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What is the best way to remove old linoleum and glue?

It's located in the kitchen and breakfast room. And it's a good 20 years old so it's OK to rough it up!! LOL!!! Thank you for your help!!!

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Asked by KrisOtherMama at 1:22 PM on Nov. 11, 2008 in Home & Garden

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  • You may not need to actually remove it depending on what you're planning to put down over it. If you're going back with a high quality linoleum again it should be fine to layer it. That being said, when we bought our house we had carpet over linoleum over sub floor in our dining room and apparently the previous owners kitty didn't always hit the box and the linoleum had been saturated. SO, if it must come up there IS a tool the professionals use to scrape it you can buy at Lowe's but two days with a snow shovel got me the same results.

    Answer by Slinkee at 1:26 PM on Nov. 11, 2008

  • WD40 gets the sticky glue residue up in an instant.

    Answer by busybee68 at 1:59 PM on Nov. 11, 2008

  • Keep in mind that if it's old enough, it may actually contain asbestos - in which case you do NOT want to rough it up. It was very common to put asbestos vinyl tiles in kitchens in the 70s.

    Other than that, I agree that a good scraping tool works best. I don't remember exactly what we used but it was similar to the snow shovel idea. Wide, flat blade to get under an edge and pop the tile off.

    Answer by kaycee14 at 5:07 PM on Nov. 11, 2008

  • if it will peel up, peel up the top layers. then pour acetone over spots you can work with, as the glue loosens, use a flat spade and scrape the layers and glue off. you may need a mask or ventilator and open windows. this is not an easy job by any means, especially if the people who put it down to begin with put it down to stay. the flat blade needs to be very sharp or new, and will have to be sharpened frequently to save some elbow grease. find a neighbor with a grinding tool to keep it sharp and good luck.

    Answer by JumpingHoops at 5:26 PM on Nov. 11, 2008

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