How do I remove hardwood floor residue?


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!

  4 answers
  • 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