How to Remove Hardwood Floor Adhesive

Real hardwood floors in today’s modern homes are a rarity, especially those that have not had owners who tired of taking care of them and eventually opted for covering them with carpeting or tile.

If, on the other hand, you want to uncover the treasure of your wood floors, don’t lose hope.

It is very possible, and relatively easy to get them back, even when they have been covered for years.

The biggest job in doing this is removing the hardwood floor adhesive that remains after the covering has been removed. This article will give you the complete know-how to get the job done right, easily and naturally.

  1. Clean the Floor – If the carpeting, tile, or other floor covering has been over your wood floors for any length of time, chances are good that there will be considerable amounts of dirt and other debris left over. If nothing else, you will probably have residue left over from the job of removing the previous covering. With soapy water and a scrub brush, get off as much of the “stuff” as you can. If you use a stiff bristled brush, you can probably get a lot of the dirt and other residue off of the floor. If you want to use a straight edge, that’s okay too, as long as you don’t gouge your wood.
  2. Apply Peanut Butter – One of the best ways to remove the adhesive is to apply peanut butter to the surface. Make sure you use only natural peanut butter without any other ingredients. The natural oils in this type of peanut butter work against the adhesive to make it come up in little balls as you rub it in. When it finally comes up, use your rag and soapy water to get the rest of the residue up.
  3. Apply Ice – Another effective way is with the use of ice. Wherever you find build-up, cover it with a rag and then apply ice to the covered surface. Leave it there for about 10 minutes. This will freeze the molecules of adhesive and make them easy to remove.
  4. Apply Mineral Spirits – Mineral spirits should be used as the last resort. Plainly stated, if you don’t work quickly with mineral spirits you could damage your wood, so be sure to put it on, give it a good rubbing, then wipe it off.

There you have it, the four best natural ways to tackle this sticky problem.

Pay careful attention to getting all of the adhesive off of your floors, even if you happen to use something like a putty knife to coax the adhesive off since especially if you plan to have the floors sanded prior to applying a finish you will be able to take off nearly all of the tiny scratches that you create. Unfortunately, deeper gouges are more difficult, so try to avoid making them as much as possible.

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