I've got an older house that had laminate tile put down in the kitchen. I've peeled up the tile using a heat gun to reveal beautiful fir flooring underneath, but there's a sticky residue left. I'm assuming this is the left over glue.

How can I remove this sticky substance without destroying the soft wood underneath?


Really hot water. Have tons of towels and buckets handy so water does sit long. Repeat until it comes up.

  • Would one of those floor steamer cleaners work too? – brhans Jun 28 '16 at 20:26
  • Sure if you get it wet enough with them. The residue might get on the steamer so better get a commercial one. But seriously we run into this a few times a year. Big pasta pots and boiling water. Never needed to rent anything. Plastic scraper helps move things along but even the plastic can scratch floor a little. – DMoore Jun 28 '16 at 20:29
  • And this doesn't leave the floor swollen and rough? – isherwood Jun 28 '16 at 20:41
  • @isherwood - no. Floors don't swell because they get water. Floor swell because water sits on them. – DMoore Jun 28 '16 at 21:23
  • Hot water works well. I had a ladybug steamer that worked almost as well just a little less water to mop up but it took longer so I went back to boiling+ – Ed Beal Jun 28 '16 at 21:53

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