How To Remove Glued Down Carpet From Concrete Floor: Easy Step By Step Guide To Get Rid Of Glued Down Carpet

Easy Step By Step Guide To Get Rid Of Glued Down Carpet From Concrete Floor

  1. Scrape The Concrete Glue: Firstly, remove as much of the concrete glue as you possibly can, with the help of a scraper having a sharp razor edge. Scraping off the concrete glue will need some elbow grease. Most of the time, you can get rid of all the concrete glue from the surface using this step alone. If this is not the case, then you will need to clean the glue chunks by brushing away dirt or litter and then move onto the next step.
  2. Apply Boiling Water: Entirely dependent on the particular glue used and its age, you simply need to boil a pot of water before spreading it to the dry glue to loosen it up. If you still find a substantial amount of glue covering the concrete, then use a large pot in order to make sure that you have enough water. Let the hot water mix with the glue for nearly 1-2 minutes. To begin with, we highly recommend using boiling water, due to the fact that it is an affordable option and doesn’t have any toxins. However, be extra cautious not to splash any onto yourself, otherwise, it could cause severe burns. Soften the pan to the floor before slowly pouring it out.
  3. Scrub The Loosened Glue: Now, it is time to scrub the moistened glue off with the help of a concrete floor scrubber or keep using the scraper. Apply more water and continue, as necessary.
  4. Apply Glue Remover: If you are not able to get rid of all the dry glue with hot water, then go with a heavy-duty glue remover or mastic remover. Adhesive removers will chemically help soften the glue, however, they can be dangerous, therefore, you need to have plenty of ventilation and make sure to go through all product labels carefully, including directions, cautions, as well as warnings. With the help of the scraper or stiff straw scrubbing brush, keep getting rid of the excess glue debris.
  5. Sand The Floor: As soon as you have removed the glue from the surface, make sure that you have also removed it from the openings of the concrete. If you still find glue in the concrete openings, then acid stain cannot go into or through it. Therefore, it is important to sand the floor, if you have a floor sander or a floor buffing machine with a sanding disk. With the help of an aggressive grit, get rid of the bulk of the glue and then move to the finer grit in order to finalize the sanding across the floor. Take the utmost care not to go with excessive sanding as you could sand deeper than needed and most probably will expose the aggregate. Additionally, you need to remember that sanding the concrete will make it more porous as well as will absorb more acid stain and sealer.
  6. Troubleshoot: If you are still having trouble getting rid of the glue, you will need to keep troubleshooting. You can use a heat gun in order to soften the glue. If a heat gun is not available, then you can also try getting rid of the glue using an iron. Be extra cautious when using iron and cover the glue on the floor with the help of a thin towel. Finally, if there are still glue marks remaining at this point, then apply a highlight coat, scored pattern, multiple color schemes, or mixing and using watercolor paints betwixt the coats of sealer, to mask the residue.
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