Removing Glued Down Commercial Carpet

Kimberly Sharpe

Businesses often glue carpet directly to the flooring to reduce the ripple effect that carpet can suffer that is not glued down. Over time heavy traffic will cause carpet to become loose, saggy and suffer creases if it is under constant daily commercial traffic abuse.

Commerical carpet is glued down to the floor to keep it from rippling over time.

Commercial businesses that have wheeled traffic from hand trucks, wheel chairs or other devices tend to always elect to have their carpet glued directly to the floors surface. Removal of glued carpeting carpeting can prove physically challenging.

  1. Tear up a corner of the carpet and pull backward. Lift it up from the glued floor surface. Cut the carpet into manageable strips using a utility knife.

  2. Jab a floor scraper under the carpeting to lift and pry the carpeting from the glue. Work at it an inch at a time, jabbing, pulling and cutting the carpet into manageable pieces.

  3. Scrape the entire floor using the floor scraper once the carpet is removed and gone to pull up the carpet adhesive. Vacuum up any carpet glue that is small and loose using a shop vacuum.

  4. Spray the carpet adhesive using a biodegradable, soy-based, adhesive or mastic remover. Allow the substance to sit on the floor's surface for 20 minutes.

  5. Scrap the carpet glue from the floors surface using the floor scraper. Dispose of the adhesive pieces.

  6. Wash the entire floor using a gallon of water with two or three squirts of dish soap. Squeegee the entire floor. Allow to dry for a few days before laying new carpeting.

  7. Warning

    Do not use paint remover, acetone or xylene to remove glued down commercial carpet because the substances are highly flammable and produce toxic fumes.