Removing Carpet Glue from Concrete Slab

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Topic by JoShmoe posted 01-18-2013 07:30 PM 108230 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-18-2013 07:30 PM

Topic tags/keywords: concrete glue carpet cleaning removing grinding slab basement

My basement has a concrete slab that used to have carpet glued to it. We had the carpet pulled up when we moved in due to water retention.

The basement is finished (other than the floor) and we would like to finish the floor with either tile or using a stain and sealer for concrete. I’m personally leaning towards the stain and sealer because it’s much cheaper than tile. However, in order to do so, I need to clean it really well.

Does anyone have suggestions on how to get the glue off? Anyone have any success using the acid formulated for cleaning concrete to remove it? Or do I need to hire someone to grind it down?


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01-19-2013 04:08 PM

Use an adhesive remover/stripper. Should be available at a big box store or a flooring outlet that sells installation supplies.
If you want to stain and seal it, you may need someone to come in and diamond grind it to get it smooth and remove all surface impurities. This will ensure an penetration of the chemical stain and good adhesion of the sealer. They may also be able to shot blast it if you want a rougher texture.

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01-21-2013 03:09 PM

Thanks GaryL,

I guess I’ll have to test out the adhesive remover / stripper and see what shape the floor is really in under the glue.

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03-21-2013 12:21 PM

Thank you RyanOelkers! This project is on hold at the moment but I will definitely give your suggestion of boiling water a try… going to be a bit tough to get the water downstairs but we’ll figure it out!

I’ll let you guys know how it works out once I’m able to get to it.

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03-22-2013 07:54 PM

The hot water did not work for me. A property that I own, had indoor outdoor carpeting on the concrete floor of the car patio and on the steps going into the residence. hot water basically did nothing but make the adhesive more flexible and sticky. I ended up taking a garden hoe, straightening the tongue of the hoe so the the blade was parallel to the handle and sharpened it to scarey sharp and peeled as much of the adhesive off with the tool alone. then soaked with adhesive remover and covered with clear plastic so it would not dry out, let it set for two hours. then use the hoe again, it took 75 % up then did another coat and finished it. Not, a fun job.

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03-30-2013 07:03 AM

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).

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08-24-2013 11:38 AM

Hi never use adhesive removers or solvents to remove contaminants from porous concrete. These materials can carry contaminants into the pores of the concrete, which will later migrate back to the surface resulting in a floor covering bond failure

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11-21-2014 07:11 AM

Some of the comments for carpet and glue removal are really quite helpful! Would be good to hear from the OP how things went though! I’m also curious to find out whether boiling water helped at all in moving all the gunk and grime off the concrete – anything for a cheap fix eh? Haha! But in all honesty, I’d really like to get a good idea of how things worked out so that I can save a bit of effort rather than heading straight to grinding eveyrthing down!

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05-02-2018 12:54 PM

Hello, You can try using hot water, amonia, liquid detergent, and a heavy duty scrubber to remove the carpet glue.
Add the amonia and liquid detergent to the hot water then use the scrubber to scrub the carpet glue. For safety purposes please use rubber gloves.

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04-29-2019 05:42 AM

I have used various solvents before to remove different forms of adhesives but most often than not, they do not get completely removed. Thus, I’d strongly encourage you to opt for the sand/grind process which would produce a much smoother layer.

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09-22-2020 05:49 AM

The absorbent characteristics of carpet padding can often cause problems, more frequently in humid environments. This contributes to the growth of mold and mildew. Once your carpets are removed, you won’t have to worry about mold and mildew causing problems.

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