Cleaning linoleum glue off pre-existing floor


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Old 05-07-03, 03:10 PM
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Cleaning linoleum glue off pre-existing floor

My husband had bought new linoleum tile to put down in our kitchen. We are renting by the way. We started pulling up the linoleum that was down(2 layers) and descovered the most beautiful flooring. My DH describes it as concrete and broken bricks. We have decided to keep the original floor but we are having trouble getting the glue form the old flooring off. I have trird alcohol and some comercial cleaner that does wonders for everyday household cleaning but not on this glue. Help!! I don't think my knees and arms can take much more of this.

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Old 05-07-03, 05:16 PM
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Talking Man do I hear ya!!!!

Hello,
My wife and I purchased a 1924 farm house that had about 6 layers of flooring over some beautiful old fir...We tried lots of chemicals to no avail...We finally decided to try a heat gun and were very happily surprised...It worked very well but I would try to make sure that the room is very well ventilated as it did create quite bad fumes...I'm not sure if the concrete on your floor would be to porous to use the heat gun... it may melt the glue in( maybe try it on a tiny well hidden spot to see)
ps: Although it worked well it was still a very ugly loooooooong job! best of luck...let us know how it turns out
 
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Old 05-08-03, 05:16 PM
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Old 05-08-03, 08:49 PM
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I am currently using just plain, very warm, soapy water. I let it set about 5 min. then use a scraper. It seems to be working tho there are a few spots that the glue is very white and when I go to scrape it up all it does is smear. Guess I'll have to find a different solution for that. Kay gave me this idea. She also brought me down some knee pads. Thanks Kay!

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Old 05-09-03, 08:29 PM
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Yeah, kneepads. Thought to buy those AFTER I did my floors.


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Old 05-11-03, 11:49 AM
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Old 05-22-03, 12:38 PM
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Thanks guys for all your ideas. I wound up going to Home Deopt to try and find something. The guy there recommended a product called Adhesive Remover. It works great! You simply brush it on and let it sit for 10 to 30 min. then use a scrapper to get it up. Then all I do is put some soapy water down and kinda scrub a little(i have one on my mop) then mop up the excess water. One application usually does it. The white glue that is on there has seeped into the concrete so there is still a whitish color but no sticky. Yeah!! I'm still not done, my DH has decided to work on the upstairs so I now have hardwood floor in my bedroom that needs refinishing. He just removed the carpet and tore down wallpaper in the bathroom so that will need to be replaced also. My summer is already planned.Just not for a vacation.lol.

Thanks again.
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