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SatDoug 09-13-2006 08:30 AM

Removing Linoleum backing paper from wood floors
 
Good Day All:
I have a circa 1950's style finished basement that I am going to start to remodel. The floor is a raised pine, about 2 inches off the cement foundation floor (I suppose they did it that way to keep it warmer & dryer- in the 8 years I have lived in the house there has never been water/moisture/etc. in the basement). The floor is covered by linoleum that is easy to lift up in most areas, but it leaves some black under-paper. I can scrape it up pretty easily with a putty knife, but there are stubborn areas. Does anyone know how to get the stubborn spots up easily without (too much) damage to the pine wood that it covers? I was thinking a mild paint remover? In the interest of cost savings, as the wood that I have seen is in good shape, and there are no soft spots, I want to have it refinished. Thanks for the assist!

Floorwizard 09-13-2006 10:49 AM

Perhaps the act of sanding the pine for refinishing will remove these spots?

I also wonder if the black paper contains asbestos?
How old was the Vinyl?

redline 09-13-2006 05:02 PM

Someone once told me that they used kerosene to soften the backing and then used a drum sander to remove remaining material. If you are having some else sand the area then they may have experience with this method. If you are doing this yourself then have a fire extinguisher handy!:eek: :huh:

Floorwizard 09-13-2006 09:00 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by redline (Post 18042)
Someone once told me that they used kerosene to soften the backing and then used a drum sander to remove remaining material. If you are having some else sand the area then they may have experience with this method. If you are doing this yourself then have a fire extinguisher handy!:eek: :huh:

:laughing: :laughing:

Donedat 09-16-2006 11:00 PM

If you are going to have it refinished, just pull up the loose stuff and then let the professional get the rest off. He will be able to sand of the black stuff without any problems. Don't use chemicals to remove it. That black stuff is nasty and adding solvents to it makes worse.


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