I have been working on a 1949 house and for 12-15 hours a day the past 3 days I have been trying to get this God-awful peel/stick tile off.
I finally accomplished this by googling a million sites and someone suggested using a steam iron (Bye-Bye, Proctor and Gamble wonderful iron!).
It worked getting the actual tile up but now I'm left with the black residue and it's so sticky that my tennis shoes are stuck to the floor. When I tried to walk they wouldn't budge. It was like Braer Rabbit and the tar baby. I'm not kidding. Why would someone use tar to glue linoleum into place?
You KNOW I can't use the iron on that cause it will clog up the holes where the steam comes out. I can't take anymore. My dogs are hiding under the bed.
Someone else mentioned pouring scalding water on the adhesive and scraping it up. That kind of worked- at least it's brown now and you can walk on it without your shoes coming off. But I still have to pull up the plywood to get to the beautiful wood underneath.
I am a fairly attractive woman and now I have "man hands" (splinters, cuts, etc,).I can't afford to hire anyone.
Please help. After I figure out how to move the major appliances (I weigh 100 lbs) I'm sure there's more under there.)
I have tried many adhhesiveremovers and wire brushes. Nada.