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Kat
Stuck on clay carpet pad

I have hardwood floors under old carpet.  When I pulled up the old carpet, I found s newer foam pad on top of 1/2” brittle clay-like substance.  Any ideas on how to remove this? I am using a heat gun and gentle scraping with a metal putty knife to protect the floor from gouging.  It’s a slow go!

HandyAndyInMtAiry
Re: Stuck on clay carpet pad

Kat,

It is doubtful that you will do very much harm to the hardwood. In some areas of the country, that was used to insulation and sound deadoning. You may use just about what ever you can find to scrape it off. One thing that you may want to try using is a commercial grade dust pan. It has a nice edge, and made of some type of heavy plastic. At the same time, you cna dump the dirt into a bag. You will want to have the hardwood sanded after you get all that cleaned up. If you skip that step, you will forever be trying to keep the floors clean, and keep that from scratching the stain of the wood. Once you get all you can removed, vacuum with a good hepa vacuum, and wash the floor with murphy's oil soap. Until you can take the time to sand it. I recommend using a U-Sander. It floats evenly on the floor. Whom ever had the idea that was good for anything is a real idiot.

Andrew

Handy Andy In Mt Airy NC

HandyAndyInMtAiry
Re: Stuck on clay carpet pad

Kat,

I meant to indicate, that is not clay. That is an old rubber type material. That over the years of foot traffic, has turned to dust and then packed down to look like clay. The people that laid the carpet that you are now removing, did not remove the old foam pad before putting down the pad and carpet that you are removing. Lazy people always make things difficult for others. If you are lucky, it will not be tacked down every few square inches.

Andrew

Handy Andy In Mt Airy NC

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