Howdy all. Can someone recommend a product (or method) for stripping
carpet adhesive off hardwood floors. I would like to refinish our
hardwood floors, but the carpet in a couple rooms was glued down. The
floors from what I can see are in good shape and are original from
1926. Mineral spirits do work to a degree, but I'd like something more
The big box home improvement stores sell adhesive remover in quarts
and gallons. Really nasty stuff, but it does the job. You should ask
your refinishing company whether they need you to get the glue off
first, as they might just be able to sand it off, or recommend a
Don't sand the adhesive if it is black! (maybe other colors as well ) as it
could contain asbestos.
I had the same problem, the previous owner glued down asphalt tile on top of
the oak floor (moron)
What worked for me was an adhesive remover (Sunnyside) with Methylene
Chloride in it, absolutely nothing else worked.
It comes in quarts about $11.00 a quart, I used, I think 7 quarts for a 12 X
I used a fairly stiff 4" paint scraper/spatula and a 1" for the tight
Oh! make sure to ventilate with a fan or something ( I almost passed out
twice, hands shaking the whole deal)
My house is about the same age as yours (1929) and someone glued
carpet down in the hallway. They ripped it up later, leaving a lot of
the foam backing behind, and then recarpted over that. Yuck!
I scraped for days with every tool I could think of and got a lot of
it up. When the professional floor finishers came, they sanded the
rest of it off in seconds so I probably didn't really need to do all
that scraping. It sound as if you're going to finish the floors
yourself, so I don't know if the sanders that one can rent have the
same power that the ones the pro's have.
Good luck! I love my old floors now that they're refinished. I'm
always amazed that people kept these lovely old solid oak floors
covered for years with ugly carpet.
Lauri in WA
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Thermal insulation, depending where you live? Vacuuming being easier
than polishing the floor? When earlier residents of our houses lived,
they didn't have the opportunities that we have with washing machines,
dryers and dish washers or so much ready prepared food!
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