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Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose (HPMC) For Tile Adhesive

Tile adhesive is a new type of modern decorative material used to paste decorative materials such as ceramic tiles, face tiles, floor tiles and so on. There are many kinds of additives in tile adhesive, but usually adding cellulose ether additives to tile adhesive can improve water retention, thickening effect and open time.

Recommended GradeSL HP200MSL HP200K
AppearanceWhite or off-white powderWhite or off-white powder
Water Retention Rate(%)97% min.97% min.
Moisture content ≤5.05.0
pH value6-76-7
Viscosity180,000 mPa.s (NDJ-1, 2% solution, 20℃)200,000 mPa.s (NDJ-1, 2% solution, 20℃)

The Role Of HPMC In Tile Adhesive/Glue: 

Adjust the open time of tile adhesive: 

Cellulose Ether HPMC/MHPC will form thin film on the surface of tile adhesive to reduce moisture evaporation. Help tile adhesive increase the open time.

Increase tensile strength:

 The good property of water retention could make sure keep enough water for cement hydration.

Good workability:

Choose the right Cellulose Ether HPMC/MHPC, could make the mortar easy to scrape on the wall, increase the efficiency.

Increase the anti-slip property: 

Can increase the binding strength of wet mortar, increase the anti-slip property.

Here's a description of HPMC for tile adhesive:


HPMC enhances the adhesive strength of tile adhesives, allowing them to securely bond tiles to various substrates such as concrete, cementitious backer boards, gypsum, and existing tiles. This improved adhesion helps prevent tiles from detaching or loosening over time, ensuring long- lasting installations.

Water Retention: 

HPMC acts as a water retention agent in tile adhesives, prolonging the open time of the adhesive after application. This extended open time gives installers more flexibility to adjust tile placement and ensures proper bonding between the tiles and substrate, even in challenging conditions such as high temperatures or low humidity.


Tile adhesives formulated with HPMC exhibit excellent workability, allowing for smooth and easy application by trowel. The addition of HPMC helps maintain the desired consistency and texture of the adhesive, facilitating uniform coverage and minimizing the risk of tile lippage or uneven surfaces.

Slip Resistance:

HPMC contributes to the slip resistance of tile adhesives, helping to prevent tiles from sliding or shifting during installation. This is particularly important for vertical applications such as wall tiling, where proper adhesion and support are essential to prevent tiles from slipping downwards.


HPMC imparts flexibility to tile adhesives, allowing them to accommodate slight movements or substrate expansion and contraction without compromising the bond between the tiles and the substrate. This flexibility helps reduce the risk of tile cracking or delamination in response to thermal or structural stresses.


HPMC is compatible with a wide range of other additives commonly used in tile adhesive formulations, including cement, aggregates, polymers, and chemical modifiers. This compatibility allows formulators to tailor the properties of tile adhesives to meet specific performance requirements while maintaining consistency and stability.

Overall, Hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (HPMC) plays a crucial role in enhancing the performance and reliability of tile adhesives, providing improved adhesion, water retention, workability, slip resistance, and flexibility. Its versatility and compatibility make it a preferred choice for formulating high-quality Tile adhesives suitable for various installation applications.

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Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose (HPMC) For Tile Adhesive

Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose (HPMC) for Tile Adhesive

Safety notes
The data presented above is in accordance with the present state of our knowledge, but doesn't absolve the user from carefully checking it all immediately on receipt. We reserve the right to alter product constantly within the scope of technical progress or new developments. The recommendations made above should be checked by preliminary trials because of conditions during processing over which we have no control of, especially where other companies' raw materials are also being used.


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