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Items You’ll Need

  • Klean-Strip® Adhesive Remover:
    1 gallon will strip from 80 to 100 sq. ft.
  • Chemical splash goggles:
    Chemical splash glasses must be worn whenever there is a chance of a chemical splash or spray. They can be obtained at most home centers and hardware stores.
  • Chemical-resistant gloves:
    Most chemical resistant gloves withstand exposure to solvents and other chemicals and withstand tears and punctures. Always read and follow the glove manufacturer’s instructions before use. It’s a good idea to purchase several pair at your home center or hardware store and change out as needed.
  • Long-handled sidewalk scraper or floor hoe
  • Long-handled paint roller
  • Utility knife (if removing vinyl flooring)
  • Stripping brush (for working small areas)
  • Heavy plastic drop cloths (6 mil recommended)
  • Broom and dustpan
  • Mop and water

Before You Start

1. Read The Instructions
Always read all cautions and directions on the product label before beginning a project. You should understand all aspects of the project before you begin. You can also print this project plan and bring it along with you to the job site.

2. Prepare The Work Area
For best results, use chemicals in temperatures between 65° and 85° F and away from strong breeze and hot sun. Stripping large areas such as floors has the potential to result in high levels of potentially hazardous vapors. Working within a small area at a time makes the job easier and decreases hazards. Vapors tend to collect along the floor, so do as much work as possible using the long-handled tools to avoid bending and crawling. If working indoors, open all windows and doors and maintain a cross ventilation of moving fresh air across the work area.

3. Ready To Begin
When you are ready to get started, put on your chemical splash goggles and chemical-resistant gloves. Make sure your mop is within easy reach for quick cleanup of any splashes during the project.

Ask The Experts

Having trouble or looking for a way to make your job go faster and easier? Ask the experts at your local home center or hardware store for advice. They’ll be happy to provide tips and recommend the right tools for the job.

And don’t forget, you can also contact our professionals at: 800-398-3892 or

The Easier Way To Remove Tough Glue.

Often, the toughest part of putting in a new floor is removing the old one.  With the right tools, a few tips and Klean Strip® Adhesive Remover, you can do it. Klean-Strip® Adhesive Remover reverses the adhesive chemistry to soften it — so you can loosen and remove the glue and prepare a clean, smooth surface for your new one.

Step 1

Removing Adhesive

Step 1

Step 1: Pull Up Linoleum, Tiles or wood flooring
There is often rock hard old glue standing between you and a new floor. If covered over, these adhesives could cause problems in the new floor covering. The good news is that old floor glue can almost always be removed by reversing its chemistry to soften it.

Step 2

Step 2: Apply The Remover
Pour 1-1/2 pints (2-3 cups) over a small area no larger than 9 sq. ft. You can pour it directly from the original container.

Step 3

Step 3: Cover The Remover
Lay a heavy plastic drop cloth over the puddle of Klean-Strip® Adhesive Remover. This allows you to spread the material more easily, but it also prevents the Adhesive Remover from evaporating prematurely.

Step 4

Step 4: Spread It Evenly
Use a long-handled paint roller on top of the plastic with very little pressure to spread the Klean-Strip® Adhesive Remover under the plastic, just to the edges. Do not step on the covered area as plastic may become slippery. Leave the area and let the remover do the work. Do not allow the stripper to completely dry on the surface as the adhesive can re-adhere.

Step 5

Step 5: Removal
After 15-30 minutes, you should start to see the chemical reaction happening. The glue will start to bubble up and swell, and this will show that the finish is separating itself from the surface. Scrape a small test area to see if the adhesive is softened and ready for removal. If so, fold back the plastic sheeting. Use the long-handled sidewalk scraper or floor hoe to scrape loosened adhesive. Any stripper that is still liquid can be pushed into the next 9 sq. ft. area and reused.

Return unused remover to the original container. Seal container tightly and store in a cool, dry place.

The work area and tools can be cleaned with soap and water. Wash arms and hands after use - even if gloves are worn.

Allow liquid to evaporate and residue to dry outdoors. Then dispose of in a metal container in accordance with local, state and federal regulations.

After each work session, place all rags, applicators, and old-finish residue in a well-ventilated area. Allow liquid to evaporate and residue to dry outdoors then dispose of in accordance with federal, state and local regulations.