How do I remove hardwood floor residue?

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Am tearing up carpet in an old house and there is black residue on the hardwood underneath somebody said may be from linoleum long ago. Anyone know of a solvent that may take off without harm to the wood? Thanks all!

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  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Jun 17, 2019

    Hello Sherri,

    You could try Goo Gone or maybe WD-40. Haven't had to do your task, but I would try these if I had the same problem. Always try in an out of the way area first before going for it big time! Good luck...........

  • Dee Dee on Jun 17, 2019

    If you are looking to refinish the hardwood floors, you can get a hardwood sander and sand off the glue. Another product that might help is Acetone, the kind from Lowes or Home Depot not nail polish remover.


    • Sherri Sherri on Jun 18, 2019

      Thank you Dee!! I think I am going to Google that for further research!

  • Michelle Leslie Michelle Leslie on Jun 18, 2019

    Hi Sherri, I would place some old towels in a pot of boiling water and then let them lie on top of the residue

  • Agnes Chrzanowska Agnes Chrzanowska on Jun 30, 2021

    buff it and change chemical you use to wash your floor

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