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How Can I Clean Mastic Adhesive From an Unglazed Tile?

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    LESLIE: Now we’re heading over to Texas where Moses has a question about tiling. How can we help you today?

    MOSES: I Googled to find out how to tile my shower and I used a product. I believe it’s called “mastic.”

    TOM: Yep.

    MOSES: And I did a great job, if I can pat myself on the back, doing it but when I went to clean it, I didn’t realize that I was supposed to wipe the mastic off of the tile. And I had two kinds of tile. The white tile that was smooth – traditional bathroom shower tile – I was able to use a razor and scrape it off.

    TOM: OK.

    MOSES: But I had an accent/textured tile that I cannot get that mastic off.

    LESLIE: And it’s not glazed?

    MOSES: Yeah, it’s not glazed. And I’ve scraped and it leaves a spot and I don’t know how to get the mastic off.

    TOM: Have you tried an adhesive remover?

    MOSES: What would you recommend?

    TOM: There are a good number of citrus-based adhesive removers that might free up that mastic and enable you to kind of brush it out of those nooks and crevices.

    MOSES: OK.

    TOM: And that’s probably your best shot, at this point.

    MOSES: OK. You know, the one thing the video didn’t cover is wipe as you go.

    TOM: But you know what? Kudos to you, Moses, for taking on that project. And I’m sure even though maybe it bugs you every time you look at it, that it wouldn’t be terribly obvious to others that see it. And they really would appreciate your skill in taking that on.

    MOSES: Thank you very much and I’ll try that product. And I appreciate your help.

    TOM: Good luck, Moses. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.

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