Dana S

06:48PM | 07/29/03
Member Since: 07/28/03
1 lifetime posts
We have recently purchased an older home. We want to tear up the old carpet and refinish the wood flooring underneath. The carpet is 30 years old (at least) and the pad is adhered to the floor. It has almost turned into something of a glue/putty like substance. My question there something that would make removal of this substance any easier?

Thanks for any help!

Graham Flooring

05:31AM | 07/30/03
there are several products as far as glue removers out on the market.
But first try aqua mix (Lowe's) they make a good remover.


08:31PM | 07/30/03
Member Since: 01/26/03
542 lifetime posts
the pad may be sticking to the old wax on your hardwood floor,you might also try a wax remover...good luck


05:49AM | 08/06/03
Member Since: 07/24/03
80 lifetime posts
My experience is to sand the pad off. When you start getting into chemicals you are lowering the melting point of the glue and you might find you are filling up more sandpaper as a result. Generally pad is soft and sands off quite easily with a 36 grit paper on your drumsander.



05:57AM | 09/02/03
Member Since: 09/01/03
2 lifetime posts

I just did this job a month ago in my house. It was a really nasty.

First I scraped what I could off the floor with a cheap plastic drywall knife. Then poured boiling water on a 2 or 3 ft square area. Then scraped the pad off that area as quick as possible and soaked up the water with a rag. When most of the crap was off, I went over the floor again with acetone and fine steel wool.

The wood is obviously a mess at this point, so I'm going to sand and refinish. This is the only way I could get this crap up. NOTHING else worked. It was really slow difficult work (and I'm going to strangle the next person I meet who admits to glueing carpet pad to hardwood).

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