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CherylD1120
How to remove tar paper from reclaimed hardwood flooring

I recently removed oak flooring from a home. It is covered with the tar paper adhesive from 1930's linoleum. How can I remove the tar paper from the 2 1/4" slats before I use it in my home? I thought of using a planer, however it might gum up the blades too fast. I have about 300 square feet to clean up before I can re-use it.

A. Spruce
Re: How to remove tar paper from reclaimed hardwood flooring

That black tar like stuff is called "cut back", and there is a solvent made specifically for removing it. Check with any good flooring retailer that caters to contractors and tell them what you have, they'll show you what you need. It would also be helpful if you took a sample of the stuff with you.

CherylD1120
Re: How to remove tar paper from reclaimed hardwood flooring

Thanks for the info!

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