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Removing adhesive from vinyl tiles Answered

I am having solid hardwood flooring installed in my first floor of my
home. The existing flooring is currently 12x12" vinyl tiles. I am in the process of removing the tiles (using an iron). How do I remove the old adhesive that was used to put the tiles down? Is it necessary to remove even though felt underlayment will be placed under the hardwood? Thanks in advance.

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Downunder35m

2 months ago

You might be going wrong about it if the vinyl is not too old.
Most modern and half modern adhesives are water based.
You can check by placing a wet towel on the glue or soaking a removed piece of vinyl.
If you are lucky all you need is water and a good scrub with a mopping to finnish off.

In case it is all solvent based then heat migh tbe a problem too as it turns the glue into some really tacky gum crap.
A heatgun and semi sharp wall scraper can help to get most of the glue off.
The rest would then need sanding or better the use of a paint remval disk for the angle grinder.
The are like a mesh of hard fibres and won't clog up easy.
Citrus oil or eucalyptus oil can assist in the reval of the glue and prevent it from sticking again to the wood.
The downside is the discoloration that might happen.
So the only real way of using it would be to use it evenly on the entire floor.
You can not use water based varnish to seal the floor after using oils on it, so consider this too.

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Toga_Dan

2 months ago

Whether perfectly getting the goo up is necessary is likely a judgement call. How lumpy is the adhesive? How thick + soft is the felt? How thick is the new wood? Real hardwood? Or that 1/4 inch fake hardwood?

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Toga_Dan

2 months ago

If heat has got the tiles up, wouldn't heat also get the remaining goo? Hot air gun + razor scraper?