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Old 05-20-2018, 07:13 PM   #1
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Cleaning Spacers


So when we tile we like to use the horse shoe spacers, they are so much easier to remove than the old style cross, the other thing is when climbing a wall with large format tile they do not squish.

So now the problem cleaning the thin set off a hard spacer, I tried all kind of things soaking in water, using a knife etc, then it came to me a rock tumbler so I bought one $10.00 and it works great, throw some rocks in (they came in the kit) then the spacers and water let it run and presto a day later clean spacers.

Then the bonus I now have polished rocks that are cool, the kit came with ear ring mounting, a necklace, and rings.
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Good thinking. I'm fine with soaking them, then scraping them with a painter's 5-in 1 tool (the combo scraper, can opener, roller cleaner, etc. (A great tool for removing some of the spacers, too.)

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Neat idea. I put mine in a bucket of sulfamic acid to dissolve the thinset.
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I leave the mortar, gives the next job a nice hand laid look.....

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Been using an ultrasonic cleaner which makes it super simple. The MLT tiling system is easiest to use when clean since the stems are reused. The Tavy tile spacers are what I use the most, and are a major pain to clean any other way. My ultrasonic cleaner has a heater built in but it is good to start with warm water, then add some 409 cleaner. With zero effort they come out spotless. Also works great on carbs, jewelry, glasses, and anything else you can imagine. There are tricks to know though.

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Very neat idea! Sometimes we forget the simplest things work the best! How much mortar do you usually get on your spacers? What I like to do is make a small grove on an angle with my putty knife in the grout line that way I get very minimal mortar on my spacers. It takes off just enough that it doesn't squish out when I lay the next tile down and keeps the spacer from stuck and clean.
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Been using an ultrasonic cleaner which makes it super simple. The MLT tiling system is easiest to use when clean since the stems are reused. The Tavy tile spacers are what I use the most, and are a major pain to clean any other way. My ultrasonic cleaner has a heater built in but it is good to start with warm water, then add some 409 cleaner. With zero effort they come out spotless. Also works great on carbs, jewelry, glasses, and anything else you can imagine. There are tricks to know though.

Man I have no idea what part of the hood you tile in but my tile work does not involve needing a clean gun
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Very neat idea! Sometimes we forget the simplest things work the best! How much mortar do you usually get on your spacers? What I like to do is make a small grove on an angle with my putty knife in the grout line that way I get very minimal mortar on my spacers. It takes off just enough that it doesn't squish out when I lay the next tile down and keeps the spacer from stuck and clean.
When I tile sometimes I will clean out between the tile using a spacer, also when using the horse shoes you have to lay one shim flat to form a cross so it can get thin set on it also the bottom legs of the shoe get some thin set.

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