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QUESTION: Hello:

Is carpet padding glued to the floor before the carpet is laid or is it stapled or neither?

I thank you for your reply.

ANSWER: Carpet padding may either be glued or stapled to the floor. Usually the pad is only glued in commercial applications, but it is sometimes done in residential ones. When the pad is glued to the floor the carpet is also usually glued to the pad, which is what is referred to as "double stick".

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QUESTION: Hello:

I want to thank you for the reply.

If a residential owner wants the padding glued, can he request it to the carpet company?  I had to remove an old carpet and padding many years ago and the padding was stapled.  There were hundreds of staples to remove from the floor.

I thank you for your reply.

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Yes you can request it. But getting the glue off the floor will be harder than removing staples if and when the time comes to take up the pad. It all depends on your situation and future plans.
If you do go with glueing the pad, you may want to consider using what is called a pressure sensitive or quick release adhesive. It will make it easier to remove the pad. You will of course still have to contend with removal of the adhesive however. Or you may also want to consider peel and stick carpet tiles ...less adhesive residue on the subfloor.

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Certified Installer 1966-1976, Certified Carpet Cleaning Instructor 1976-1985, Certified Commercial and Residential Floor Inspector since 1985 is available to answer questions on problems with carpet or other flooring, and carpet cleaning. I can guide you as to whether you may have a valid claim against a manufacturer/installer/dealer/cleaning company.

Experience

Floor covering Installer 1966-1976 Carpet Cleaning Instructor 1976-1985 Floor Covering Inspector 1985- present

Organizations
Floor Covering Inspector Training School; FCITS Floor Covering Inspection Technical Services; FITS Certified Claims Inspectors Association; CCIA

Publications
Hartford Courant

Education/Credentials
B.S. Chemistry 1971 A.S. Physical Science 1969 Armstrong Certified Installer 1972 3M Certified Carpet Cleaning Specialist 1976 FCITS Certified in Carpet and Hard Surface, Commercial and Residential

Past/Present Clients
GE, Phoenix Insurance Group, McDonalds Corp, WTNH, US NAVY, Xerox, Time Warner, Pitney Bowes, Conair, Yale New Haven Hospital, UCONN, Price Waterhouse, Pepsico.

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