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How to Remove Floor Adhesive from Hardwood

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    LESLIE: Alright. Now we’ve got Chuck in Michigan on the line who’s trying to remove some old padding from a hardwood floor. What happened?

    CHUCK: Well, we just bought this house and when we went to remove the carpeting, we noticed that there was some padding glued down to the floor. The glue was spread with a trowel and I want to restore the hardwood floor, so I don’t want to damage it when I remove the carpeting. And I figured I’d give you guys a call and find out what your suggestion would be.

    TOM: Because you were hoping that we would give you the easy, simple, do-it-yourself solution to this problem, weren’t you, Chuck?

    CHUCK: Exactly. That’s what I was counting on.

    TOM: That’s why I hate to disappoint you, buddy.

    LESLIE: Yeah, I don’t think it’s going to be so easy.

    TOM: There’s nothing easy about removing these floor adhesives. They’re really into that floor. What you end up having to do is scrape off as much as you can and then you’re going to belt-sand this floor with a floor sander. And when I say, “You,” I mean the sort of – the royal you. I would hire a guy to do this because if you make a mistake with this belt sander, you will damage the floor.

    LESLIE: Yeah, this is not a fun project.

    TOM: But if you put it in the hands of a professional, they can scrape off this glue, get it down to fresh hardwood and get it to a point where you can refinish these and have them look terrific.

    CHUCK: OK. Thank you very much. We’ll try that out.

    TOM: You’re welcome, Chuck. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.

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