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Rickster 10-29-2006 01:30 PM

How To Remove 25 Year-Old Vinyl Tile Glue?
The title says it all. We are remodeling the basement of a recentky purchased property, starting with the powder room. After chiseling up three layers of vinyl tile squares I am left with the residue of dried glue on the concrete slab. What is the best way to remove this mess and expose the raw concrete, or should I not worry about it?


ron schenker 10-29-2006 01:33 PM

What will the new flooring be?

Rickster 10-29-2006 01:36 PM

One-piece vinyl. The room is only 3x6.


ron schenker 10-29-2006 01:56 PM

Seeing as how it's such a small area, I would get down on my hands and knees and just go at it with a stiff wire brush and a good scraper. Some paint thinner might help as well. You want that floor nice and smooth otherwise you'll feel any imperfections under the new vinyl floor.

Floorwizard 10-29-2006 06:46 PM

a good 4 inch scraper and time works well.

Rickster 10-30-2006 08:15 AM

Well... despite its age, the glus is still tacky and gums the brush and/or scraper. A friend told me about low odor Goof Off, I'm going to give it a try later today. I'll let you all know the results.


cat44 10-30-2006 10:40 AM

something I saw on one of those remodel shows recently was to freeze the glue with dry ice and it should scrape up in chunks. I dont know where to get dry ice or if it really works, but i know freezing gum and chipping it away gets it out of clothing so it may be worth a shot.

iGotNoTime 10-30-2006 07:19 PM

Yes the dry ice thing works very very well, I did that twice before I discovered the ease of laminate flooring. For a room so small you could put down laminate wood flooring for less than $50 (for the cheap stuff) with a 25 year warranty. The best thing about it is you can lay the whole thing down in less than an hour cutting time included. The stuff is so easy to work with my 10 year old son laid it down in our entire kitchen by himself. You may want to consider that option when you see that there are literally hundreds of "looks" to go with?

If not the dry ice can be picked up from most any grocery store that orders pallets of meat. Most meat is shipped frozen at sub-zero temperatures and dry ice is the only way they can ship it in a fridge truck to keep it cool enough. Best of luck to you!

troubleseeker 10-30-2006 07:56 PM

In the end, I have always found the best scraper for cleaning floors is the tool called exactly that, a floor scraper. They have a handle about 18 inches long and take a very thin replaceable blade about 4 inches wide. Available at any place that sells flooring usually, even at the big box stores. That dry ice trick sounds reallly neat, if you have a free or cheap source, as it will definately come up easier when it's brittle than when it's soft. Don't apply any kind of solvent that is going to soften it, that just makes the problem worse.

As for the laminate flooring, they even make laminate that looks like ceramic tile squares now. Would probably look pretty good in an antry.

adoble 11-04-2006 05:12 PM

Are you sure the tile is not asbestos? Some mistake vinyl for asbetos. Be careful.

You can use a grinder to get it off.

iGotNoTime 11-05-2006 07:20 AM


Originally Posted by adoble (Post 22838)
Are you sure the tile is not asbestos? Some mistake vinyl for asbetos. Be careful.

Is there a way to tell a difference on old tile that is easy?

North Country 11-05-2006 11:17 AM

If its asbesto's, definitely do not grind or wire brush as the dust is what is extremely harmful, asbestos in cood condition can be simply covered without a problem. If its just the floor adhesive, the HD sells a gel called jasco adhesive remover in the flooring dept, combined with a sharp floor scraper, should do the trick relatively quickly.:thumbup:

TOMatLEVETEC 11-07-2006 12:08 PM

Need to know
Need to know if it is dried or crystallized.

Sticky - use a butyl based degreaser, spread on liberally, let it dry by itself. Will usually turn the glue brittle, and then use scraper.

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