Previously we have seen some of the more unusual home uses for dry ice. Did you know you can use dry ice in home renovation projects? It has an especially easy use for removing old floor tiles. So if you’re thinking about installing a new floor in your home, but dread the process of removing your old floor tiles, dry ice may be the solution to your problems. Here’s how you do it.
Step 1: Gather Your Materials
You will need your dry ice, protective gloves, wax or parchment paper, a hand towel or old rags, and a small, flexible putty knife. You may want to consult a professional for an estimate on how much dry ice you will need for your floor.
Step 2: Arrange Your Dry Ice
You will want to practice safety by opening some windows and making sure that children and small animals are away from home, as the carbon dioxide given off by dry ice may cause suffocation. Tear off a piece of your wax or parchment paper large enough to cause an inch or so overhang on each side of the floor tile you are removing. While wearing your protective gloves, arrange the dry ice on top of the paper to cover the tile, and insulate it using a towel. Wait a few minutes, or until you hear the pop of the tile coming loose.
Step 3: Repeat as Necessary
Pull the paper with the dry ice on it to the next portion of your tile flooring to be removed. Use the putty knife to remove the old tile from the floor while it is still cold, or else you’ll risk the tile reaffixing to the floor. You can also use the putty knife to scrape off any remaining adhesive from the floor, as the cold adhesive will be much easier to remove.
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