How do I remove adhesive residue from lineoleum floors?


I'm removing the linoleum from the floor and it is sticky how do I remove this?

  8 answers
  • Betsy Betsy on Mar 21, 2020

    Hi Diane: First of all, get a heat gun if you can. This will make things so much easier! Here is a site that shows a couple of ways to do this.

    Good luck

  • Diane ndfan Diane ndfan on Mar 21, 2020

    Betsy thank you very much

  • Mogie Mogie on Mar 21, 2020

    Some adhesives, such as tile mastic and wood glue, are water-soluble and will soften if you keep them wet long enough. An easy way to do this is to soak a towel in water, lay it on the glue-covered area and keep it wet by spraying it with water periodically. Eventually, the glue may become soft enough to scrape away, using a plastic paint scraper that won't scratch the linoleum.

    If water doesn't work, try mineral spirits or paint thinner; neither will damage linoleum but may help soften the glue enough to scrape it off. You may have to resort to lacquer thinner or acetone on linoleum for some types of glue, and these require more respect. Dab the solvent on the glue, not on the surrounding flooring, using a cotton swab. Remove any spilled acetone on vinyl floor surfaces immediately to prevent damage.

    Always ensure ventilation whenever you use chemicals in your home. Follow the product instructions exactly, and avoid mixing chemicals that could cause a reaction. Use protective gear to avoid contact or inhalation of any harsh chemical solvents.

  • Gk Gk on Mar 21, 2020

    What kind of floor is under your linoleum? Wood plywood underlayment? Chipboard? Cement? There are different solutions for each situation. What kind of flooring will you be putting down next?

  • William William on Mar 21, 2020

    Goo Gone will remove the adhesive.

  • Peggy L Burnette Peggy L Burnette on Mar 22, 2020

    Hi Diane, sorry about that nasty sticky adhesive left behind. This is not easy but it can be done, I have done it. Good luck and stay well.

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    Pull the linoleum up in strips to reveal the linoleum glue. If difficult, try a heat gun to soften it, and then pull it off. The remaining glue can be scraped with a floor scraper or soaked overnight with water and dish soap, which helps soften the glue. Again, use a paint scraper to remove the linoleum glue.

  • Cheryl A Cheryl A on Mar 24, 2020

    here is some info that may help you out

  • Lynette Lynette on Mar 24, 2020