I added the cheap floor tiles many years ago so I can’t blame the last home owner. This was my mess up doing a home improvement without a clue, tools or knowledge needed to do the job. Removing those tiles are doable but take a little bit of effort.
First thing you need is a heat gun. Not to worry this is a multi-tasker for shrink wrap labels or for assisting to clean off some paints as well as glue. I bought a cheap heat gun from Harbor freight for under $10.00. The tiles I removed were a bit old and poorly installed by someone who had know idea haw to install floor tile of any type.
It was easy to remove the tile using a painter’s tool or putty knife to get under the edge and then use the heat gun to work the tile loose. Now the worse part is I laid the tile directly on linoleum and had a sticky residue of glue and some sticky dirt that worked it’s way in between tiles. What worked best for me was some spray on goo-gone, add a bit of heat via the heat gun and using my hand rub that Goo-gone into the glue. Using the heat gun seems to assist the Goo-gone penetrate the old glue.
The Clean up: if you have used Goo-gone in any form you get a very slick and oily feeling residue. Goo-Gone recommends Hot-soapy water to clean the oil reside. I found Acetone and Rubbing alcohol worked better to clean off that oily residue. Trust me I tried Dawn dish soap and other Spray cleaners to ajax type powders and Acetone worked best and 70% rubbing alcohol second. After adding an Acetone/flammable cleaner. I washed the floor with my favorite Lysol Multi-purpose cleaner.
Cleaning this floor up took time. I often waited 10-20 minutes between stages to see if a product work. I also added a bit of time as my knees don’t do all that good cleaning floors. It turned into a 2 day job for me, but I had a bit of experimentation of how to remove the tiles and how to clean up the glue goo after the tiles were removed. This job was a test case as I want to remove some of the peel and stick tile in my back door entrance way and add a “floating wood floor” setting on top of old linoleum. with added underlayment.
I’m glad I tried new stuff with my home. I really hated that I was so ignorant before I started new stuff in my home. I have another are to clean up. But it n entrance way and I have a “floating” wood floor that could look good if I install it correctly. I have couple more tools I want on hand and I want a bit more wood on hand because I’ll probably screw up. But that is the tuition/price you pay when you are learning new things. All the tutorials and youtube videos don’t really matter until you make something for yourself or others.
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