Procedures in Removing Mastic

Before you can go about remodeling or redesigning your floor area, you'll need to remove the existing floor, and that means that you'll also have to know about removing mastic in many cases. Although it's not used in every home or room, mastic is a sealant that is derived from the tree of the same name. It is typically laid underneath the floor material itself to help insulate and protect the foundation portion of the flooring. The layer of mastic will prevent water, exposure damage and other types of materials from seeping through small cracks in the tile, linoleum or other flooring and into the area beneath, where it can cause damage such as mildew, rotting and worse. Remove the mastic so that you can access the flooring base and so that you can lay down another type of flooring in a room. Read on for some tips on removing mastic procedures.

Adhesive Removers

One of the most common methods for removing mastic is to use a strong adhesive remover. These potent chemical solutions will help to detach the adhesive layer from the flooring base, making it easier for you to then remove it by hand or with a prying tool of some kind. In order to use these adhesive removers, you'll need to first lift up and remove any floor materials themselves. This means that, in the case of linoleum flooring, for instance, you should remove all of the linoleum in a set area before you lay down adhesive remover to wear away at the mastic.

Adhesive removers are dangerous and toxic chemicals, and it's important that you not handle them with your hands. Use protective gloves, goggles and gas masks, and be sure that there is as much ventilation in the room as possible.

Hot Water

Many people find that adhesive removers are not suitable for use in their home for many different reasons. One of the most popular of these reasons is that adhesive removers are caustic and toxic chemicals that can cause injury and damage to your health and the health of others in the home. Another reason is that many adhesive removers don't seem to be all that effective at loosening the mastic itself. Whatever your issue with adhesive removers, if you do have one then it's best to use boiling water to loosen the mastic. Like with the adhesive remover, you should plan to thoroughly remove all of the top layer of the flooring and to expose the mastic underneath. Next, pour boiling water over the mastic and allow it to sit for a few minutes in order to loosen the mastic. Be very careful that you don't burn yourself with the water as you lay it over the mastic.

For additional advice on how to remove mastic, consult with a home improvement specialist or a flooring professional in your area with any other questions you have.