My parents have a 9-foot-by-12-foot area rug, which is
in excellent condition, in their bedroom.
the rug is green foam-rubber padding that has become as
hard as a rock over the years and has stuck to the
hardwood flooring like paint.
have tried a plastic scraper with no luck. I used a
2-inch-wide metal scraper that removes the rubber but is
have not scratched or marred the hardwood flooring. Is
there an easier method?
As strange as it seems, when I received your question, I
took a look under our living room rug to check the
condition of the padding there. Though some of it had
crumbled, it wasnít sticking to the floor.
on the internet with the usual grain of salt, I
discovered that the metal-blade scraper was the
most-touted method of removal without scratching, even
though it took one woman 26 hours.
didnít say whether this was 26 hours at once without a
break, or 26 hours over a period of months or years.
List, which said it asked professionals, recommended
using such solvents as paint thinner or soapy water to
loosen the glued padding and then scraping or sanding it
given indoor air-quality issues, Iíd go with the soapy
water, but not a lot, because you might cause the floor
were some YouTube videos available showing a variety of
ways to remove glued-on padding, but most involved
projects that required removal before a new floor was
installed, so the condition of the hardwood floor
underneath was not an issue.
are all sources available to you by Googling, but hereís
job worth doing is one thatís worth doing well. If the
metal scraper is working, no matter how time-consuming
it is, go with it.
far as using paint thinner or soapy water, one requires
proper ventilation, including a mask, and the right
clothing for protection.
the job is important to you, and you are pressed for
time, it might be best to contact a professional to do