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PHBT: Getting Linoleum/Glue Off Concrete

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#1 Area Man

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Posted 13 July 2016 - 08:03 PM

 Long story short....pulled carpet expecting concrete underneath, and found linoleum. The old parquet looking shit. Spent a couple days peeling it up and scraping up the backer. It's a lot of fun--you should try it if you haven't!


 On the plus side, we discovered that it's really sweet stained concrete underneath, so now I need to figure out a good way to totally strip off all the glue and get it smooth so I can seal it. We're going to try a buffer with an abrasive pad and some sort of cleaner. We're thinking maybe Simple Green? We tried a gel stripper of some sort, but it didn't work too well. I'm thinking we just need something that will loosen it up, but to use as little as possible to it doesn't clog up the pad immediately.


 Anyone had any experience with this?

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Posted 13 July 2016 - 08:05 PM

I did it in my basement with one of these...


I don't recommend it.

Edited by the_stain, 13 July 2016 - 08:06 PM.

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#3 Zaphod_Beeblebrox


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Posted 13 July 2016 - 08:06 PM

Heat gun and scrape if you want to keep the look of the concrete.
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Posted 14 July 2016 - 05:47 AM

I had about 800 sq ft worth when I bought the house that needed stripping.  Used a heavy-duty industrial stripper/solvent first.  Made it easier, but that's not to say it was easy.


EAT: think it was called Zep, or something close.

Edited by armagh, 14 July 2016 - 05:47 AM.

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#5 Dave McG

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Posted 14 July 2016 - 06:13 AM

I did it. You will suffer. I used a scraper similar to Stain's. It gouged the hell out of the soft concrete that was under it. I think they had used a leveling compound over the structural concrete. (Second floor flexcore building). I was tiling it so no big deal. If you have nice concrete you are trying to save, be gentle.
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