How do I best take up carpet & remove glue from concrete floor [duplicate]

Like DIY Doc said -- avoid solvents -- at best they'll just soften the adhesive and make a bigger mess. This requires mechanical removal - scraping or grinding.

If the original carpet was installed with padding under it, you probably have snail trails of a rubbery glue zig-zagging around the room. If the carpet was applied directly to the concrete, it's probably a hard mastic-like adhesive (sort of a yellowish-off-white color).

For the rubbery stuff you'll need a scraper with a thin, replaceable, razor-like blade. These come in both a short handled version you use on your hands and knees, and a long handled version you use standing up. The short handled version has a thinner, sharper blade and does a more thorough removal. But the long handled version is a lot easier on your body. You can also use a disc sander with a coarse grit sand paper - but you'll go through a lot of sand paper this way. FYI- the short handled scraper usually comes with spare blades stashed inside the...

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Hey thunder,

Thanks for your question and welcome to the community!

I can understand you not wanting to scrape or sand off the glue from the concrete, but you will encounter a small amount of scraping using solvents. Since the glue has to come off, physically taking it off with a chemical-resistant scraper will be your best bet with a semi-paste stripper.

Shown below, you simply apply this stripper with a paint brush down on the glue and let it set for 30 minutes. Afterwards, use a scraper and you can easily take off the glue. You can use wiping cloths or rags to remove any excessive amounts of the stripper/glue. Use good ventilation and knee pads when removing the glue.

While I realize you didn't want to scrape off the glue, using the stripping gel will significantly reduce the task of removing the glue. All you are doing is taking off the now dissolved glue alongside the stripping gel. Believe me, using a stripping agent alongside the scraper...

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Carpets have been a common floor covering for a long time due to their easy maintenance and comfort. However, more and more homeowners are ripping up their old carpets in favor of the underlying wood or concrete. This may be particularly problematic when dealing with old carpet glue.

Using solvents generally leaves a bigger mess and may harm the floor. Thankfully, there are methods for removing the glue with minimal risk and expense.

A Warning About Asbestos

Prior to the 1990s, cut-back and mastic adhesives were both frequently mixed using asbestos. This substance has serious health consequences when inhaled. Be sure to test any older adhesives before attempting to scrape or chip, as this could release particles into the air.

Removing Carpet Glue from Concrete

Concrete floors are becoming increasingly popular, but glue remnants from your old carpet can leave a sticky, dirty mess which will prevent you from painting or fully enjoying the exposed...

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Often when you are thinking of changing the look of your room, the first thing in your mind is to change the old carpet or to remove it. Removing carpet from concrete is easy but the glue which joins those remains. It is very difficult to get rid of the remaining glue even with most scrapping tools but there is one way which is not only easy but costs less as well. The following method is also eco-friendly and there are not much things you need in order to carry out this procedure.

Leaving the glue un-tackled may result in dust sticking on them, making it more difficult to remove or maintain. There are several chemicals which help remove the glue from concrete. However, the chemicals may damage your health and environment. So, the best way to remove the carpet glue is by using hot water.

Things Required:

– Scraper (spackling tool, garden hoe or heavy-duty blade scraper)
– Push broom
– Pot (for boiling water)
– Water
– Pot holder

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You need to be a bit more specific. If you are talking about an adhesive type tape, (duct, binding, or strapping tape), there are several commercial solvents available that

…will remove any residual glue. (Goop, Goo Gone, etc) If you are referring to the thermoplastic seam tape designed to hold sections of carpet together then no there is no solvent that will dissolve the adhesive. A professional will try one (or more) of three methods to remove seam tape residue. 1) Heating the glue will bring it back to a liquid state you can then try to wick it into a soft cloth or series of paper towels 2)Cut out the section of carpet & replace it with a patch 3)With a razor knife scrape the glue carefully from the carpet fibers Note that all three of these methods carry risks to both you & the carpet you're working on. Unless you know what you're doing call a professional. You're much better off hiring someone to do a small repair rather than paying to replace an entire room of...
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It is very hard to remove carpet glue from concrete even with the most advanced stripping agents. However, there is one method that is not only easy to use, but is eco-friendly and inexpensive as well. There have been a lot of talks regarding the negative effects of toxic chemical strippers lately. When these chemicals are applied onto glued surfaces, they emit toxic fumes that are hazardous to your health and to the environment. Although there are indeed eco-friendly, soy-based products that promise to dissolve carpet glue without the toxic effects, these products cost money and need to be applied several times before they get the glue off the concrete surface. Here are some alternative methods to get carpet glue off of concrete that will protect your health and your wallet.

Step 1 – Scraping the Carpet Glue

Remove as much of the carpet glue as possible by scraping it using a razor blade scraper. The scraper can easily remove big chunks of the glue, which helps get...

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I love to hear old-timers tell stories. At a JLC Live stair building seminar taught by Jed Dixon, I talked with Jed and Don Jackson (editor of JLC) about installing skirt boards and how I was taught to install the treads and risers first, and then scribe the skirts over the top of them.

Don told me that they had a guy who taught that method in one of their Live events. Pre-built stairs were set up on stage with the treads and risers butting against the drywall on the closed side. The instructor told the audience that he was going to scribe the skirt over the in-place stairs.

During one of the sessions, an audience member raised his hand and said: “I’m sure it can be done, but for the time it’s going to take, and with the fit you’re going to end up with, it’s much better to install the skirt first!”

The instructor then asked the fellow if he had a $20 bill. The guy pulled one out of his wallet and the instructor pulled one out of his wallet. The instructor then...

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