How do I remove cement-like glue on a beautiful wood ceiling?

by Mary
Someone glued acoustic ceiling tiles on a beautiful wood ceiling. I took the tiles off but don't know how to remove this awful glue! It actually feels like cement, and may well be!
  6 answers
  • Cynthia H Cynthia H on Apr 20, 2015
    Without actually seeing it, it's hard to tell. Have you tried a heat gun or citrus stripper on it yet? A small spot will be the best place to test it. Good luck!
  • Hope Williams Hope Williams on Apr 21, 2015
    Without a pic it is hard to tell. However some things you might try first. I would not use a heat gun based on the fact that you don't know what is in the glue. Heat may cause it to release toxins. Try scraping first. Then you might try citri strip. You can always try sanding too, but be sure to wear a good mask. Google how to remove dried glue and I'm sure you'll get tons of info.
  • Bonnie Berry Bonnie Berry on Apr 21, 2015
    I had very thick glue on the hardwood floor, under the linoleum in my kitchen. I used adhesive remover, purchased at Ace Hardware, that worked great. Make sure you wear safety glasses, and rubber gloves. Also have a good air circulation. Hope this product helps you as it did for me. Best of luck
  • Angelia Christenson Angelia Christenson on Apr 21, 2015
    My cure all for any kind of adhesive remover is actually a medical products type item called "medi solve" (there are similar also in generic names and put out by coloplast and bardia etc.) I happened upon it because i have a PERMANENT high output ostomy and have to remove a lot of cement and other tape type residues a minimum of twice a week without harming my skin as well. Has a lovely citrus aroma (much like citrasolve in the cleaners aisle) but a lot less harmful to wood and other precious surfaces because it has an oil in it as well. I keep these WIPES which are rather small pretty much on hand in three rooms with all my crafting and gluing and such. (YOU DO HAVE TO HOLD IT ONTO THE PLACE YOU WANT REMOVED FOR A BIT TO SOAK IN....takes patience at times but taking price tags and labels becomes so easy its well worth it. (amazon has tons of medical products that you dont have to go searching thru medical suppliers for by the way...some of my items arent covered my insurance in the quantitiy i need so have to do a separate order each moth thru them as well) Hope it helps
  • Gail lichtsinn Gail lichtsinn on Apr 22, 2015
    It sounds like construction adhesive..Look a brand up and see if it lists a solvent..Thats really hard to remove without damage..You could try a blow dryer and heat it just enough to see if it softens but a solvent is going to be your best bet without a lot of gouges in the wood
  • Melodie Melodie on Apr 23, 2015
    I have to agree with a heat gun.