How to Remove Adhesive from Carpet: Do´s and Dont´s How to Remove Adhesive from Carpet: Do´s and Dont´s

What You'll Need
Paper towels
Warm water
White vinegar
Sharp scissors
Small knife
Adhesive remover (optional)

It’s very important to know how to remove adhesive from carpets since there are instances when adhesives can cause a lot of problems. They can leave marks on the carpet, damage the surface and even become irritating because of their texture. There are several reasons why adhesives get into the carpet. It may be accidental or a simple part of a child’s play. Regardless of the reason, adhesives should be removed instantly to avoid further damages. In removing the adhesives, it is necessary to have a set of guidelines as well as dos and don’ts to make sure that everything goes well.

There several ways in removing adhesives. Depending on the materials used, the procedures may also vary. The subsequent parts discuss the different ways of removing adhesive with different materials. The discussion is divided into three.

Simple Adhesive Removal with Paper Towel

Step 1: Removing Excess Adhesive

  • Do: Any excess adhesive such as glue should be removed right way. This step applies when the adhesive has just come in contact with the carpet.
  • Don’t: This step should not be applied when the adhesive has hardened or has been in contact with the carpet for a period of time.

Step 2: Use Paper Towels

  • Do: While the adhesive is still wet, use a paper towel to blot it. The focus of this step is to get the adhesive from the fabric of the carpet.
  • Don’t: Do not forcefully pull on hardened adhesive.

Step 3: White Vinegar Application

The area where the adhesive came in contact with should be scrub with cloth soaked in white vinegar.

Step 4: Warm Water

Put sufficient amount of warm water over the area and let the fabric soak for some time. If necessary, step 3 should be repeated.

Step 5: Removing Dried Adhesive

The dried adhesive can be removed using scissors or an adhesive remover.

Adhesive Removal with Remover

Step 1: Testing Adhesive Remover

  • Do: Test the adhesive remover first in small part of the flooring. This will help determine whether or not the adhesive remover is fit for the flooring. The remover can also be tested in a similar material. In order to avoid damaging any part of the flooring, it’s better to just buy a portion of the similar material and then try the remover on it.
  • Don’t: Apply the adhesive remover directly on the flooring without prior testing.

If the material is undamaged, the adhesive remover can now be used.

Step 2: Adhesive Remover Application

There should be proper ventilation in the room. It is best to place a fan near the area where the adhesive is to be removed. Using rubber gloves, dip a sponge or a paintbrush to apply the adhesive remover. Follow the instructions indicated in the package of the adhesive remover.

Step 3: Letting the Solution Set

Wait for the adhesive remover solution to set. The adhesive on the carpet should soften over time. It should also be noted that adhesives turn sticky once an adhesive remover is applied.

Step 4: Scrape Off Adhesive

Using knife or paper towel, remove the softened adhesive from the carpet. Make sure to remove all residue on the fabric.

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