Here’s the kitchen floor after two layers of crud came up. Note the lovely tarpaper and gunk on the otherwise untouched and remarkably intact hardwood.

Date posted: May 31, 2005 | Filed under house | 2 Comments »

2 Responses to Kitchen floor, mid demolition.

  1. Laurie says:

    I have the same “tarpaper” problem in my house I just bought and I am trying to strip the floors down to the bare wood. How did you get that stuff off? Some kind of a stripping agent? If you can give me any kind of advice, I would greatly appreciate it.


    Laurie in Lancaster, PA

  2. the idiot says:


    So far, there seems to be no good method for removing this stuff. I tried Formby’s citrus stripper, which is slightly less toxic than the pure acetone stuff, with little or no result.

    I have talked to a fellow who claims that using a handheld planer will work, which I haven’t tried yet. It seems to me the blade would gunk up with tarpaper quickly, given my experience with sanding my upstairs floors, but again, I haven’t tried it yet.

    If I find something that works, I’ll let you know. Good luck-