Removing glued on carpet backing

Old 07-26-03, 01:47 PM
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Removing glued on carpet backing

I just moved into a new home and the previous owners had wall to wall carpeting installed. I can pull the carpet up easy enough. But I am then left with the padding, or backing or uderlayer that has been glued to the floor. I went to Home Depot, and they said that I would have to use a large putty knive to scrape the padding off the floor. I just spent about 3 hours doing a 3 foot square section. At this rate it will take forever.

There is nice oak flooring under the padding that I want to keep. Is there an easier way to remove this stuff off the floors??

Old 07-26-03, 08:19 PM
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Was there tackstrip around the perimeter of this installation?

It sounds like a double stick or cushionback installation.

In a stretch in installation, the padding is not fully glued, like your experiencing.

If your trying to save the floor, keep at it. You can use bigger scrapers, but they may really scratch the floor up.

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