03-07-2012 05:43 PM
We are in the process of ripping out carpet, tile and linoleum to put in new 16x16 ceramic tile on concrete flooring. The glue from the carpet pad is extremely hard to get off. There is also glue from the Linoleum that is not coming of great either. What do you recommend for this? Do I need to fill in the spots where nails were from the carpet tack strips and the lines of the concrete floor that was there when the house was built? I also noticed a white haze on the concrete floor that I believe is a thin layer of paint from a paint sprayer. Does that need to come off also?
03-08-2012 01:30 PM - edited 03-08-2012 01:31 PM
Hey there Trina21,
Thanks for joining our community!~
Sounds like you've got quite a job ahead of you! Let's see if we can't help make it a bit simpler = )
How prominent are the adhesive layers? Do they have high, raised edges or make the floor very unlevel?
I don't personally like to recommend ever using any types of solvents to remove adhesives, since you never know what those solvents were made from previously. I also don't recommend sanding them for exactly the same reason. I would invest in a decent floor scraper, like the Floor Bully 6 in. Floor Scraper. Use this in conjunction with plain old water and see how much you can scrape up.
The reason I prefer to start with water is because if you're working with a water-based adhesive on the floor, then it should start coming up after a bit of scraping. If it's a more aggressive organic adhesive or something else, then it's not coming up anytime soon. If you're not going to be getting it up with your scraping method, then you won't have to worry about it coming up with all the weight of your tile on top of it later on.
Use your thinset or a self-leveler to apply a layer over your adhesives and bring the floor back to a flat, neutral surface. This will also help to cover those hold you were talking about from the tackstrips (which are very minimal at best) and the concrete lines.
The paint you're referring to will be handled at the same time as the adhesive. If it comes off with scraping, then great..if not then just leave it.
Hope this helps you out!~ Please let me know if we can answer any other questions for you, and be sure to keep us posted on how the project turns out! = )
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