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Old 02-16-2012, 06:08 PM   #1
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Linoleum from hell

I am trying to remove linoleum put down with liquid nails on hardwood floor in my bathroom. I started by trying to scrape and lift it off HA HA!!! After many hours of using words I did not know I even knew I took a torch to heat it and try to remove it that way. Another time consuming useless adventure. I have beautiful ceramic tile to put down. Any ideas how to remove this linoleum that must have been put down in 1974?
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Old 02-16-2012, 06:14 PM   #2
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First have you checked your floor on the DEFLECTO above?Second you will have to put plywood over your hardwood before tiing,so you may not have to take it up.

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Old 02-16-2012, 10:50 PM   #3
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Hi Joyce, Welcome!

As Dave mentioned, you can't tile on top of hardwood, an it is also important to make sure your area is suitable for tile.

As for removing the linoleum, have you tried cutting it into strips with a utility knife (about 6" apart)? This is followed by peeling away the top layer (it will separate from the bottom). Once the backing is exposed you have two options. You can try soaking it with water and see if it softens enough to be scraped off. If this is unsuccessful, I have used paint & epoxy stripper (that contains Methylene Chloride), painted it on the backing, then razor scrapped the backing off the substrate. The chemical removal is dangerous and requires plenty of ventilation, protective clothing, gloves, and eye protection.

Personally, I'd just consider removing the hardwood, and start from scratch.
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