How to Remove Glue From a Hardwood Floor

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The process of removing glue from a hardwood floor is dependent upon the type of glue that is stuck to the floor, but a hairdryer can be useful to melt most glues. Use a pair of tweezers to pick glue off of a hardwood floor with help from a professional... View Video Transcript

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Rachel Yatuzis

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Hi I'm Rachel Yatuzis and I'm going to show you how to remove glue from your hardwood floors. It depends on what kind of glue it is of course, if it's Elmer's Glue or school glue it is a lot easier to get that kind of glue out than Gorilla Glue, Super Glue, glues like that are a little more tricky, a little less promising that you're going to get them out but try this because it just may work. The best or the first thing you need to do is catch the glue as soon as you can. Try to catch it before it dries. If you don't catch the glue before it dries this is a heat gun, it's like, you know this is something you see on construction sites. Maybe your husband has one in the garage, ask him first before you go looking for something you don't know what it is . This is called a heat gun, plug it in. You want to get the glue hot so that it is sticky again and you can pull it up with a rag. The hotter that you get the glue and the more melted it is the more you are going to be able to get it up out of hardwood. If you don't have one of these which most of us don't you can use a hairdryer also to spray, hold it close to the glue. It will really get it loose and make it sticky, make it a little more liquidy and you will be able to get it out a little more easy that way. If you don't have a hair dryer handy try getting a cloth like any kind of cleaning cloth you have, put water in it, stick it in the microwave and get it really really hot and set it on top of the glue. You are trying to loosen the glue up like I said trying to melt it a little bit and use that same cloth to try to scrub the glue up. After you have done that try to scratch at it pick as much off as you can with your fingernails or a pair of tweezers. If you have used Gorilla Glue or some other kind of glue that is really not coming out you are going to have to sand the spot and refinish it. Call your hardwood flooring company, whoever put your floors in first and ask them what they suggest because they may have a better idea or they may have some special kind of cleaner that will help get the glue out. I'm Rachel Yatuzis and that's how you remove glue from hardwood floors.