:04 AM   #2
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All depends on how poorly it was installed.
If it was done right there's about a 0% chance of saving it.
I'd be looking for some new tiles.

Check on Craigs List, or a Restore for some cheap tile.

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You may need a table belt sander---unless the tile is something really special the cost in sandpaper,tools,chemicals and time make salvaged tiles very expensive---
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Well I was a little afraid of that. I figured I could still try. If they are usable great; if not, then at least I tried.
How do I go about getting off the residual junk on the tiles though? I figured some sanding, but there are chemicals as well?
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Depends on the composition of the tile---chemicals can be used on porcelain tile---but will soak into soft bisque backed tiles and cause bonding failures ---so sanding is your safest method.
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