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Old 11-07-2012, 12:09 PM   #1
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I could use some help with some floors that we are going to have refinished. The floors in question had carpet over them. The day after closing on the house we ripped them out to work on exposing the wood floors underneath. Under the carpet was a lovely layer of old vinyl laid right over the wood and glued. I managed to chip it up and steam about 95% of the glue off to expose the floor planks. However, there is still a bit of glue left.

The flooring is original to the house and is red oak 1-1/2" planks. We plan to have them professionally sanded and refinished. We are doing everything else ourselves, including the patch work for places where the wood has water damage and/or heavy surface damage. The room where these floors are have been completely gutted since these pictures were taken and the rooms are being renovated. Sanding and refinishing will be done last after all the other work.

Here's what I'm getting at... The rooms are going to take awhile to finish and we have to pass through these rooms to get to other parts of the house. The wonderful glue residue left behind picks up dirt easily and really should be crossed with shoes on. UNLESS! Unless I can get this glue layer off. I don't want to steam anymore of it because I'm afraid of water damage. Tried one spot and it didn't really seem to help anyway.

Am I just stuck with this residue of glue until we have the floors refinished, or is there something else we can do? I'm not apposed to getting down and dirty with a palm sander (rooms aren't that big). It would just be nice to get the rest of this glue off, one way or another so we can keep it clean(er) during the renovations.

Any help and/or input would be appreciated!

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During the removal process...





How the floor looks now...




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Old 11-07-2012, 12:24 PM   #2
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Don't beat yourself up====talk to your refinisher--that glue residue can be removed with a floor sander---

It will eat up a lot of paper--but will be better than steaming,which is slow and could damage the oak.

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In the time it's taken you to try and remove all that you could have remove it and laid prefinished floor with a far tougher finish then a site finshed floor and been walking on it.
No smell, no waiting days for it to dry, no dust.
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Yeah, I need to narrow down our search for a floor guy and get him out here. But, we're still a ways off from actually having someone sand and refinish the floors, for a multitude of reasons. So, I was hoping there would be some input on just this last bit of glue residue without going the full mile and having the floors refinished before construction is complete.

I enjoy working on the house, so a little extra time and elbow grease doesn't bother me. The house is worth the time and effort and the floors are completely restorable.

The rest of the floors in the house are a reminder of how they will be...

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Looking good---Call a few sanding companies----I resorted to using paint remover on one floor---
cost more than the floor company would have charged--but worked well-----
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Looking good---Call a few sanding companies----I resorted to using paint remover on one floor---
cost more than the floor company would have charged--but worked well-----
Did you have any troubles with the finish after the fact? I was thinking of trying some stripper, but was concerned that it might soak into the wood and possibly create issues for the finish later.
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It's very difficult to get the sludge out of the cracks----that was the big drawback---the floors looked great after the sanding---

The stripper did loosen up all the stuff that was stuck to the wood----
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It's very difficult to get the sludge out of the cracks----that was the big drawback---the floors looked great after the sanding---

The stripper did loosen up all the stuff that was stuck to the wood----
Do you remember what kind you used? Was it JASCO, or something of that nature?
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What about a citrus cleaner, or something like that? I've had good luck with Goo Gone for various things in the past. Would take a lot of it, but could be put on in pretty controlled amounts.
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Red oak turns black when exposed to water---so do not use a water based stripper.
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Red oak turns black when exposed to water---so do not use a water based stripper.
Oh yeah! That is a FACT! HAHA! We have spots all over the floors from years of people spilling this and that without cleaning it up. You can tell where someone sat their pet's water bowl in one room. Hoping it will come out when sanded. If not, I guess the floor's character will live on...

I won't even go into what we went through with pet odors. Took me months to finally get rid of the smell.
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It's been years since I've used a stripper----I used Marine Strip or a nasty one of that quality----

I don't know what changes have come to the strippers---new government regulations have changed the paints--

-might have caused changes in the strippers too.
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Definitely try Goo Gone, and possibly acetone if the Goo Gone doesn't work.
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I attended a pro show for SW a few months ago and there was a company there that was demonstrating some new strippers that are pretty impressive unfortunately I don't remember the name of the company. But a call to SW should get you some answers or at least a web site.

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