How long does tile adhesive take to dry? We answer 7 common queries related to drying times

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When tackling a tiling project, knowing how long does tile adhesive take to dry is a crucial part of the process. Not all tile adhesives are made equal, so different adhesives have different drying times. And it's not just the adhesive that influences how long you have to wait to get a strong bond. There’s a whole host of other factors to consider.

How much tile adhesive do I need isn’t one of those factors. But, it’s still important that you know how much you need. Make up too much tile adhesive and it will dry out during use making it lose its strength and adhesion qualities, thus rendering it useless. 

How long does tile adhesive take to dry is not the same as the curing time

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Stephen Russell

Stephen Russsell has over 35 years of experience working in the tiling trade in the UK and overseas. He specialises in kitchen tiling, wall, floors, bathrooms, showers and repair work. 

Steve Jenkins

Steve Jenkins is a freelance content creator with over two decades of experience working in digital and print and was previously the DIY content editor for Homebuilding & Renovating. 

He is a keen DIYer with over 20 years of experience in transforming and renovating the many homes he has lived in. He specialises in painting and decorating, but has a wide range of skills gleaned from working in the building trade for around 10 years and spending time at night school learning how to plaster and plumb.

He has fitted kitchens, tiled bathrooms and kitchens, laid many floors, built partition walls, plastered walls, plumbed in bathrooms, worked on loft conversions and much more. And when he's not sure how to tackle a DIY project he has a wide network of friends – including plumbers, gas engineers, tilers, carpenters, painters and decorators, electricians and builders – in the trade to call upon.