Carpet pad removal from hardwood floors?

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Old 06-18-15, 01:06 PM
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Carpet pad removal from hardwood floors?

I just bought a house and found out that it has hardwood floors throughout the place. I want to rip all the carpet out and refinish the wood floors. The problem I have ran into is that the old carpet pad seems to have melted into the wood floors. What can I use to get this up?
 
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I'd suggest mineral spirits, a scraper and elbow grease. Good ventilation also required.
 
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I'd scrape off what I could and then sand. IMO while mineral spirits might help some it wouldn't be worth the trouble.
 
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Plan A: DO NOT go for solvents or strippers first. Start with a sharpened flat hoe or scraper to mechanically remove as much as possible. Then sand. The more backing that remains the more coarse grit you'll probably need. I find it easier to spend the sweat to scrape as much as possible then the sanding can work without clogging so bad.

Only as a last resort do I go so solvents and strippers. Solvents can soften the pad and/or adhesive but what remains of that soft adhesive can be a curse when you try to sand the floors by gumming up your sanding pads/belts. Sometimes it's needed but I save it as plan B because once you put the solvent on and the goo is softened you're stuck dealing with it.
 
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Some installers will glue the padding in spots to keep it from shifting. When you try to remove it will look like it melted but in reality the glue caused it to melt and bond with the floor. Its sad if they glued padding to hardwood floors as it makes things a little messy.
 
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Is the pad hard? For a number of year they sold what was called "bubble rubber" pad. It actually had a clay base and changed back to clay over time. Scraping and then sanding is the only way I know to remove it all.
 
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sam, that's exactly what it sounds like. Thanks.
 
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OK, I just assumed this was a glued down pad and that's why I suggested the mineral spirits. If no glue, then no need for the solvent.
 
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