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Separating Stored Ceramic Tiles That Are Stuck Together

I have ceramic tile on the kitchen wall. Some of them fell off and my mother packed them into a box. I want to put them back on the wall, but now after 15 years of storage, they have glued themselves together. How can I separate them without breaking them? The pattern is no longer continued so I do want to save them if possible. Any suggestions would be most helpful and appreciated.

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July 3, 20100 found this helpful

It may not be possible to salvage them as it sounds like the adhesive has glued the tiles to each other. Try soaking a few in water for a day and see what happens.

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July 6, 20100 found this helpful

If soaking doesn't work, it might be worth trying to heat them to soften the glue. Try blowing a hot hair dryer at them. This time of year you could start by leaving them out in the hot sun! Good luck!

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July 7, 20100 found this helpful

This is my tried and true way to get glued things apart: put the tiles on some foil or an old pan and put in the oven at 350 Deg. Wait 10 minutes, then take out carefully and pry apart with a screwdriver, or knife. repeat if necessary.

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July 8, 20100 found this helpful

Thank you for the wonderful suggestions. I was so happy to find them, until I found they were stuck together. The thought when she packed them away was "If they won't stick on the wall, they won't stick together."

Yes, I think it is hot enough to put them out in the sun. I will try all three ways and see which works the best.

Thank you all again. And yes, Straightace, I need all the luck I can get.

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