If you are about to use a flooring adhesive remover, it is important to choose a product that is not only safe for the environment but one that will do exactly what it says it will do. There are many different types of quality floor adhesive remover products for things such as latex, acrylic, urethane, pressure sensitive, and cut back glues. However, each one of these glues will require a special chemically compatible remover.
Most do-it-yourself homeowners find that the most difficult part of remodeling a floor is the removal of the floor’s previous material and glue. Obviously, floors are different and each one has its own special adhesive. Over time, an adhesive will harden and in fact it will become almost petrified. This will make the removal extremely difficult and therefore you will need to use one of the above environmentally friendly, adhesive floor removers.
For anyone who is considering doing an existing floor removal project on their own, it is important to remember two key things, safety and ventilation. Floor removal adhesives contain a variety of chemicals that will soften the adhesive for easy removal. You need to protect yourself by wearing pants, long sleeved shirts, and using rubber gloves. Always read the recommendation guidelines included from the manufacture. These guidelines will recommend which type of filter you should use with your respirator. Also, make sure that all windows and doors are fully open. This will keep harmful fumes to a minimum while doing the removal process.
Once again, it is important to read the manufacture’s recommendations on how to mix the solution or whether to apply it at full strength. You can use a squeegee, paint brush, paint roller, broom, or mop. Remember, your goal will be to cover all of the old adhesive with a layer of the solution. The solution will soak into the adhesive and start the chemical reaction. Your next step will be to scrape off the softened solution.
If you have a thin layer of glue or a small area then you can use a standard handheld floor scraper to remove the glue. For larger areas and thicker concentrations, you may be best to stand up and use a full-size floor scraper. No matter which scraper you use, your goal will be to remove all of the adhesive from the sub-floor. Since the glue has been softened by the chemicals it should peel up and away easily. If it does not, simply apply another layer of the adhesive floor removal solution.