How can you remove very old mortor from subway tiles?

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  • Shoshana Shoshana on Mar 01, 2018
    Muriatic acid should do the trick
  • Jcraw Jcraw on Mar 01, 2018
    Gently
  • Pennyswift Pennyswift on Mar 04, 2018
    Mortar is a mixture of sand and cement - with water that makes it pliable to work with and gives it strength. If the mortar is "very old" I'm guessing it is hard ... The only way to remove it is by chipping it away. You can normally use a chisel and a hammer - but you're going to have to work incredibly gently to avoid chipping the tiles. A flat scraper might be better - with no more than the force of your hand. I'm wondering though if this isn't grout that has dried on the surface of the tiles. It should come off more easily than hard, dry mortar. The moral of the story is to gently clean all surfaces to get rid of mortar or grout BEFORE it dries and hardens on the surface.
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