Old black glue on hardwood floors


Old 03-02-12, 09:21 AM
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Old black glue on hardwood floors

I removed old carpet from 100 yr old house and found 8" tiles that were falling off due to the glue disintigrating. What is left is old black glue on beautiful hardwood floors! I don't have enough money to sand the floors. Does anyone know a way to remove the glue? It is not tacky it is just old dry glue.
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Old 03-02-12, 10:07 AM
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Scraping will probably work best. Sometimes mineral spirits will dissolve the adhesive but then you run the risk of staining the wood with the residue. It will likely take sanding and refinishing to bring the hardwood back to life.
Old 03-02-12, 10:29 AM
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Can you tell if there's any finish on the hardwood? If so, I don't think I'd be worried about residue and would grab the mineral spirits along with the scraper. Regardless, this is bull work, not many shortcuts available.

And I agree with Mark, there is going to be sanding and finishing needed to make the hardwood look good, it will not look good just by removing the adhesive.
Old 03-02-12, 12:26 PM
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Black adhesive could possibly be asbestos containing cut back adhesive. No way to know unless its tested.

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