How to Remove Gum From Floating Hardwood Floors

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Floating hardwood flooring is laid down over a layer of underlay, which is a material such as plywood that's placed underneath regular flooring to support or raise it. The individual planks are glued together and they're not nailed or glued to the permanent floor. Stains on floating hardwood floors should be removed working from the outside to the middle of the floor. If you need to remove gum from your floating hardwood floor, a few rags and a scraper will help do the trick.

Things You'll Need

  • Plastic scraper
  • Plastic bag of ice
  • Wax
  • WD-40
  • Clean rags
  • Ben-gay
  • Use a plastic scraper to gently remove the gum from your floating hardwood floor. Use plain water on a clean rag to remove any residue. Dry the area with a clean rag.

  • Apply a plastic bag full of ice to the gum until it becomes brittle enough to crumble off. Remove the gum with a damp rag.

  • Apply wax that is solvent-based to loosen the gum. Remove the gum from the floor with a clean rag.

  • Clean the area with a product made for urethane finishes if the floor has a surface finish.

  • Spray the gum with WD-40. Let it set for ten minutes and wipe it off with a clean rag.

  • Put Ben-Gay on the gum and let it set for ten minutes. Wipe it away with a clean rag.

Tips & Warnings

  • Test the solutions mentioned above in an inconspicuous area of the floor

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