Removing Linoleum Glue From a Concrete Floor

May 22nd 2003
Removing Linoleum Glue From a Concrete Floor

Dear Shell,

I have removed the old linoleum from concrete floor with a metal scrapper, it was not a fun job, and there is still a residue of what appears to be asphalt based glue left behind. I would like to know if there is something that can be used to remove this from the concrete. Failing that, is there any harm putting new flooring, rug, lino or wood over residue?

Thanks, Garth


1. You would have been better to leave the old vinyl flooring in place.
2. Using a heat gun, heat area and scrape as much of the glue as possible away.
3. Flooring stores stock a primer to apply over the adhesive before new vinyl is installed.
4. If carpet or laminate flooring is used nothing further is required. It's just that easy.

Note: If you had left the original vinyl flooring down and went over it with a leveling compound, rather than removed it all together, it would have been easier for you and any type of flooring could have gone on top of it.