How to Remove Glue From Laminate Flooring

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Things You'll Need

  • Vinegar

  • Spray bottle

  • Clean cloths

  • Rubbing alcohol

  • Safety glasses

  • Acetone

  • Plastic scraper

It's almost impossible to install, patch or repair laminate flooring without getting a few drops, smears or gobs of glue where you don't want them. You don't need to purchase specialized products to remove them. Laminate flooring glue has different formulas but they all respond to household products. Start with something mild and if the glue resists, move on to something stronger.

Step 1

Mix 1/4 cup vinegar into a 1-quart spray bottle with water. Spray the solution directly on the glue until it is saturated. Allow it to soak for 30 seconds. Scrub off the glue using a dampened cloth.

Step 2

Ventilate the area. Apply rubbing alcohol to the cloth if the vinegar solution failed to remove the glue. Scrub vigorously with the cloth until the glue is removed. Add more alcohol if you're making progress and the cloth begins to dry. Continue until the glue is gone.

Step 3

Don safety glasses. Apply acetone -- fingernail-polish remover -- to a clean folded cloth if the vinegar or alcohol failed to remove the glue. Apply the acetone to the glue, dabbing it with the cloth until the glue is well saturated.

Step 4

Scrape off the glue using a plastic glue scraper. If it resists, apply more acetone and allow it to remain on the glue for 20 seconds. Continue scraping until the glue is gone. Scrub the area with the acetone-dampened cloth.


Check the manufacturer's instructions before proceeding. If you're not sure what type of flooring you have, test the vinegar, alcohol or acetone on an out-of-sight area to ensure it doesn't fade or tint the flooring.


Don't allow acetone to touch finished woodworking such as baseboards or trim. Acetone dissolves lacquer or other clear finishes.


Wade Shaddy

Specializing in hardwood furniture, trim carpentry, cabinets, home improvement and architectural millwork, Wade Shaddy has worked in homebuilding since 1972. Shaddy has also worked as a newspaper reporter and writer, and as a contributing writer for Bicycling Magazine. Shaddy began publishing in various magazines in 1992, and published a novel, “Dark Canyon,” in 2008.