Remove Vinyl Tile Adhesive from Concrete

Managing to remove vinyl tile adhesive from concrete is not a simple task, especially if the adhesive has been applied several years back. However, even though it is a challenging task, it is definitely not an impossible one, as long as you follow the steps below.

Tools and Materials Needed:

  • Mop
  • Warm water
  • Flooring scraper
  • Chemical adhesive remover
  • Grinder
  • Abrasive sandpaper

Step 1 - Dampen the Floor

Dampen the floor, little by little, by applying warm water. This will help to soften the adhesive remnants.

Step 2 - Removing Softened Adhesive

Using a flooring scraper, start to scrape away the softened adhesive remnants.

Step 3 - Removing More Persistent Adhesive

The previous steps are usually not sufficient to remove the majority of the adhesive. Consequently, you may have to resort to applying some chemical adhesive remover onto the adhesive remnants. This will help to soften up the more persistent adhesive. Apply it according to the directions, and allow enough time for it to sit on the adhesive and work. Keep the room well ventilated and it is best to wear eye protection. Use a flooring scraper to start scrubbing and scraping the floor so as to remove the remaining adhesive. Finally, pile up the adhesive remains and dispose of them.

Step 4 - Removing Ridges

There may be areas where the adhesive piled up and formed ridges. These areas will need to be attacked with a thorough scrubbing using a highly abrasive sandpaper. A heavy-duty grinder may need to be used as a last resort.