There are many simple ways to remove adhesive from a hardwood floor. A hardwood floor can be hidden for years by a carpet or other material. Trends change and what was once covered over might now be the ideal floor to restore.
A wonderful quality of wood is that it can be restored back to its original beauty. Incidents can also happen and there may be many other reasons why it’s desirable to remove the adhesive.
4 Simple Steps For Removing Hardwood Floor Adhesive:
- Prepare the area
- Remove the main bulk of adhesive
- Complete the removal
Preparing The Area
Give yourself a clean area to work with. Sweeping the floor will remove much of the dirt and dust that can hinder the removal process. After the floor is clear, wash it clean with warm soap-liquid water, so that it is in the ideal state for the work to begin. You can find more tips on how to clean wood flooring and find the best vacuum cleaner for hardwood floors.
Cleaning and removing surface adhesive
Get the adhesive back to liquid form by using hot water. Cover a reasonable area of the floor with clean towels and pour boiling hot water over the towels.
The hot water will soak into them and heat the area underneath them. Leave the towels for a couple of minutes before using them to wipe away any of the melted adhesive.
Use a plastic knife or scraper. Plastic is safe to use and a metal scraper could cause damage to the wood.
That might be sufficient to remove it, all the way down. To deal with any resilience, a hair dryer or a heat gun can heat the adhesive to a higher temperature and liquefy it.
That will enable the scraper to get down to the wood surface. Get it hot enough to melt but be careful not to burn the wood with a heat gun. It can be useful to apply the heat and then remove the heat in intervals. Use the scraper to scrape away the adhesive.
If it gets too hot, you will smell it, and there could be a little smoke. If that happens, then remove the heat to let it cool and then apply the heat again to melt the adhesive without burning the wood.
Natural peanut butter has chemical properties that curiously react with many adhesives to dissolve them. Rubbing the peanut butter into the floor in a heavy-handed circular action can cause it to form small spheres. The result can be wiped with a cloth and soap-liquid with water.
Freezing the Surface
The surface of the hardwood floor will be bonded to the adhesive and this takes a slightly different approach. Making it very cold will break the bond, and then it is just a matter of scraping the surface with a plastic scraping tool.
You can use a thin cloth or a metal tray to cover the surface and then cover that with ice frozen water. Allow the coolness of the ice to draw out the heat for ten minutes or until the surface is very cold.
It must be dry before starting this step because any moisture is likely to prevent it from becoming brittle enough to be scraped off. When ready, use the scraper to scrape and then clean.
Completing The Removal
Mineral spirit can be used for any stubborn areas that were not removed. Use a cloth to apply the mineral spirit and scrub it into the wood.
Alternatively, the floor can be sanded with sandpaper. Sandpaper will give your hardwood an even finish and is a necessary step, if you intend to varnish the hardwood.
Hardwood can be made to look as attractive today as the day that it was first installed. The methods described here are low cost and wonderfully effective.
- Make sure the area is clean.
- Heat up the area so the bulk of the adhesive will be loosened and can be scraped.
- Freeze the surface to make it hard and brittle, to allow surface scraping.
- Use mineral spirit or sanding to complete the process.