Tips for Removing Vinyl Tile Adhesive with Cooking Oil

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What You'll Need
Cooking oil
Knife or scraper
Paper towels

Vinyl tile adhesive is a substance that you use to properly install any type of vinyl tile. When you do this type of job, there is a good chance that you will get some of the adhesive on top of the tile or on some other surface. Rather than scrape it off and potentially ruin your tile, you can easily remove the vinyl adhesive with regular cooking oil. Here are a few tips to keep in mind as you tackle this project.

Step 1 - Saturate the Spot

To begin, completely cover the area that has the excess adhesive with oil. Be generous with your application, but you do not need to cover the whole floor. The oil helps dilute the adhesive. Most vinyl tile adhesive is oil-based, so if you add more oil, it will lessen the effectiveness of the adhesive overall.

Step 2 - Let It Soak

Once you apply the oil to the top of the adhesive, allow time for it to set. It needs a few minutes to dilute the oil in the adhesive before you can move forward. You might need to give it about 10 or 15 minutes before moving onto the next step.

Step 3 - Scrape

For the next part of the process, you will need a knife or a scraper. Work very gently to scrape the adhesive from the tile. Vinyl is durable but it is also fairly soft. This means that if you push the knife to hard down into the vinyl, you will most likely cut into it. You could also scrape off the top layer of the vinyl. Take your time to gently pry the adhesive off of the surface of the tile.

Step 4 - Clean Up

After you have successfully removed the vinyl tile adhesive, you need to clean up your mess. Start by using a paper towel to wipe up all of the extra oil. Then you can start cleaning the area with soap and water to remove all of the oil residue from the spot. This way, you will not be left with any slick or greasy spots on your floor. Finally, follow it up with another paper towel so that the area will be completely dry.