11:45AM | 07/06/01
Member Since: 07/05/01
7 lifetime posts
We have lifted a foam backed carpet from the original hardwood floors and most of the foam remains stuck on the floor. We can see that in the areas where the foam did come off, that the floor is in beautiful shape and was probably protected by carpet its entire life of 38 years. We have tried to lightly scrap the foam off however it doesn't come off easily without scatching the floor. In addition it looks like there may be spots of glue used to hold the carpet in place. We are trying to avoid having the floors refinished at this point in time so can you tell us if there is a product on the market that we can use to remove this foam or do we have no choice but to sand and refinish it now?

[This message has been edited by WaltWasz (edited July 06, 2001).]


04:32AM | 07/07/01
Member Since: 09/01/00
312 lifetime posts
You shouldn't have to refinish the floor now,however,you will need to invest some time in removing the foam and glue.Try using any soft rubber scraping tools (even a spatula for teflon)to remove the foam.As a psychological aid you may want to work in 3'by 3'sections at a time.Once you remove the foam from an area you should be able to remove the glue with mineral spirits on a cloth.If too much glue was used,you may need to work at removing the bulk before using the mineral spirits.Don't allow the mineral spirits to remain on the floor,use it only to wipe the glue.Should you have to get aggressive and scratch the finish during removal,I think you'll be able to repair these scratches with steel wool or a coat of clear finish when all is done.Patience will pay off in the end.


05:07PM | 07/07/01
Member Since: 07/11/00
80 lifetime posts
You can easily remove the glue and foam backing with the PEEL AWAY 5 product and it will keep the natural color of the wood floor. It is easy and safe to do
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