||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!