A thick, uneven layer of grey and white mottled adhesive.
it's just so gross...and icky.. and smelly
We first decided to try brute force and scrape the floor with a heavy duty 7inch long handled scraper from Lowe's that was purchased on one of our many weekend trips.
From what I read. it's supposed to be low odor, inexpensive, and quick to take effect.
We still didn’t remove all of the adhesive, but our floor looked and smelled much better after we mopped it with non-solvent infused hot water.
If you ever decide to remove your multiple layers of flooring—here are a few tips we learned the hard way:
- Carefully remove your baseboards (and do so before painting) otherwise you'll be forever patching holes like we were.
- Be prepared for a stinky, dusty mess no matter how clean you keep your floors. Our house smelled horrible for a few days!
- A linoleum blade can save lots of frustration
- A good floor scraper can save even more—I almost wish we had used that along with our linoleum knife to pull up the tile initially. It made quick work of a few stubborn self-adhesive tiles that were hiding under our washer and dryer.
- A long soak with hot water can help loosen up adhesive, but a strong adhesive removing solvent really does the job!
- If you’re going to use an adhesive remover, be sure to evacuate the house while it sets, if possible—it will save your brain cells and prevent you from a toxic hangover in the morning. I had a killer headache the next day and was really scatterbrained.. but that's somewhat typical for me.