Removing a Paper Bag Floor



Measuring tape

Black marker

Brush with a large bristle size!!-!! The remover for polyurethane!!-!! Scraper with a wide blade!!-!! Mop

Belt sander

When working with polyurethane stripper, always be sure to use protective gear and gloves made of rubber.

When applying polyurethane stripper, make sure the space has enough ventilation. Put on a respirator if you are unable to effectively ventilate the area.

Insulating floor finishes made of brown paper bags are both affordable and aesthetically pleasing. The procedure is basically decoupage, and it involves laying pieces of shredded brown paper that have been covered with white glue that has been diluted with water on top of a floor that has been prepared, and then covering the floor with polyurethane after it has dried. The end product looks like leather with a brown finish. Brown paper bag flooring has the benefit of being able to have new flooring installed directly on top of it, which is one of its advantages. On the other hand, stripping the floor is an option if it has bubbles that make it uneven or if you just want to return to the previous concrete or wood flooring.


Sweep to remove any dirt and debris that has become loose.

The dimensions don’t have to be perfect, but the floor should be sectioned up into squares that are 4 feet by 4 feet. Use a black marker to denote the boundaries of each of the parts.

Using a broad paintbrush, apply a generous layer of polyurethane stripper to a piece of the floor that is located in one of the corners. The stripper should be allowed to rest for half an hour.

  1. Start at one edge of the treated area and scrape the whole area. If the paper has not become more pliable after an hour, continue to let the stripper sit. After the paper has been removed, go on to the next piece and apply the stripper.

  2. After scraping the floor, rinse it with a damp mop, and then allow it to dry completely overnight.

  3. To remove any traces of paper and glue that may still be on the floor, sand it down with a belt sander.

  4. Scrape the treated area, starting from one edge. If the paper has not softened, allow the stripper sit for another hour. Once the paper is scraped away, apply stripper to the next section.

  5. Rinse the scraped floor with a wet mop and allow it to dry overnight.

  6. Sand the floor with a belt sander to remove any remaining paper and glue residue.