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Question DetailsAsked on 6/11/2016

I spilled Oatey CPVC Cement glue on a no wax floor, how can I remove it?

I am a plumber and was working in a small area with Oatey CPVC Cement glue when I spilled the glue on to the vinyl no wax floor. How can I remove it? What can I use to remoe it?

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I would get a flooring contractor to come do it - they should be better at cleaning up things like that. Basically, it will mean using a single-edged razor blade to slice through the cement just at the floor surface to remove the bulk of it, then dabbing (not rubbing) with acetone or MEK or uncolored PVC primer to pull the spill up without damaging the flooring - a tough thing to do, because the spill will most likely have softened/bubbled the vinyl surface to at least some extent. Also, the solvent softens/dissolves the flooring surface, so it is a matter of dabbing with the solvent on a rag enough to get a bit of the glue off but without softening the floor, a bit at a time, letting the solvent evaporate after each wiping round.

With fresh spills mineral oil/baby oil (if you happen to have some with you) will clean it up pretty well, but not if hardened.

Quite likely, you will be paying (either out of pocket or your insurance) for replacement of at least a piece of flooring - or if matching material is not available or this is sheet flooring, possibly the entire floor.

And for the future, time to invest in about a 4-5 foot square piece of plywood (6mm luan works nicely and is light) and a painter's tarp - put the tarp over the plywood to trap/contain spills, and the plywood underneath to protect the flooring from bleed-through of any larger spill on the tarp. NOT plastic sheeting - dissolves instantly in pipe solvents and glues plus a fire hazard when soldering.IF concerned about the fire issue, while painter's tarp does not normally burn very fast, you could get a welder's curtain - though will not soak up spills very much, so will behave more like plastic sheeting and may dissolve in PVC solvent - you would have to test a spot. I use a fire-resistant canvas welder's curtain - so is a woven tarp, not plastic or fiberglass, but treated to prevent catching fire in brief contact. Pretty cheap at Amazon and Harbor Freight and such - about $30-50 for a 6x8 replacement screen panel (you don't need the frame, just the fabric). Mine will take a standard handheld propane torch for at least 5 seconds without burning.

Answered 4 years ago by LCD

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