How to Remove Latex Glue From Floorboards

Updated February 21, 2017

Latex glue is most useful for bonding a carpet to a floor. It is a very effective adhesive that prevents the carpet from moving. When the carpet needs to be replaced, the latex glue becomes exposed and should be thoroughly removed from the floorboards. This may seem like a difficult task, but can be completed rather easily using a liquid adhesive solvent. Such products help soften the latex glue for removal.

Create a ventilated workspace if the floorboards are indoors. Opening the windows in the room will help you avoid potentially hazardous fumes from chemical solvent.

Pour hot water over the affected areas of the floorboards using a 1-to-2 gallon bucket. Allow it to soak the latex glue for at least 10 minutes.

Apply the solvent properly by reading the directions on the product label. Follow the directions on waiting time for the adhesive to loosen.

Scrape the adhesive with the scraper blade. Use only moderate pressure. Add more solvent if the adhesive in certain areas doesn't lift off as easily.

Sweep the floor completely to remove any loose latex glue. Use a mild detergent to clean the floorboards for a thorough removal.


Don't try to rush the process. Leave the solvent on long enough to let it do its job.

Things You'll Need

  • Adhesive solvent
  • 1-to-2 gallon bucket
  • Hot water
  • Scraper blade
  • Broom
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