How to Remove Excess Adhesive From Vinyl Tile

Vinyl tiles are a popular flooring option for their relatively cheap price tag and ease of maintenance. Vinyl tiles require an adhesive to secure the tiles to the flooring. This adhesive can be quite messy and -- once it comes in contact with the vinyl -- will quickly adhere to the tiles. Remove fresh adhesive by wiping it with paper towels dampened with hot water. Once the adhesive has dried on the vinyl tiles, removal becomes more difficult but not impossible.

Ventilate the area by opening the doors and windows. Wear a dust mask and rubber gloves.

Fill a plastic paint tray with methylene chloride paint remover. Dip a paintbrush in the paint remover. Brush the remover directly on the excess adhesive until you have thoroughly coated the adhesive. The paint remover will loosen the adhesive to make removal easier.

Let the paint remover sit on the adhesive for 10 to 15 minutes. Scrape the loosened adhesive off the vinyl tiles with a paint scraper. Wipe the scraper clean with several paper towels after each pass.

Continue scraping until you have removed the loosened adhesive. Clean the flooring with a mixture of 1 gallon warm water and two to three drops liquid dish soap. Wipe the mixture off the vinyl tiles with a cloth dampened with cool water. Let the tiles dry.


Read and follow all directions and warnings printed on the paint remover label.

Things You'll Need

  • Dust mask
  • Rubber gloves
  • Plastic paint tray
  • Methylene chloride paint remover
  • Paintbrush
  • Paint scraper
  • Paper towels
  • Liquid dish soap
  • Cloths
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Amanda Flanigan began writing professionally in 2007. Flanigan has written for various publications, including WV Living and American Craft Council, and has published several eBooks on craft and garden-related subjects. Flanigan completed two writing courses at Pierpont Community and Technical College.