03:21PM | 01/03/05
Member Since: 01/01/05
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got hardwood floor in fare shape, about 40years old someone cover it with tar paper and tile, has been cover for about 30 or 40 years. I scraped up the tile easy enough, but the tar paper has melted, bonded with the hardwood floor, I need help on removing this paper. thanks for any ideas john


12:56PM | 02/25/05
I have the same dilema. Did anyone respond?

I went to my local hardware store and they just pointed me to the scrapers and suggested a heat gun. Any better ideas?

thx in advance


05:53PM | 08/26/07
Member Since: 08/25/07
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same problem as many others tile over tar paper over hardwood floor . what to do to get tar off floor.



07:40AM | 07/18/08
Member Since: 07/17/08
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Remove as much as the paper as you can. Score the rest of it with a wall paper scorer. Mix 1 part fabric softener (any brand) with 3 parts ultra hot water. Pour it over the paper and leave it sit for 15 minutes. If the paper is still thick it will loosen the top layer and help you remove it, then repeat the process. If the paper is thin enough, you can scrap with a wide spackle knife and the paper and adhesive will come up easily.

Rinse with plain water to remove any adhesive or fabric softener residue.


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