Carpet Pad Adhesive Type Identification and Removal

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How to Remove Carpet, Adhesives, and Padding

When you find hardwood floors under your old carpet, you would probably want to remove the carpet and let the natural beauty of a hardwood floor stand out, or you may just want to replace it with another type or color of carpet. Though a lot of people prefer to hire professional help, you can save a lot of money by just doing the job yourself.

When removing carpet from hardwood floors, it is first important to find out how it was originally attached. It may be attached by adhesive or it may be attached by nails and/or tack strips. The steps you will take and the tools you will need will depend on the answer to that question.

See this helpful video below on "How to Remove Carpet from Hardwood Flooring"

How to Remove Carpet Adhesive

When carpet is attached to hardwood floors by adhesive, you must first find out the type of adhesive that was used. If it is a dark brown or a tan adhesive, then it is...

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Adding a new tile floor to a home completely revamps the look of the area, but laying new tile involves a lot of preparation to ensure a safe and long-lasting installation. The key to tile floor installations is proper subfloor cleaning; any contaminants on the subfloor can ruin the way the adhesive bonds, leaving your tile floor bumpy and unsafe. Tile cannot be installed over carpet, and all adhesive from the carpet must be removed before you can begin tiling.

Removing Carpet Pad

Many times, carpet pad is held in place with staples, which must all be pulled out of the subfloor with pliers. However, at times the padding will be held in place by adhesive. In normal carpet installations, the tack strips that hold the carpet in place will also be held down by adhesive. Even when you remove all of the carpet padding and the tack strips — generally with a pry bar and hammer used to force all of the materials off -- the residual adhesive will remain, and this must be...

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If you want to use and enjoy the hardwood flooring under your carpet, it’s critical to discover how to remove carpet glue from hardwood floors.

What Type Of Adhesive Is It?

To remove carpet glue, the first thing that you want to know is what type of adhesive you have. If the glue looks tan or dark brown, it probably has a tar base. You can apply regular mineral spirits to this kind of adhesive, but beforehand, test the mineral spirits on a hidden corner of the floor. If another glue has a yellow appearance, it’s most likely a standard type of carpet glue. Although there are standard glue removers, there is a safer removal technique below.

Safer Removal Technique

Before you remove standard carpet glue, it’s important to soften it by warming it up. For hardwood flooring, use a heat gun. Once it’s softened, the glue should scrape right off. A flat plastic scraper is recommended to avoid harming the wood. With this technique, you do not have to...

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Last Updated: Friday, September 7th, 2012, Created: Monday, September 22nd, 2008

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Carpet or tile adhesive can seem almost impossible to remove from a concrete or wooden floor, especially when it has been there for a long time. If you try sanding, it will heat up and clog up the sandpaper. If you wire brush it with a wire wheel on your drill, again if you let it heat up, it will just clog up the wire brush. A heat gun can soften most adhesives and allow for some degree of scraping, but it is slow as concrete below will be quite cold and will draw the heat away from the adhesive and bare wood below can just get blacker with melted adhesive. The good news is that most of these adhesives can be softened up by using their original solvent.

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Before you go onto the hard way to do this that I explain below -- there is an update on new products to help out. SurfPro from...

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Carpet adhesive remover is toxic, read the instructions. There are a couple of solvents that are less toxic. I have a couple of choices for you if the old carpet glue is too thick and it has to be removed.

After removing the carpet, if the glue is hard enough I would scrape off the high spots with a long handled floor scraper. Some straight bladed landscaping edgers can be sharpened that will work fine. The “Big Mutt” is a forged scraper perfect for the job that sells for about $25. Scraping may leave some residue but the floating floor will not mind. Laminate floors require a padding that helps absorb some of the flaws in a floor. Remember to wear quality particle masks when scraping old flooring.

If the carpet glue is too gummy, you have to use a carpet adhesive remover. One product, Adhesive Remover, will soften the old glue so you can scrape it up like stripping paint. It is applied thick like paint stripper and left for 15 to 20 minutes to soften the old...

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Do I Need Carpet Removal Services?

If you are installing or restoring flooring in a room that is currently carpeted, the existing carpet, pad, adhesives, and hardware must be removed in order to prepare the surface for new materials or finishes. Removing carpet can disturb trapped dirt and dust, and may require heavy lifting and making special disposal arrangements. A contractor can completely remove and dispose of old carpeting with minimal mess and disruption.

What Are the Benefits of Carpet Removal Services?

Removing carpet helps improve the comfort and appearance of your home as part of a new flooring installation or the restoration of antique floors. Discarding old carpet materials can eliminate a number of odors, irritants and allergens from your home that are trapped among fibers and disturbed during removal. A professional can remove your carpeting efficiently, and arrange for proper disposal of waste materials.

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The Dangers of Mold

Molds produce allergens, which are substances that can cause allergic reactions, as well as irritants and, in some cases, potentially toxic substances known as mycotoxins. Inhaling or touching mold or mold spores may cause allergic reactions in sensitive individuals. Allergic responses include hay fever-type symptoms, such as sneezing, runny nose, red eyes, and skin rash (dermatitis). Allergic reactions to mold are common. They can be immediate or delayed. Molds can also cause asthma attacks in people with asthma who are allergic to mold. In addition, mold exposure can irritate the eyes, skin, nose, throat and lungs of both mold-allergic and non-allergic people. Symptoms other than the allergic and irritant types are not commonly reported as a result of inhaling mold, but can also occur.

Carpet at Risk

Carpeting is an area of the home that can be at high risk for mold growth. In order...

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A natural fiber, which is produced from living plants or animals:

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