One of the first things we noticed about this building was that there was linoleum tile on the floors. Everywhere. We had suspicions that hardwood floors lurked underneath in many of the rooms, especially since some of the tiles were chipped or missing and we could see hints of wood peeking through.
Where to begin the tedious task of removing this crud? The upstairs kitchen quickly became Public Enemy #1. We sensed several layers of flooring moving around under foot as we walked. A little excavation proved that our intuition was correct.
The top layers were not too difficult to remove – just pry them up and drag them to the Dumpster. However, when we got to the base layer and started the tedious task of chipping away at the tiles, it became clear that we needed a better solution.
Enter the Silent Paint Remover.
The Silent Paint Remover works like a heat gun but adds the benefit of infrared light. It heats up to only 300 or 400 degrees Fahrenheit, which isn’t that much compared to a standard heat gun. The infrared penetrates the linoleum tiles and softens the asphalt based adhesive below. When you time it right the tiles peel up easily with no bubbling or burning.
And so it goes – put the Silent Paint Remover on a tile, wait 20 seconds, move it to the next spot and peel up the tile where it was, then move it to the next spot and peel, etc. In three or four hours all the tiles in this 13’ x 15’ room were removed, and when I scraped off some of the asphalt I could actually start to see some wood!