How Do I Remove Thin-Set From My Shower Floor?
Thin-set is a common material used to install both floor and wall tiles. It is an effective adhesive for both applications because it is fortified with latex, which makes it very sticky, like glue. But it is also made out of Portland cement and sand, so once the material is dried and cured, it can be difficult to remove from a shower floor. Shower pans are also made out of a Portland cement and sand mixture called sand mix. The two materials bond together very well, which can complicate the thin-set removal process. Remove existing tile from the shower floor with a wrecking bar or a pry bar. Be careful not to damage the shower pan while you are removing the tile. Scrape thin-set off of the cement floor with a 4-inch flooring scraper. The blades are replaceable, so have a few extra blades on hand for convenient replacement. Vacuum up thin-set dust as you go with a shop vacuum so you can discern the scraped areas from the unscraped areas. Install a diamond cup wheel into an angle grinder