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How To Remove Carpet Glue From Wood Floor

Detaching your old carpet from the floor can be tough and getting the glue off the wood is no child’s play either. Wood floorings are beautiful, they give your home an extra classic outlook. You can leave your wood floor bare after getting the old carpet off. This is why understanding how to go about removing the glue from your wood floor is necessary. 

There are several ways to remove carpet glue from the wood floor. For instance, you can use the ice removal method. You will learn how ice, warmth, and solvent will help eliminate the carpet glue more easily, leaving your wood flooring with good finishing.

Ways To Eliminating Carpet Glue From Hardwood Flooring

Method 1. Use of Ice

The use of dry ice is one fast method to remove stuck glue from your plank. For this, you will require a pack of ice, a vacuum, a pan, a scraper, and your rubber gloves. Also, this method is a good preference for your linoleum floors or vinyl tiles. 

Follow The Steps Below

Step 1. Get fully kitted with your protective wear. That is gloves for hands, goggles for eyes, and a mask for the face. 

Step 2. Establish a good airing of the room by opening room doors and windows.

Step 3. Place many small chunks of ice on a receiver (your pan).

Step 4. Place the receiver on sections with stuck carpet glue.

Step 5. Leave-in position for a minimum of ten minutes. The glue will frail and become easy to scrape.

Step 6. Scrap out frail glue from your floor.

When you are done, go ahead to vacuum residues away. In the absence of dry ice, water ice works the same. 

Method 2. Use of Heat

Say the cool ice is just too soft for that hardened glue, the heat of your heat gun releases should do the job. Heat breaks the glue bond by softening it, thus making it come off with little effort.

For the use of heat, you would require a heat gun or your blow dryer, scraper, a rag or wipe, and a disposable bag.

Follow The Steps Below

Step 1. Position your heat source not less than one foot from the adherent carpet glue.

Step 2. Turn on your heat source and use it to soften stuck glue.

Step 3. Remove melted glue with your scraper and wipe clean with your rag.

Step 4. Repeat process till satisfied.

Having done this, sweep the wood and clear left debris. In the absence of a heat source, pour hot water into an aluminum pan and place it on carpet glue. Leave for some minutes, It will work the same.

Method 3. Use an abrasive

All right, so you’ve attempted the cold method and the heat method but stubborn old glue just won’t let go of your cherished wood flooring. Then it is time for some grit. However, this had to be carefully done so as not to dent your wood.

You would be needing your sandpaper of fine, medium, and coarse grit, your protective gear (gloves and goggles), and a wipe cloth.

Follow The Steps Below

Step 1. Don your gloves and your goggles.

Step 2. Brush off the adhesive with your sandpaper. Start with the coarse grit then switch to the fine grit when close to the wood. Do this gently.

Step 3. Sweep room and clear out residues.

Step 4. Wipe wood flooring with a damp cloth.

This method can also be beneficial for removing stains from your linoleum, vinyl, or hardwood flooring.

Method 4. Use a solvent

Done the cold, hot, and sanding method to no avail, get the solvents involved. Solvents liquefy the glue causing it to come off easier. They come in different products, brands, sizes, and costs. You will need to choose your solvent based on the glue type used.

Though this method is the easiest of the three, it comes with the danger of discoloring the wood. Also, before using a solvent ensure the room is airy.

Follow The Steps Below

Step 1. Find out the type of carpet glue that was used. Usually, a brown color denotes the glue is tar-based while a yellow coloration denotes it’s a general glue type.

Step 2. Choose a suitable solvent for the glue type. An orange oil-based solvent goes well with the general carpet adhesive while the mineral spirits better on the tar-based adhesives.

Step 3. Strictly follow manufacturer instructions and carefully apply solvent on stuck glue. Give the solvent the required time to work.

Step 4. Use a blunt scraper to scrape off softened glue. Avoid sharps so you won’t dent your wood.

Step 5. Wet cloth in the solvent and use to wipe any residing glue. 

Step 6. Follow the solvent’s label instructions on how to detoxify the area. However, you could clean the area with detergent or vinegar but ensure to wipe dry properly. 

Step 7. Allow the floor to completely dry for a full day using atmospheric air before any further refurbishing. This is to avoid moisture from being locked in the wood.

Other Available Solvents 

Paint remover: This works well but can cause damage to the wood.

Methylated Spirit: This is effective for hardened glue but can be destructive to the wood.

Vegetable Oil: Good on general adhesives but can leave wood tinted.

How to use white vinegar to remove adhesive

White vinegar is a mildly acidic feel substance with the ability to take out alkaline base substances like a carpet adhesive.

Follow The Steps Below

Step 1. Divide vinegar into two parts and dilute a portion with hot water.

Step 2. Apply dilute vinegar mix on carpet glue and allow it some time to act on the glue. The vinegar mix loosens adhesive bonds causing them to soften up.

Step 3. Brush the floor. This will eliminate the remains of glue.

Step 4. Wash off vinegar remains from wood with soap and water and keep wood dry.

 An old carpet glue may prove difficult to eliminate but it is not impossible. We hope these tips help you get your wood glue-free.