Removing glue/thin-set from red oak flooring


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Old 11-18-18, 08:04 PM
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Removing glue/thin-set from red oak flooring

I can't tell if this some kind of adhesive or thin-set that was used to attach the tile. The tile was likely added in the 60s.

Is there a stripper/solvent I can apply to see if it will soften and scrape off?

Ultimately I'm going to have the floors refinished by professionals but if I can get some of the material off and make their job easier - and cost less - that would be great.
 
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Old 11-19-18, 01:38 AM
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Any solvent might damage the wood, if it is thin set/mortar then should be able to sand through the remaining residue!
 
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Old 11-19-18, 04:59 AM
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If you can't scrape off any more than that, I'd say you're ready for the finisher to come in and take over.
 
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Kind of dumb to think about it now but is there any visible indicators that it might contain asbestos? It doesn’t like fibrous.
 
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Judging by the size of the removed tiles there is a good chance they were asbestos tiles, don't know about the adhesive.
 
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Old 11-19-18, 03:02 PM
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These were stone or some composite stuff. Not like thin vinyl tiles. Not sure if that makes a difference in terms of what materials did and did not have asbestos in them back then.
 
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