Comments (78)
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

@sarah I'd probably hire a refinishing company to take care of that. most likely the floor needs to refinished anyway.

can you share some photos with us?

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

I agree with Brian..... I'd hire a company to do the job. However, if you are a DIY and don't mind the work and mess.....

I presume you are really looking at carpet padding which is or was commonly glued to floors before putting the carpet in place. It is very time consuming and tedious but you can do it with proper tools, protection gear and materials to loosen the glue. It starts with a carpet puller. If you don't have one, you can rent one. If you can't find one - go old school and buy a carpet puller claw and a carpet peeler. If you never used them before - you should hire out the job to a company with experience.

Do not attempt to wet carpet first or it will break up in pieces and make the job even more time consuming.

Assuming you are a DIY and have the necessary equipment, remove baseboards to get at the edges of the carpet. Use a hammer and pry bar to do so. Don't forget to remove all the nails from the baseboards since you'll be reusing them once you clean them up and restore them.

Don't try to pull up the carpet all at once unless you are very strong. Best is to cut the carpet in strips - about 2-3 feet. A carpet knife works nicely here. If you don't have one, a sharp utility knife works. With smaller strips, it's easier to peal up and move the carpet for correct disposal. Start at the corner of each strip to pull it, Use the claw or pliers to grip the corner to pull. Then while pulling the strip away from the wall have someone cut through the glue/adheasive with a floor scraper while you are constantly pulling (claw or peeler). You need to work as a team to get it done. Repeat for each strip.

A machine will do it a lot quicker if you know how to use one and can rent one in your area.

Next: Once carpet is pulled - it's removal of glue time. You need to determine if the glue is water soluble or not. If it is water soluble - drench the floor with water and allow time for it to soak the glue, then scrape it off with the floor scraper.

If it's not water soluble or if you prefer to use chemical strippers, do wear the proper respirator, gloves, goggles and protective clothing. Follow the instructions of the paint strippers correctly. Another method is to use a power scraper or a floor buffer. But again, to avoid problems such as gouging the wood flooring underneath, you should be experienced before attempting this as a DIY.

However, since you are asking how to do this job, I suspect you are not experienced and would recommend you hire a company who can get it down in a day or less depending on the amount of floor preparation you are wanting to have done.

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Recently renovated a 1911 cottage. In kitchen, had 6 total layers - linoleum and linoleum tile and one layer of plywood over beautiful maple floors! Lots of work sanding and hard work getting the tile backing sanded off, but worth it! In bedroom (added in 1930), has 13' long Douglas fir in 5" wide. Idiots had glued linoleum tile over it in probably about the 50's, and in the 90's more idiots put ceramic tile with cement board over that. The ceramic was easy to get up and throw out the window, but took six hours of sanding with an edger (and special coarse sand paper made just for that) to get up the black backing of the linoleum tile. Beautiful room now! Same idiots had added brown paneling over the nice plaster walls! (later was painted) That was also a job to get off and scrape the wallpaper off - now is beautiful. People should think twice before going with the current trends of remodeling - will be considered ugly in a few years - too trendy is never good.

1 Like    

Related Stories

Bathroom Workbook 12 Ways to Get a Luxe Bathroom Look for Less
Your budget bathroom can have a high-end feel with the right tile, stone, vanity and accessories
Full Story
Feel-Good Home 10 Keys to a Well-Functioning House
Looks are important. But practical matters like layout, storage and lighting directly affect comfort
Full Story
Most Popular How to Survive a Kitchen Remodel
Washing mugs in the tub and getting hooked on Pop-Tarts. Here’s what to expect if you stay at home during construction
Full Story
Bathroom Workbook Homeowner’s Workbook: How to Remodel Your Bathroom
Create a vision, make a budget, choose your style and materials, hire the right pros and get the project done on time
Full Story
Remodeling Guides 10 Things to Do for a Smooth Renovation
A designer (and serial renovator) shares tips learned from years of working with clients and remodeling her own home
Full Story
Budgeting Your Project How to Stick to Your Remodeling Goals
Avoid getting lost in the sea of remodeling decisions by using these 5 steps as an anchor
Full Story
Most Popular Your Guide to a Smooth-Running Construction Project
Find out how to save time, money and your sanity when building new or remodeling
Full Story
Decorating Guides Key Measurements to Help You Design the Perfect Home Office
Fit all your work surfaces, equipment and storage with comfortable clearances by keeping these dimensions in mind
Full Story
Most Popular 5 Trade-Offs to Consider When Remodeling Your Kitchen
A kitchen designer asks big-picture questions to help you decide where to invest and where to compromise in your remodel
Full Story
Kitchen Workbook 8 Steps to Surviving a Kitchen Remodel
Living through a kitchen remodel isn’t always fun, but these steps will help you work around a kitchen in disarray
Full Story