How remove vinyl floor tile adhesive between tiles?

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Registered: 01-14-2007
How remove vinyl floor tile adhesive between tiles?
Mon, 02-03-2014 - 10:44am

Ugh! Adhesive is oozing up between 9 yr old stick on vinyl floor tiles, and is turning black from foot traffic. This floor is in my work at home office. The vinyl tile still looks good otherwise, and I don't want to replace it.  WIll anything remove this gunk? How? THANK YOU!

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Registered: 01-20-2004

Hi! I don't know how to stop it from happening, but I did find this: - which should get the stuff up that has already oozed, and I guess you could just keep spraying it as it happens/gets to be a nuisance. Everything I've read states that the only way is to remove the tile and scrape the adhesive. You could probably check out Home Depot or Lowe's for it or another brand.

Good luck!

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Registered: 02-11-2014

Hi there! I used to work for professional carpet and floor maintenance company in Melbourne -, so my 5 years experience in this field made me to believe that the best and cheapest way is to use a simple DIY technique. First, buy a large container of cooking oil and dump it onto the tile adhesive allowing it to sit overnight. On the next morning when the area is loosen, bring a firm metal spatula and scrape the tile adhesive off the ground. At this point it would come easily. Now when the adhesive is removed to stop it from coming use some of the vinyl seam sealers available, but take into account that adhesive will push sealer out in case it is still oozing. And as a former specialist I can tell you that it is not advisable to coat vinyl tiles with polyurethane.

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