Carpeting the basement floor

Old 03-08-01, 11:38 AM
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Our existing concrete basement floor has a thin, very tightly woven industrial carpet glued on it now. The carpet we are proposing to install now is an industrial rubber-backed carpet. Should we remove the existing carpet, or can we lay the new carpet directly on the old one? Our basement is very dry. Our concern is whether condensation & possibly rotting might occur between the two carpets. Any comments or suggestions? Thanks in advance.
Old 03-08-01, 09:35 PM
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You need to get the old carpet up unless you are going to loose lay the new carpet.

The flooring supply house should have some stuff called "detach" or "panda" or "fast strip".

You dilute it with water and spray or mop it on the glued down carpet and let it soak it for about 30 minutes(read the instructions) it will release the glue. Then with a razor scraper scrape all the old remaining glue and glue residue up then mop with water several times and let it dry before gluing the foam back down.

One note of caution, remember to precut the carpet into
managable sizes prior to application. Managable sizes while wet, as the carpet you will be removing will be soaked.

Good luck!

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