How to remove vinyl glue from concrete floor

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Vinyl flooring typically is installed to provide a smooth, durable surface on which to walk. It is easy to clean and simple to install. A vinyl floor usually is laid over a foundation, often made of concrete to maximise stability. When the flooring is removed, much of the vinyl glue remains on the concrete and must be thoroughly eliminated before installing a new floor.

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Things you need

  • Adhesive remover
  • Scraper
  • Broom
  • Floor cleaner

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  1. 1

    Purchase a multipurpose adhesive remover. Most of the commercial solvents available can safely be applied to all industrial and household surfaces, including concrete.

  2. 2

    Prepare a well-ventilated workspace by opening a window if the concrete floor is indoors. This will prevent you from inhaling hazardous fumes from the adhesive remover.

  3. 3

    Soak the affected areas on the concrete with warm water for about 20 minutes. This softens the glue before the chemical solution is applied.

  4. 4

    Follow the directions on the product label for applying the adhesive remover; allow it to soak and dissolve the vinyl glue for the instructed length of time.

  5. 5

    Scrape the glue residue until all the pieces have been removed.

  6. 6

    Sweep up the remains and wash the concrete floor with an appropriate cleaner.

Tips and warnings

  • Many flooring adhesives made before 1980 contained asbestos, which can cause disease if inhaled in large quantities over a long period of time. Protect yourself from exposure by wearing a face or dust mask.

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