How to Remove Vinyl Tile Adhesive from Hardwood

Vinyl tile adhesive is used to attach the vinyl to the floor. If you want to lay a new floor, after removing the vinyl, you have to remove the adhesive also. If you have hardwood under vinyl tile, you can polish it and you will get a new floor. With the right tools, it is labor intensive, but easy to remove the adhesive.

Tools and Materials Needed:

  • Floor scraper
  • Heat gun
  • Gloves
  • Shop vac

Step 1 – Test for Asbestos

Asbestos is a highly dangerous substance that may be present in vinyl tile adhesive, which is usually found in the houses built during the 1970s. So, before removing the adhesive, get a professional to test for the presence of asbestos. If the test is positive, professionals must remove the asbestos. If there is no asbestos in the adhesive, you can proceed without problem.

Step 2 – Remove Adhesive Using Floor Scraper

Scrape the floor using the floor scraper and remove as much of the adhesive as possible. Scraping the floor will cause scratches on it. You don’t have to worry about the scratches, as they can be easily removed by polishing the hardwood.

Step 3 - Use a Heat Gun

Use heat gun to remove stubborn glue, as it will melt it, making it come up easier. The vinyl tile adhesive will start to peel off from the hardwood. Make sure you do not damage the hardwood by heating it too long. Finally, vacuum the entire floor using a shop vac.