Pull the carpet from the floor. Begin in a corner and pull back about 5 feet of carpeting. Not all of the rubber backing will come up with the carpet.
Scrape the rubber backing and adhesive residue from the floor using a floor scraper held at a 45-degree angle. For corners and other hard-to-reach areas, use a putty knife.
Sweep and vacuum the entire floor. Note any remaining pieces of rubber and scrape them up with a razor scraper. Your floor is now ready to be washed and recovered.
Things You Will Need
- Utility knife
- Floor scraper
- Putty knife
- Dust mask
- Razor scraper
- Some rental centers offer an electric floor scraper, which will help if the rubber backing is tightly adhered to the floor. When removing the carpet, work your way along the first wall, cutting the carpet into 4-foot strips. Roll the strips and secure them with tape or twine to make their removal more manageable.