Good Questions: How Best to Remove Oak Floor Tiles?

Good Questions: How Best to Remove Oak Floor Tiles?

Maxwell Ryan
Jul 25, 2007

Hello AT,

I'm about to start overhauling my apt. It has these ugly 1980s oak veneer tiles (see Pict). They're already loose. Underneath the tiles is yellowish adhesive on concrete. The concrete is in good shape.

My question(s): How best to remove ugly tiles and treat old adhesive to ensure properly adhesion of engineered hardwood floor?...

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What adhesive is considered best?

Specific advice (with tools, specific product names, drying times, etc), links to other posts on this site and others would (wood ha ha) be much appreciated.

And yes, I plan to do the labor myself.

Thanks so much. Adam

Dear Adam,

Oy! What a big, messy job. More power to you and let's see if we can get you some good suggestions.

Here's a link that could be very helpful:

aMAIZEing Biobased Solvent & Stripper


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