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jimmyfunk 01-15-2007 01:04 AM

delicate adhesive removal
I'm a newbie here and I've searched the archives and posts for an answer to this specific question and haven't found anything. I'm wanting to remove some linoleum that is covering my hardwood flooring in the dining room. The hardwood is already finished and looks like it may be in excellent shape. The problem is that the previous owner used a very strong adhesive to attach the linoleum to the hardwood floor. My question is this: Is it possible to remove the adhesive without damaging the already finished hardwood flooring? If I can complete the project without a refinish job it would save lots of time and money. Any advice?

majakdragon 01-15-2007 06:09 AM

I am not a flooring expert, but, if the adhesive is as strong as you stated, it will probably mean at least a light sanding after removal. The finish on the hardwood will most likely be ruined. Good luck with your project.

Krichton 01-16-2007 02:35 AM

How old is the linoleum?

jimmyfunk 01-16-2007 10:40 AM

I just bought the house so I'm unsure how old the lino doesn't appear to be very new though.

Krichton 01-16-2007 10:43 AM

If the linoleum contains asbestos you're out of luck. Get it tested.

jimmyfunk 01-16-2007 12:31 PM


Originally Posted by Krichton (Post 30143)
If the linoleum contains asbestos you're out of luck. Get it tested.

does this mean that there is hope if the lino doesn't contain asbestos?... and I may be a little confused, but how would the lino containing asbestos affect the ability to remove the adhesive?

jimmyfunk 01-17-2007 05:37 PM

it appears as though I may have found a solution... I've read on a few other websites that some people have had success using boiling water to liquify the adhesive and then simply mopped it up... leaving the hardwood finish unharmed. While I'm still skeptical I'm going to give this a shot since it seems like the least intrusive idea for preserving the finish.

Talos4 01-18-2007 02:25 PM

I have oak floors that were finished with shellac.

Scraping was not an option, I had a small area where the lino was overlapped on the oak flooring.

I used a heat gun on the lowest setting and a plastic scraper. It does not take much heat to soften the adhesive and allow you to scrape it off.

Again the lowest heat setting, 6-8" above the area, slowly and carefully remove the adhesive.

Worked for me.

jimmyfunk 01-18-2007 04:22 PM

thanks, I've heard a few people talk about the heat gun option as well.... I think that I'll try that first for the sake of not making a huge mess right off the bat

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