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meljo214 10-27-2008 10:24 PM

removal of old linoleum glued to hardwood floor
I'm redoing a house built in the 1950's. When I pulled up old nasty kitchen carpet in the utility room it pulled up part of the old lino which had been under the washer. I imagine this linoleum was put down in the late 50's or early 60's. There is nothing under the lino - no black glue or backing of any kind. Some of the lino is coming up easily with a 4 inch putty knife in places, but stuck with what seems to be super glue in places. I tried the hot water method today and it helped a little bit, but not a lot and the old glue just dissolved and wiped right off. What do I need to do to get the stuck down places to loosen up. I've also been able to get some of the lino loose with a long handled floor scraper. I don't think I'll be able to salvage the oak flooring due to the water damage from under the washer. I worked for hours today and only have about half of the old lino up. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. This lino is sheet lino. The room is about 8' x 10'

Marvin Gardens 10-27-2008 10:53 PM

Just went through this. I tried everything. Heat, chemicals, freezing, sanding, and planer. The planer worked the best but that was pretty marginal. I had to take off a fair amount of wood to get past the glue. I kept hitting nails that I couldn't see and that is not good for planers.

I finally just pulled it up and put in a new floor.

26yrsinflooring 10-28-2008 07:18 AM

Try some AFTA :

meljo214 10-29-2008 06:24 PM

Can I buy this locally or do I have to order it?

26yrsinflooring 10-29-2008 07:08 PM

I would try to find it locally so you do not buy too little or too much.
Check at some flooring installation supply shops.

meljo214 10-29-2008 07:40 PM

Thanks for your help!

monarksky 10-31-2008 07:30 PM

Anything you put on the top of the vinyl will not do squat. I use a heat gun, not a hair dryer, and use it carefully and patiently. A good sized putty knife, I actually used a drywall taping knife of about 12" in width on the last one. Once you get the vinyl and the backing of the floor then you can work on any residual glue. Paint scraper may work also but may dig into the floor. Just my opinion and my experiences after 28 years.

meljo214 10-31-2008 09:51 PM

Thanks so much for that information monarksky. I've taken the last 3 days off of working on THAT floor becasue I got so DISCOURAGED when I worked on it last. I had decided on getting a heat gun to try to get it off. Someone told me about a heat gun with a scaper of some sort that it attached to it which heats up. Do you think that would work? If not, I have a six inch drywall taping knife and will try that and a heat gun. Thanks again. This isn't really what I'd call a vinyl floor, it's the old, thick linoleum that was probably put down in the 50's.

monarksky 10-31-2008 10:34 PM

That is probably true linoleum. A linseed based product. I'll do some more research and get back with ya! Nowadays when people refer to linoleum we, well I, generally assume they mean the newer type vinyl flooring. Different product.

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