This Old Barn

07:31AM | 01/03/02
Member Since: 01/02/02
4 lifetime posts
I posted this to the message area but I'm also going to stick it here too!

I have a black foam type of pad under carpeting dating to the 70's. It is a lovely shade of orange! Anyway, the deal with this pad is...when it was installed it was glued around the edges of the rooms but not the entire floor. The wood floors underneath of the carpet are lovely and I don't want to refinish and lose the 100 year old patina-if I can avoid this at all. What I have been able to do is this: I pull up a corner of the carpet and remove as much of this pad as I can but a thin layer remains. I then can rub this off of the floor (with my finger) using a lot of time and patience and there is no residue left behind. So, I am HOPING that there is some sort of treatment I can do to this pad residue to get it off QUICKER! I have a staircase to do as well and the pad was glued to the steps.

ANY ADVICE is welcomed and appreciated!


10:05AM | 01/05/02
Member Since: 11/16/01
301 lifetime posts
Dear Old,
Try using a hair dryer to soften the glue. Usually I use a citrus based stripper to remove old pad, but if you want to save the finish, I wouldn't recommend that avenue. Or, try a razor scraper and do it like porcipines make love: VERY CAREFULLY!! LOL


07:20AM | 01/06/02
Member Since: 07/11/00
80 lifetime posts
You can do your job using the PEEL AWAY 7 safely and easily. I already posted a reply on the FIX EM board that had this same question.


04:55AM | 02/19/02
Member Since: 02/18/02
2 lifetime posts
I have a similar problem, but I think the carpet pad has been there longer. :-) The pad is a red color, I think it is rubber. Currently we are removing it with a putty knife, being careful not to scratch the lovely hardwood beneath. It either comes off in chunks (smallish) or crumbles into dust. It is also leaving an oily residue, which washes off.
Is there an easier way, or is elbow grease the way to go? It is stuck down the whole carpet area. I think it was from heat/sunshine or the lenght of time it was on there. Any ideas??? Anyone??


09:50AM | 02/22/02
Member Since: 02/18/02
2 lifetime posts
I figured it out - a heat gun and putty knofe work wonders and it doesn't damge the floor. There is still a bit of residue left. i am going to try cleaning it with a scrub brush and either TSP or murphy's Oil Soap (diluted of course).


10:23AM | 02/23/02
Member Since: 03/13/00
1675 lifetime posts
Consider a PLASTIC putty knife, rather than steel to help prevent damage to the floor.


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