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Papetilla wrote at 2006-11-07 22:56:16
Im doing this for a friends parents righ now. Now consider this from my experince only, i am a student earning extra money not a professional

that beig said, my preferred method is using boiling water to soften the padding/weaken glue(if applicable) then i remove the padding with a semi firm putty knife.

after which i have recieved suggestions through online research to use citrus based cleaners to remove it, though boiling waer again seems to work quite well.

kelli.griffis wrote at 2007-08-27 22:25:47
What a coincidence! I too have a 1918 home that was carpeted using that same kind of padding. Mine has fused to the finish as well.  One thing I'm trying that has worked to loosen the crud before scraping (CAREFULLY!) with a razor, is a 50/50 Downy fabric softener and water mix in a spray bottle.  Spray a 2 sq. ft. section, let it sit for 5-10 minutes, and then go at it with a utlity knife or razor scraper.  It sort of makes the top layer tacky while loosening the bond it has to the floor around the edges.  Just makes it easier to get your knife under it.  Still tedious and messy, but leaves the floor in good condition if the finish was already good to begin with.

babz wrote at 2007-10-06 20:12:07
I also had the waffle pad adhesion problem.  I first tried a piece of aluminum foil and my iron, but it was too messy and gooey.  I then tried my hair dryer, but eventually purchased a heat gun with a heavy duty putty knife.  Unfortunately, a heavy duty face mask is also needed because of fumes.  There is an electric powered machine with a razor on it that can be rented.  I plan to try that next.  I'll report back as to how that worked.

big p wrote at 2008-01-31 22:46:20
you can either use mineral spirits or Resolve carpet cleaner to remove it with minimal damage.  

Cherise wrote at 2014-02-24 19:11:38
I too am having the same problem. What seems to be working so far is a product called soy gel. It is a naturally derived paint stripper. It seems to be taking two applications thought. The first application removes the top layer. Then the next application appears to take it down to the bare floors. Yes, it is tedious sticky and gooey. At least you are not alone

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I have 8 years in the flooring industry. I know product knowledge on all types of flooring. Carpet, Laminate, Ceramic, Vinyl, Cork, Hardwood, Hunter Douglas blinds, Linoleum, Durastone, Natural Stone, Porcelain, V.C.T, and Area Rugs. I know about installation of these kinds of floors. I do not know about Hardwood refinishing at all.


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