Q: Is it possible to fill 1/4 or less cracks in hardwood floor before sanding and finishing?
For anyone who has carpet, linoleum, tile on their hardwood floors and are looking to remove it this is what we did. First we had to take off the very old 20+ year carpet and it’s pad which was falling apart. We first used a ice scraper. We also found a roofing shovel with ridged edges worked well for tough spots.
After carpet was removed, we found old linoleum backing under that. So we scrapped some more. Finally went to the local Menards (Hardware center) and asked for some tile/glue remover in the carpet/tile department. We got a gallon which you mix with water, put on a small area at a time, leave on for hour or two, and it worked like a miracle. The linoleum backing and glue scraped right off. After you scrap it off, you use clean water and a rag to rub off any extra glue that is left. You are left with a beautifully clean hardwood floor that is ready to finish. Hope this helps some of you.
A: All good tips. There may still be one variable that is unknown under this situation. It may be safely assumed that the adhesive from the linoleum has also seeped between the boards, and now is quite likely that this adhesive remover also resides there as well as in the heavy grain, if the wood happens to be oak, ash or other such heavy grained wood. How this will react with a floor finish is anyone’s guess.
Related Q: I tore out carpet that is probably 50 years old, and found hard wood floors, but I am having a terrible time getting the backing from the carpet off of the floor. Water isn’t working. HELP!
A: If it has simply stuck from age and is not glued on, you should be able to remove it with a flat blade drywall trowel.