No. You may be able to salvage a few, but the tiles that do come off whole will have cement stuck to the back. And if you try to remove the cement, it will most likely break. Depends on how firmly they were fixed. If the workmanship was good, then you wont get anything
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ok, if you don't want to waste them, you could use them as broken mosaic in some areas along with other waste pieces, a terrace if you have one, or stair risers. I've posted some pictures here. the red toned one is the shower stall of a clubhouse pool. We used all the extra tiles from the project, broke them into similar small sized pieces and created this pattern on the wall
I second your thoughts on the existing wall tiles by your builder. They must go !
If your want to really salvage them you can see if you like tile stickers/decals as a alternative. They come in various shapes and sizes and best thing is that you can keep changing them every few years.
You can try a few before you decide to pick up the hammer.
A pic is attached for your reference.
Cornerstone Designs, Bangalore.
Thank you for that information Amit. I wasn't aware that you get decals for tiles! But the picture shared by you appears to be of actual tiles, although the decals available promise the same effect. But I would be a be cautious since the tiles you have, Gargi are of a different size and shape. And may be labour-intensive to cut to size
You are most welcome GJ, its a good product specially for tenants who want a quick upgrade at their rented abodes.
By all means, this is a savage idea only ! If one is hammer happy then selecting a tile of ones choice would be our best bet :)
Decals would require DIY efforts but I guess worth giving a try before demolishing work already done and paid for. At least one sheet :)
Attaching some real life pics for reference . 3D ones are even better for hiding grout lines.
You could scoop them out with a flat trowel and scrap cement backing with that as well. But it won't be much of a success and you will lose around 30-40 %.
You could DIY broken tiles mosaics as an art ; frame and fix it on the wall itself with an appropriate glue. Or search for other DIYs on youtube.
You could replace them with decals as described @cornerstone studio , but there's a catch ; high heat areas could deform and de-glue the decals as well.
There are many projects possible with broken tile mosaic. Just search and follow an easy one.
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@GJ Studio - Thank you for all your help so far! I did have one more question for you. Regarding creating the mosaic, you had mentioned Roff cement, as well as some epoxy grout for the gaps.Please see the attached picture - does this work for the grout? Also, can this activity be done by an amateur like me with zero professional supervision? Grateful if you could let me know your thoughts on the subject.