Cheap vinyle tile adhesive removal?

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  1. Jul 22, 2008 #1

    s2horn

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    Hi,

    Our house has a linoleum kitchen floor which is quite dated, so when the prior owner was selling they laid down the self adhering vinyl/rubber tiles on top of the floor.

    Well, a lot of the floor is peeling up and I want to take the tiles off. I am not in a position to entirely redo the floor yet (due to $$) so I want to simply remove the tiles.

    The problem is the adhesive. Any tips on how to easily get the glue off the linoleum?

    Thanks,
    Stuart.
     
  2. Jul 22, 2008 #2

    glennjanie

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    Welcome Stuart:
    I would use paint thinner, mineral spirits or some other solvent. It probably won't hurt the sheet cover but just try to get something with a very low flash-point. I would'nt want you to be blown up.
    Glenn
     
  3. Jul 23, 2008 #3

    s2horn

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    Thanks Glenn,

    I certainly agree with you about not wanting to be blown up. I will try the paint thinner. I took a stab at a citric acid based cleaner last night on a few of them and while I did get somewhere, it took a while.

    Stuart.
     
  4. Jul 23, 2008 #4

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    I would take a look at the home center. I seem to recall seeing a solvent for this exact purpose. Good luck.
     
  5. Jul 28, 2008 #5

    s2horn

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    Thanks guys,

    I picked up two products. A contact cement solvent and lacquer thinner. The cement solvent worked well but it did take a bit of the colour off of the linoleum.

    The lacquer thinner worked a lot better in terms of keeping the colour on the floor.

    Just thought I would post this in case anyone else came across this issue.

    Stu.
     

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