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Question DetailsAsked on 6/12/2016

I already asked about cleaning a hardwood floor that has wallpaper paste and spackle dust walked on it

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There are too many types of glue/paste to advise - find out the make of paste and check cleanup instructions on the label - if no joy there, contact the manufacturer. Might be TSP or vinegar will take it off if water based, or might be at other extreme and be a contact cement that takes acetone or MEK - or anything in between like alcohol or paint thinner based material.

If a contractor did this (as opposed to DIY) then leave the cleanup to him - because that way HE will also be responsible for floor replacement/repair if there is permanent damage to the hardwood. SInce you talked about sweeping against the grain, sounds like unfinished flooring (BIG mistake to work with wallpaper removal or paste over a hardwood floor without double-layer painters tarp over plastic sheeting) so I am guessing unless it did not penetrate very far and can be scraped off then sanded to good wood and refinished, you are likely looking at a partial floor replacement.

BTW - if this was a DIY job, if significant floor replacement needs doing, consider the cost versus your insurance deductible, because this would normally be an insured loss on your homeowners insurance. Otherwise, if by a contractor, any repair/replacement comes out of his pocket or insurance.

NOTE - the spackle dust is relatively inert and will clean up easily wet rag laid on it for a minute or so and then wiped up, or at worst if already wet wiped around with white vinegar - the paste removal is your problem here.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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