Help! Removing linoleum from wood floor
My wife and I bought an old farmhouse with simple wood floors (5″ or so t&g) that she’d like to paint. The only problem is the linoleum floor covering is STUCK. Putty knives and razor blades will pop up little inch square pieces… it’s not glued down, looks like tar paper that melted down from the southern exposure. Anybody got a better way? I’m looking at way too many labor hours this way.
Lot people here have suggested using dry ice to crack the bond?
Or go to the other extreme, use a heat gun to soften the material. BTW if the flooring is really old it may contain asbestos, so use appropriate measures to ensure yor family's safety.
You might want to have it tested for asbestos... if that sort of thing concerns you.
knee pads and 3 inch knife keep humming
my wife and i ran into the same problem in our last house- the hideous pink linoleum probably went down over the oak sometime in the 1940's or 50's- the glue turned out to be water soluble. with some hot wet towels and a putty knife it came up virtually spotless! good luck!