Well, we have good news and bad news on this one. The good isthat it can be done. The bad, is that it will take a great dealof time and patience, and in the end may simply not be worth it,especially if you need to keep all the tiles for re-use, andsome get broke in the process.
The two adhesives for attaching ceramic tiles are organic basedmastic, and the cement-based thinset. Mastic is not used wherethere will be a great deal of moisture, because it tends toabsorb it over time, and loses its bond. It has been usedsuccessfully in shower stalls, but depending on the quality ofthe installation, may only last 3-6 years.
On the other hand, thinset being a cement product, does notabsorb water, and is longer lasting for use in areas that willhave high levels of humidity and lots of water. Unfortunately,that also means there are few options for removing it. It willnot break down when soaked, and there are no chemical removersfor cement, as there are for adhesive.
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