How to Remove Latex Glue

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Latex glue is useful for household crafts, such as securing an outdoor carpet to the floor. However, with time the outdoor carpet may fade and need to be replaced, in which case the underlying floor must be cleaned of the old adhesive. The process of removing latex glue is simple but time-consuming. Liquid chemical adhesive-remover facilitates the process by softening the glue, thereby making it easier to scrape off.

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Things you need

  • Heavy-duty work gloves
  • Scraping tool
  • Biodegradable adhesive remover
  • Protective eye goggles
  • Sponge
  • Soap

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  1. 1

    Use a long-handled scraping tool to abrade the dried old latex glue. Depending on how old the adhesive is, some of the glue will easily flake off in chunks, in which case you will not need to use as much adhesive remover.

  2. 2

    Review the instructions that came with the environmentally-friendly liquid chemical adhesive remover you procured and ensure you understand them. Read any cautions or warnings that may have accompanied the glue remover to prevent property damage or injury.

  3. 3

    Pour on a layer of environmentally-friendly liquid chemical adhesive remover to the old latex glue; ensure it completely covers the surface area of the adhesive to be removed.

  4. 4

    Let the adhesive remover sit to give it sufficient time to break down and soften the latex glue for easy removal. Many products require wait times upwards of thirty minutes to fully function and break down the glue; however, the wait time is also dependent on the thickness of the glue. Follow the adhesive remover's instructions.

  5. 5

    Scrape off the broken-down, softened latex glue with your scraping tool and collect it in a pile. Once the glue is completely scraped, dispose of it properly.

  6. 6

    Rinse the area with water to remove any leftover latex glue and adhesive remover. Scrub the area clean with a sponge, soap and water.

Tips and warnings

  • Be careful to prevent physical harm by not getting adhesive remover on your skin or eyes.

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