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What's the best way of removing vinyl flooring to put tile down? Namely, the glue?

Any chemical removers?

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lemonie (author)2010-01-17

Glue is designed to stick. You're probably going to need scraping or abrasion. However, aggressive paint-stripper may shift it. "Don't-breath-the-fumes" dichloromethane / methanol, or "Don't-let-let-it-touch-you" caustic-soda perhaps.

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Goodhart (author)lemonie2010-01-18
If  using the sander,   don't breath the dust, either.... :-) 
 

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lemonie (author)Goodhart2010-01-18

I wouldn't try a sander on glue, it's probably not hard enough.

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Goodhart (author)lemonie2010-01-18
yeah, if it isn't very old that is the case for sure......I have seem it brittle like glass though...if it is old enough.
 

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Kiteman (author)2010-01-18

I came across this problem some years ago, when helping a friend.

The solution proved to be to rip up as much of the vinyl as possible, scrape off the rest, then hire a large power sander to deal with the glue.

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crapflinger (author)2010-01-18

vinyl flooring is designed to be as non permeable as possible so chemical strippers would have to break down the vinyl before it would even touch the glue...which would take a while and would probably require chemicals that you don't actually want inside your house.

tried and true method is to get some floor scrapers (big metal handle with a sort of sharp flat blade on the end) and use a bunch of elbow grease to just muscle the stuff up, then you can use the same scrapers to chip the glue up off the subfloor, or you can rent a floor sander to get the glue up faster.

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