Removing Stubborn Carpet Adhesive?

When replacing carpet with a hard or resilient flooring you will need to remove the old adhesive. This can sometimes prove to be a daunting job. Boiling water or Goof Off and a scraper may do the trick. This is a page about removing stubborn carpet adhesive.


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We are installing hardwood and removed the carpet only to find an adhesive that is impossible to remove. We have tried everything but it's like concrete.

It will chip some in places and will not bulge in other places. Can we install the hardwood over this? What can we do to try and remove the glue?


April 24, 20170 found this helpful
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My friend just did this at his house a few months ago. He used boiling water repeatedly with a scraper. It took a lot of work.

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April 25, 20170 found this helpful
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Thanks a bushel!! We tried that to no avail. We finally used Goof Off Adhesvise and that did do the trick with about 2 applications,but with a lot of hard elbow grease. I appreciate all of the replies!!

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April 24, 20170 found this helpful

You can soften the adhesive with boiling water or a blow dryer

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