remove vinyl/tarpaper from wood floor

Old 01-11-02, 08:11 AM
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Question remove vinyl/tarpaper from wood floor

I am trying to restore a kitchen floor back to the original hardwood floors. There is an old layer of vinyl or linoleum flooring that is adhered to the wood floor with a tar paper substance that is very difficult to remove. Scraping has been tedious.

Are there any solvents/removers or any other solutions to help remove the tarpaper and restore the wood floor? Let the sander do the work?
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Removing old linoleum and adhesive from wood floor

Forum members tend to report finding a heat gun and scraper to be the most effective means to remove old floor covering and adhesive. Residue can be removed with a citrus stripper. Adhesive would "gunk" up a sander.

Linoleum and vinyl floor covering products manufacturered prior to 1986 may contain asbestos which is known to cause cancer. Symptoms from exposure may not exhibit themselves until 10 or more years later. A licensed asbestos remover is required to remove asbestos. Otherwise, it is best to encapsulate the asbestos by installing a new floor covering over the old and leaving it undisturbed. Asbestos test kits are available for the DIYer. Go to where you can order a test kit.

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