- Q.What is the best way to
remove mastic-adhered ceramic tiles from plywood
without ruining the subfloor?
A.I would try an
electric floor stripper with a tile blade to remove
the tile, then a spring steel blade to scrape off
as much of the mastic as possible. An electric
floor stripper is a rather specialized tool, but it
can usually be rented from a tool rental company,
or from the floor covering supplier.