It previously had sheet vinyl and still has some adhesive residue on it. How do I cover up the residue? I can't get it completely off. Thanks!

  • What do you want to put on top? Instead of the vinyl that it is.
    – Fizz
    Sep 9 '17 at 1:41
  • The sheet vinyl has been removed. It is a floating floor and shouldn't stick to the subfloor. The manufacturer (us floors) says not to use adhesive remover or any citrus cleanser. I have talked to them twice and got conflicting answers. One person said to put felt paper over it and the second one specifically said not to do that. They said to put a layer of concrete paste. They couldn't give me a brand name.
    – L. Elrod
    Sep 9 '17 at 2:11
  • Is this below grade (like a basement)? What LVT are you using (some need underpayment and perfectly smooth subfloors and others do not)?
    – auujay
    Jun 20 '19 at 11:56

I have found that serious application of a CARBIDE "paint scraper" will remove some truly miserable adhesive residue in a purely mechanical fashion. Don't even bother with the steel blade types, they proved useless.

Typically have a narrow tungsten carbide blade that is clamped, and has two sides so you can flip it once for a fresh edge before replacing or resharpening. Not even terribly expensive.

  • I've had stuff so bad that I went and bought a 4" scraper blade for an SDS chipping hammer. I think it was blacktop. And after that you still need a floor machine.
    – Mazura
    Feb 15 '20 at 22:36

The vinyl planks will need a hard smooth surface to lay over. Typically you would scrape the adhesive clean off then use floor patch and self leveling underlayment as required to get the floor smooth and even.

A a wood based laminate floor your could float right over the adhesive because they all typically have or require a thin foam like underlayment that could float right over the old adhesive as long as you got off the peaks and filled the dips in the over floor.


Get as much as you can off. Go over it a level off the low spots . Add a 1/4 inch underlayment plywood such as louan . Then your pad for floor , Get a good pad mine was of poor thickness and will never use again..And fill all areas !/8 , and a good pad will take care of the rest.

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