For those of you who have been following our home (built in 1917) improvement projects, we finally figured out a safe, easy and non toxic way to get that horrid linoleum that had black tar underneath off the wood floors in the craft-music room (see pics “improvement” here & here). Water. Yep, HOT water! No need for commercial or chemical strippers… ok, that sounds rather funny! LOL Not to mention saving my pretty little knuckles from using a scrapper (boy, that was tedious & tiring!)
Anyhow, we figure there just had to be a better way! After some searching, Jordanne found this nifty trick; however, the trouble for me was how to keep the hot water on the linoleum for hours and live in the house at the same time. I figured I couldn’t do the whole floor but only sections at a time. I rummaged in the garage and found a stack of burlap coffee sacks, laid one down on the floor and poured boiling hot water. Then I put down a waxed cardboard box and an old throw carpet so that we could walk over the soaked floor and burlap without our socks and shoes getting wet (*shudder*). It worked! The horrible linoleum and black as tar glue came right off. Now, I am one happy girl … wood floors! Woot! I sooo love wood floors.
The wood floor is old and not perfect; but I will give it a good cleaning with Murphy’s soap and a good oiling afterwards.