replying to Michael Kilpatrick, Janes wrote:
We used a company in Bradford, now in Manchester, to do ours. They collected
the parquet (all we needed to do was bag it up) once cleaned they delivered it
back to us. We had the bitumen removed and the tongue taken off as cleaning the
tongue and groove was costly and after a long chat it made more sense to remove
the tongue as it's not needed with the strength of today's adhesives. After
spending hours and hours trying to clean them myself I gave it up as a bad job.
Not the cheapest way of cleaning them, but by far the easiest and most
professional way. I was delighted with the result. You can choose 3 bitumen
removal services, plus various other services. These are the only company that
will touch parquet with sticky bitumen on - ours even had concrete stuck to
Cost us about £20 per square metre but saved us A fortune in fitting cost as
the fitter wanted a daily rate to remove and some wouldt touch the job.
You'll find that the modern adhesives that state you can use with bitumen backed
blocks are not all they're made out to be. You can use this adhesive with
reminants of bitumen, not a full block full of bitumen, otherwise they may loft
(just like some Of our first floor did!!!
Anyhow, sorry for ranting on, the company is Parquet Bitumen Removal
And it's a lady who does this work. Amazing if you ask me.