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Old 03-07-2008, 04:55 PM   #1
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Tar-like adhesive between linoleum and concrete


What's the best thing to use to get that up?

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Razorblade scraper.

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I was afraid of that. Since this is taking up the adhesive underneath the tile of a bathroom floor (quite a big space), I was hoping that they made something that you could just pour on and then wipe right off.

But, as always, I appreciate your expertise, Bud.
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Unfortunately the use of any reducers and chemicals in this case would only domino into more serious bonding issues down the road. The (cutback) adhesive must be removed mechanically.

We use wallpaper razorblade scrapers. They come with three inch and four inch blades on a long (18"+-) handle. It's not real difficult.

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I'm laughing at myself right now. I was imaging just how long it would take me to use a little (normal-sized) razor blade.

I'm so glad that you described the type that would be simpler for me to use. I'm hoping that a hardware store sells these kinds of scrapers that you mention.

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That's why I went into detail. You aren't the first one to think that when a razorblade scraper is mentioned.

It goes pretty quick actually. Get on your knees so you can throw your body weight into it using both hands on the handle. Scrape in long arcs and back away as you go. Turn your scraper over every four or five strokes to keep the blade sharp a little longer.
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I'm trying to take this adhesive up right now. I got the razorblade scraper as suggested here. But it leaves a black powder residue still sticking to the concrete. Hopefully if I explain what this stuff looks like in a little more detail, you might see another way to try to take this stuff up in an easier fashion. This house was built in 1965, and I'm sure this adhesive is original to the house. When the linoleum is pried up, the linoleum looks like tar with ridges. We've tried a sander, but that doesn't really do the trick (it gets only a little of it up). Then we tried WD-40, but that just smeared it without removing a thing. The razorblade scraper works just enough to get a little of it up. Any other ideas for me to try?

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