How to get sticky gunk off wood floor after tile (vinyl or linoleum) removal?

I removed the old tiles and now there is a lot of sticky glue. How should I clean this up and prep it for the peel and stick tiles I want to install?

best way i have found is to use a chemical adhesive remover, pour it on the floor, scrub it with a stiff bristle brush or broom, mop up excess, and allow to dry before installing new tiles. depending on your existing sub floor ( is it rough, wavy, or damaged) you may need to install a 1/4 inch plywood laminate over the floor, fill all seams and nails then prime the floor with a special primer made for peel and stick tiles. any home improvement store can set you up.

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6 Responses to “ How to get sticky gunk off wood floor after tile (vinyl or linoleum) removal? ”

  1. Cara N says:

    you need to get a sander and sand down your whole floor we just had to do the same thing a few months ago
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  2. Kristin R says:

    Unless its really ridgy, just apply more glue and stick em down. If its ridgy get a stripper (at the hardware store, not the bar) and use that to remove the gunk.
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  3. chicagirl51 says:

    You can try some goo-gone and a putty knife. If it’s not really "lumpy" (fairly smooth) then install the tiles over it. Is the wood plywood OSB or wood plank?
    If it is osb or wood plank, redeck it with luann.
    If it is plywood try a product called AFTA:http://www.the5and10.com/index.cfm/CategoryID/30
    This stuff will remove almost any glue and it has a high alcohol content so it evaporates fast and will leave little residue. After you are done. you will need to let it dry for a few days, 48 hours. Run a feather finish:http://www.ardex.com/prod-feather_finish-inst.htm
    patch on all the floor joints with a 6" drywall knife, sand it down after it drys.(80 grit paper)
    roll on a latex liquid primer:http://www.floorprep.com/additives.html#latexliquid
    to remove all the dust particles. KEEP THE FLOOR CLEAN! no dust….you can buy this by the gallon at most boxstores.
    (Dust is the downfall of peel and stick tile.)
    Let it dry good.

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  4. a3eracer says:

    best way i have found is to use a chemical adhesive remover, pour it on the floor, scrub it with a stiff bristle brush or broom, mop up excess, and allow to dry before installing new tiles. depending on your existing sub floor ( is it rough, wavy, or damaged) you may need to install a 1/4 inch plywood laminate over the floor, fill all seams and nails then prime the floor with a special primer made for peel and stick tiles. any home improvement store can set you up.
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  5. www.carpentrypages.com says:

    You can buy a thin sheet of plywood nail it to the floor this is called a subfloor then put the tiles on it will be much easier then trying to get the glue off the floor Good Luck hope this helped you
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  6. Wullie says:

    You can just lay your new tiles over the sticky glue residue. Just scrape off any thick patches so the new floor is level.
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