How to remove glued parquet flooring

Updated February 21, 2017

Parquet flooring is a durable flooring that is valued for its reasonable cost, ease of maintenance and its ability to stand up to wear and tear over a long period of time. Parquet tiles are available in a variety of patterns, textures and wood types. Parquet tiles are often glued directly to concrete floor. Removing parquet flooring when it's time for a change isn't difficult, but requires elbow grease and patience.

Rent a vibrating floor tool from a home improvement or hardware store. Use the vibrating tool to loosen the parquet tiles from the flooring underneath. Alternatively, use a regular garden edger and work the edger around the tiles.

Peel the loosened parquet tiles from the floor underneath with a tool such as a putty knife, spatula or other flat object. Dispose of the flooring in the garbage.

Remove any dried glue remaining on the floor with a citrus-based adhesive remover. Citrus-based removers have mild odours and aren't difficult to use. Apply the adhesive remover to the dried adhesive and leave the remover in place to soften the adhesive. Read the recommendations on the label for specific instructions, and don't attempt to remove the glue too soon.

Remove the adhesive with a paint scraper when the glue is softened. Alternatively, use a solvent-based adhesive remover. Follow the instructions closely, as the fumes are dangerous and many solvents are highly flammable.

Things You'll Need

  • Vibrating floor tool or garden edger
  • Putty knife or spatula
  • Citrus or solvent adhesive remover
  • Paint scraper
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About the Author

M.H. Dyer began her writing career as a staff writer at a community newspaper and is now a full-time commercial writer. She writes about a variety of topics, with a focus on sustainable, pesticide- and herbicide-free gardening. She is an Oregon State University Master Gardener and Master Naturalist and holds a Master of Fine Arts in creative nonfiction writing.