How To Use Dry Ice To Loosen Floor Tiles

Asphalt tiles were made for damp areas where linoleum will not work well.  They are extremely resistant to fungus, acids, and grease.  When it’s time to replace these tiles, getting them up can sometimes be a problem.  Dry ice can help with this.

Dry ice is extremely cold… dry ice is -109.3°F.  When the dry ice is used correctly, it can break the bond from the glue to the tile.  This can help make removing the asphalt tiles a snitch.

How To Do It

  1. Place dry ice on the tiles that need to come up (make sure you use a good pair of gloves).  You will want to place a few pieces of dry ice in the center of the tile.  The dry ice will start to create a frost on the tiles.
  2. After the tiles become frosted, take any dry ice off that has not yet sublimated.  If you leave the dry ice on the tile too long, it could cause the tile to crack under the extremely cold temperature from the dry ice.
  3. Use a hammer and tap the floor tile lightly.  Do not tap too hard because, again, you have the potential to crack the tile.  Tapping lightly on the tile will make break the bond and knock the tile loose.
  4. After tapping the tiles with a hammer, use a flat head screw driver to pry up the tiles.  The bond should be loosened by this point.  The extreme temperatures of the dry ice should make prying up the tiles pretty easy.

Caution

Dry ice is very cold.  You want to make sure that you take the necessary safety precautions.  Here are a few:

  • Always use dry ice in a well ventilated room.
  • Never touch dry ice with your bare hands.
  • Make sure you cover your body, eyes, etc.  Dry ice is very cold and can hurt you if it gets on your body.
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