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Glue on Bamboo Flooring

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When we had our new bamboo floors installed last week, the installers got some glue on top of the bamboo which was not readily evident until the floor was finished. By then the glue had dried hard! We are getting the glue off with SOS but it is leaving a dull place. How do we restore the shine to the flooring? Is there a better way to remove the glue? We even called the glue manufacturer and they are "testing" ways to remove it in their labs! Can you believe that! The manufacturer doesn't even know how to get it off...

Susan Jones from Roman Forest, TX

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By Jwallis03/17/2013

I just went had some ebony colored bamboo layed it shows everything very easily, if I had to do it again I'd go with a natural look. In any case I had terrble smudges and glue on the surface and no amount of scrubbing would work. I just went to Home Depot and tried some of these suggestions. Heres what I found to work best. The Goo Gone is better for the glue than WD40 so if you don't have either around the house just get the Goo Gone.

I personally think the steel wool works better than the magic eraser. I took the Goo Gone and liberally put it on the steel wool pad and rubbed it off as well as over the smuches. The goo gone gets all over and seems to work nicely as an oil on the wood. Then after I did a section I sprayed it down with Murphy Oil Soap which is like orange pledge it cut the oil some and left a shine still.

I did the whole floor which was my office and then I took a big mob and sprayed vinegar water all over and mopped it up with a swiffer type mop but with a towel type bottom not the paper bottoms. That cut the oil so that it didn't sit on the top and so that it wasn't slippery. It looks oiled down and I like it a lot. Let's see how it looks once it dries. For before and after email me at agent jodi wallis a yahoo.

By bamboo55509/22/2010

It is on the installers who got the glue on the floor in the first place. They should have removed it. Now how you deal with it depends on the type of bamboo flooring you have. Is it a laminate, solid or strand woven? If it's a laminate, down the line you really won't be able to sand and refinish. If it's solid or strand woven like BamStrand, then, if you have to, you can sand and refinish it.

By Jim Rimmer06/28/2009

I finally found something to fix the glue spots on the bamboo floor I put down. Even though I cleaned off the glue immediately, it left small spots. After many trial and errors, I came to the conclusion that it wasn't glue left on the wood but that the urethane glue had actually dulled the finish. I used acetone, mineral spirits, WD40, Old English polish, 0000 steel wool, and many other things looking for a solution.

Once I figured out that it was finish damage and not left over glue I started looking for something else. This weekend I found Minwax Floor Reviver (at Home Depot) and it did the trick. Spread it like you would wax and don't be afraid to put it on really thick. The floors look terrific.

So, if you encounter this problem or want to spruce up some old wood floors, give it a try. But NEVER use urethane glue on wood floors no matter what the experts say.

By Glen (Guest Post)01/24/2009

I had the same problem, smudges after getting the glue off with mineral spirits. Tried the super fine steel wool (0000) with WD-40 and the smudges are gone. Work in the direction of the grain. Lots of elbow grease though.

By Mike12/14/2008

I had hundreds of cured urethane glue spots and smudges; only 0000 (super fine) Steel Wool with Bostik's Urethane Adhesive Remover worked. Scrub with grain. TEST inconspicuous area first. Do not use SOS pad or any other steel wool other than 0000.

By Jane M. (Guest Post)11/21/2008

Just finished using W-D40 on our Bamboo flooring it came off with a spray of W-D40 and a wipe in one minute looks great, I have 2300 sq.ft to do.

By LJ (Guest Post)11/09/2008

Susan Jones - Did the manufacturer of the glue tell you a product that would get the glue off? We have hundreds of glue spots on 1600 sq. feet of bamboo. Thanks

By trista07/31/2008

I NEED HELP!! had some friends install new bamboo flooring...looks great...however the mess from the glue on the flooring WILL NOT COME UP!!! Tried everything...odorless mineral spirits, bostiks...and not to mention a bunch of other crap!! Is there a way any one knows of to get this off??? PLEASE HELP!!!!

By A (Guest Post)02/27/2008

I just used canola oil on my bamboo floor! Just use a dab of it & with your finger nail scrap it off and it comes off SUPER easily. Wipe off the excess oil with a cloth, I had a damp one around so that's what I used. It just takes patience. Good grief.

By Jill (Guest Post)12/27/2007

I use goo-gone to remove scuffs, oil markers and glue from bamboo flooring. It also works on small carpet spots.

By Chris (Guest Post)12/14/2007

Hi, I had the same problem. Tried everything. Some of the smears/smudges are very subtle and can be seen at only some angles. These are the ones that are impossible to remove. If anyone has another suggestion, I'm all ears!! Thanks.

By Lisa (Guest Post)07/15/2007

I'm not sure about on bamboo floors, but on hard wood floors you can use mineral spirits on a rag, and the excess glue comes right off with no damage.

By (Guest Post)07/13/2007

call the folks who made the mess, it should be under warranty. You shouldn't be stuck with having to worry about it, you didn't do it!
tinah

By Elizabeth (Guest Post)07/12/2007

I would call the installers and ask for them to return and professionally remove their mess....just a thought.

By Jean. (Guest Post)07/10/2007

I have a couple of ideas:
1. I'm not sure how you would restore the shine, but you might try some "wipe-on" polyurethane. It's sold in Home Depot, Lowe's, etc. in the paint and stain department. You might have to wipe on more than one coat to match the existing shine.
2. To remove any remaining glue, spray the spot with WD-40. Be sure to wipe up any remainder so the floor won't be slippery. This is how I removed the excess glue when I had some new vinyl tiles installed. I don't see why it wouldn't work on bamboo flooring also.

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