How to Remove Vinyl Adhesive Glue


Vinyl adhesive glue is used to bond vinyl and plastic floor tiles to a foundation. The substance is highly durable and long lasting and therefore a challenge to remove using traditional cleaning supplies. Removing vinyl adhesive glue from a flooring foundation like cement, concrete, wood and other common surfaces requires a chemical solvent and specific removal tools.

Things You'll Need

  • Boiling water
  • Respirator
  • Rubber gloves
  • Adhesive remover
  • Long-handled scraper
  • Push broom
  • Mop
  • Trash bags
  • Detergent
  • Pour boiling water over a manageable portion of the vinyl glue. The heat softens the adhesive and minimizes the amount of chemicals necessary for removal. Let soak for 10 to 15 minutes.

  • Ventilate the workspace and put on a respirator to avoid the harmful fumes. Wear chemical-resitant gloves and apply a commercial adhesive remover according to the manufacturer's instructions. The solvent safely dissolves resilient industrial-grade adhesives, such as vinyl adhesive.

  • Allow the remover to dissolve the flooring glue for the period of time indicated on the product label. Carefully begin loosening the residue with a long-handled scraper. This tool eliminates the need to crouch or bend excessively when attempting removal.

  • Use another application of the adhesive remove if certain areas for especially stubborn areas of the vinyl glue. Some removers may evaporate before they have taken complete effect.

  • Sweep the loose glue aside with a push broom to clear the foundation. Properly dispose of the remains in a garbage bag, then mop the floor with a mild detergent for a thorough cleaning.

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