diy  floors


Question by  ubbull39 (33)

How can I remove vinyl flooring that is glued to hardwood?


Answer by  AmandaZ (92)

First apply water with some dishwashing detergent, many older glue/adhesives will break down in this manner, the detergent keeps the water soaking longer. The only other effective way ( you must be very careful ) is to take a plumbers handheld propane torch and warm each tile, scraping it up with a rigid putty knife one at a time. Be careful.


Answer by  missym1251 (96)

The easiest way is to rent a tile chipper from your local hardware store. You can use lacquer thinner to weaken the glue, use caution, lacquer is flammable and strong.


Answer by  icanoutfishyou (1148)

It can be done, but it will be a nightmare. The damage done to your hardwood floor is likely irreparable, as the glue from the vinyl has likely seeped into the grain of the hardwood. Your best option is to remove the vinyl and hardwood and begin anew.


Answer by  vkcopper (358)

There is a tool, has sharp flat surface, that you can place under the vinyl. Scrap the vinyl being careful to not gouge the hardwood. There is also a type glue remover that can be squirted between the vinyl and the hardwood.


Answer by  Liz59 (10966)

Well if it is glued to the hardwood you need a glue remover and also you can use strong alcohol.


Answer by  Latin4 (11170)

Take up as much of the floor as you can. You will need to get on your hands and knees and scrape the glue off the floor. Then you can sand the floor to get the remaining glue off.

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