Vintage tile repair
March 22, 2014 10:26 AM Subscribe
The good news is that I found white hexagonal tile under the nasty vinyl flooring. That's also the bad news. Here is the floor currently
. Basically, the tiles themselves are in pretty good shape considering they are about 100 years old. There are a few cracks, but the real problem is that the glue from the floor that was above it will not come off from in between the tiles. Detail shot
. This is pretty much the kind of floor we want, but the mrs. is about ready to call it and just install a new hex floor on top. I'm not quite ready to give up.
posted by mike_bling to Home & Garden (13 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
So far I've tried goo gone, mineral spirits and most recently DuPont stone tech acidic cleaner. I'm using a steel brush and it is bringing up the concrete the tiles are set in but seems to have minimal impact on the glue. I'm running out of ideas. It seems like a shame to tile over original tile just because of a little glue to me, what do you think? Main issue is that this is holding up putting in the sink while I decide what to do. We've done this a bit in the wrong order, the walls are already tiled. So the basic question is, keep trying to repair or just give up?