How to Remove Outdoor Carpet Glue From Carpet
Most outdoor carpet glues are so effective that they continue to adhere to the ground even after the carpet is gone. At this point, its purpose served, it's nothing more than an eyesore that can mar the look of the floor. Removing residual carpet glue is an easy task with the right materials and a little effort. There are several proven methods that can successfully remove stubborn carpet glue.
Make a mixture of equal parts warm water and vinegar and add two teaspoons of dish soap and put it into a spray bottle. Saturate the residual glue and allow it to sit for 10 minutes. Use a scraper to scrape away the now softened glue.
Place a half pound of dry ice on a metal tray and set it on the glue. Let it sit for about a minute and then move it to the next area. Scrape the newly frozen area with a scraper and keep moving the tray and scraping until all of the glue is gone.
Spray the adhesive with WD-40 and allow it to soak for about five minutes. The glue should come up easily when scraped with a scraper.
Scrape away as much glue as possible with a scraper and sweep away the residual with a broom or vacuum it up. Use a sander with 40-grit paper to remove the rest of it.
Use a heat gun or a hair dryer on the hot setting to heat the glue to where it is pliable enough to scrape away with a scraper.
- Wear gloves when handling dry ice.
Melynda Sorrels spent 10 years in the military working in different capacities of the medical field, including dental assisting, health services administration, decontamination and urgent medical care. Awarded the National Guardsman’s Medal for Lifesaving efforts in 2002, Sorrels was also a nominee for a Red Cross Award and a certified EMT-B for four years.