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Old 01-26-2009, 10:02 AM   #1
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Default Cleaning up adhesive from peel and stick tiles

My basement has peel and stick tiles that I want to replace with ceramic, except for one small area that will become a little utility room/shop.

What is the best method for removing the adhesive? Id prefer a no fume method since its winter and have small children. Im assuming I wont have to worry about it in areas were I will lay ceramic. I plan to epoxy the utility room.
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Old 01-26-2009, 02:04 PM   #2
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I'll assume it's on a concrete slab? When I removed mine, I just used hot water and about 10 kinds of scrapers. Long handle to get the worst off, then down on my hands and knees with paint scrapers to get the remainder. Had to keep them sharp becasue the concrete really dulls them.
Okay...I'll be honest. I paid a 15 year old kid 5 bucks an hour to remove it. But he used water and scrapers.
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Old 01-26-2009, 06:09 PM   #3
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I'm afraid KartRacer is right.

The two ways I know of are:

#1 Strong Back - Weak Mind Lots of scrapers and Ambition.
#2 Solvent based 'adhesive' removers.

IF the glue is HARD and not pliable it will come off EASIER with a razor scraper. If you have a Harbor Freight you can get some 5" ones for a couple bucks.

IF the glue is GOOEY, You need a DOUBLE dose of Ambition.

Start with Stiff blade, Ram the glue until hands hurt,
Then get down on your knees until your knees and back hurt.
Repeat.

I would NOT recommend trying to HEAT the glue it will be SOFT and more Gooey.

Good Luck.

GLUE SUCKS!

PS.

IF you are going to GRIND the floor for Epoxy (I would HIGHLY recommend) you can use the grinder.

Apply a generous supply of Silica Sand OVER the glue. It will get the glue to Ball up. IF you do NOT add the sand you will heat the glue up. It will stick to the cup wheel, and you will work for twenty minutes without making ANY progress.

Tip: when taking off glue, Start in a spot as Clear as possible. Using a circular "sanding" motion. swoop into the glue about HALF of the cup size. By taking SMALL bites you will get done faster. Running the grinder over the already cleared surface will "clean" the glue from the cup.

IF you have a choice on cups pick the one with the LEAST number of segments. ALSO like I posted before a Long/Short segment design seems to work the best. DO NOT EVEN BOTHER IF THEY ONLY HAVE "Rowed" segments. Meaning a Single or Double row. You will do more harm than good.

We Offer Cup Wheels that will work "OK" for glue. I also RENT a SPECIAL PCD cup wheel for a 7" set up. It is VERY FAST at removing coatings. BUT you need to be hauling but when you do, it will tear up the floor if you don't move quick.
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Old 01-26-2009, 06:15 PM   #4
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I have seen flooring scrapers that were like a slide hammer. You might check with your rental outlets, or flooring dealers to see if they have such a beast available. Also the electric kicker type are available. Takes a little of the agony out of that job. It is still a lot of elbow grease otherwise.
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Old 01-26-2009, 11:07 PM   #5
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Use a citrus based adhesive remover like this one:

http://www.shop.citrusdepot.net/prod...1&productId=19
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Old 01-28-2009, 11:06 AM   #6
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Default Re: Cleaning up adhesive from peel and stick tiles

I will rent a tool to help removing the tiles. My dad rented one a while back with good results. I guess it has a vibrating blade (side to side or whatever) and lifts them pretty well. I’ve also heard dry ice works well (This Old House article).


I will give the citrus cleaner a try first.
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Old 01-29-2009, 01:33 AM   #7
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I have done a couple of floors with my shotblaster and it did rather well. Maybe a rental center around might have one. I have a 69 chevelle. See aviatar.

Best of luck.
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Old 01-29-2009, 07:07 AM   #8
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You ever hang out at the chevelle site? My user name is the same.
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Old 01-30-2009, 01:40 AM   #9
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Which site do you hang at? I used to hit a bunch during the restoration but since then I don't. Give me a site andI will check it out. Chevy Diehard here. Also have a 65 Impala SS convertible that I am working on as money allows.
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Sorry for the late response
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Old 02-25-2009, 09:50 PM   #11
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Default Re: Cleaning up adhesive from peel and stick tiles

You will want to get as much of the residue off as most mortars dont stick to the glue.I have used Methyl Hydrate for this but the fumes are terrible.I have also used a citrus solution that works well it just takes longer.How bad is the residue?If it is just the residue from the peel and stick tiles a good scraping should do.
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Old 02-26-2009, 06:52 AM   #12
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You will want to get as much of the residue off as most mortars dont stick to the glue.I have used Methyl Hydrate for this but the fumes are terrible.I have also used a citrus solution that works well it just takes longer.How bad is the residue?If it is just the residue from the peel and stick tiles a good scraping should do.
Yes, they are peel and stick tiles. I did not remove them yet, so I don't know how bad the residue is. The tiles are delaminating/popping up in many areas, so it may not be that bad.
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