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removing glued carpet

A previous owner glued carpet to the concrete basement floor of my house with some seriously strong glue. I really want to remove this. Any suggestions?

Re: removing glued carpet

After trying many different chemicals and cleaners and even after trying to use a heavy duty sander that I had to rent from a machine rental place, I came to the conclusion that it was going to be impossible to remove the carpet glue from my floor. But I was wrong. My neighbour came over with what looks like a hoe but it is really a flat scraper. She told me to boil some water and throw it on the floor. After letting it sit there for a few minutes, under the hot boiling water, say, 5 or 10 minutes, the glue becomes softer and more pliable....and only then, one is able to scrape it off. Unbelievable! No chemical would remove it....no machine would remove it but hot water did the trick!

Re: removing glued carpet

It's worth a try. Thanks.

A. Spruce
Re: removing glued carpet

If it's as stuck as you say, then a vinyl stripping machine may be in order. To go along with that, the spud the previous poster mentioned as well as hand floor scrapers.

My carpet installer frequently talked about a carpet pulling machine used to remove commercial floor coverings. I never saw him use it. I would imagine that either a rental yard or a flooring supplier to contractors would have or know where to rent such a beast.

I would be cautious about using boiling water, particularly if you're working over a wood subfloor. If on concrete, not so much of a problem, but you're still going to want to use care not to get it soaking against drywall or woodwork, even if it is only for a few minutes.

Re: removing glued carpet

I remove glue on my carpet once and I scrub the area gently with a piece of cloth dipped in white vinegar. It will work!

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