Re: On removing the paper-like backing left from tearing linoleum from floors
Water is what got the same stuff off our concrete kitchen and bathroom floor. This was combined with the concrete polishers grinding it with their big diamond grinder thing. The concrete polisher guys tried a full range of chemicals/solvents on it before they gave up- saying it was too hard to get off and would not finish the job they had quoted for- I convinced them to try water and in no time they were making a fine slurry of a mess getting it off (the red oxide concrete helped by making a bright red muddy mess).
Obviously, if you are going to scrape it off, do yourself a favour and let it soak in for a long time- like an old crusty baking dish. Might have to cover it with plastic or something while it soaks.
Sounds not like fun. Good luck.
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