My new house has a kitchen where the floor has been glued down across the
whole area with adhesive (looks like evostick, but I guess it's a commercial
As I try and pull the old floor up it breaks off in small lumps
Is there some clever way to break down the adhesive (through the flooring)
so that it is easier to lift, or do I just have to go over the whole floor
with a scraper?
In short, probably yes. Trying to use a solvent usually makes the person
using it end up unconscious or hallucinating and still ends up with a gooey
sticky mess. I remember having to do this in our bathroom which had tiles
glued down with this stuff.
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You could try warming it with a hot air gun. Whether you could get it
warm enough to soften the bond is something you will need to see. A mask
and open windows (fumes) would be a good idea.
I'm curious, what is the flooring? Vinyl, at least the stuff we've had
professionally laid, was taped at the edges. Wood normally clips
together etc. The large tile like boards, I assumed, were similar.
Of course, someone could have done something totally different ;-)
I recently used a SDS drill with hammer action and a chisel tool to take
up glued vinyl tiles. These were brittle as indeed yours sound brittle too.
Two areas were glued differently. One area came up in chips, the other
large chunks of tile. YMMV
Hard work and ear defenders but there is none left in the areas I worked on.
Some glues might be soluble in water. Possibly worth a soak but I don't
hold out much hope. Vinyl is impervious to water and I presume virtually
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