Removing tiles stuck to bath
The Guardian, Saturday 19 February 2011
The previous owner of our house stuck tiles to the corner of the bath. How can we remove the sealant and/or grout without damaging the bath to get the tiles off? If the tiles hide damage, how do we repair it? It’s not an old bath but it’s not plastic.
We asked our DIY expert, Julian Cassell. “It’s a little concerning that someone has stuck tiles to the bath – I would fear the worst about hiding damage, but unless you look you won’t know. The sealant can be removed with a window scraper, but take care not to scratch the bath surface. Alternatively you can use a sealant remover; this dissolves the sealant which you simply scrape away. No-Nonsense Sealant remover is cheap (£2.79/100ml, from screwfix.com) but remarkably effective. After this treatment, I’d be surprised if the tiles didn’t come away with a little gentle persuasion with a scraper around the edges. Finally a bit of methylated spirit on a rag should clean away any residue. If you find damage, as long as it’s not too major, excellent bath surface repair kits are available at tubbyuk.com.”