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How to remove glued down carpet tiles from concrete

Updated February 21, 2017

Carpet tiles are an alternative to wall-to-wall carpeting. Due to their small size, carpet tiles are secured in place with carpet tack strips. While homeowners may not want to use glue on wood floors, they may not have qualms about gluing carpet tiles onto concrete floors. When carpet tiles have been in place for a long time, the glue dries out and becomes brittle. This will make the removal process easier. If the carpet tiles have not been in place for very long, the removal process will be harder. Cutting the carpet into strips makes it easier to remove glued down carpet tiles from concrete floors.

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  1. Put safety goggles, a face mask and heavy duty work gloves on to protect against flying debris and dust.

  2. Open a window to ventilate the area. If no window is available, place a fan so that it is facing the doorway. Turn the fan on to provide ventilation for the work area.

  3. Use a sharp utility knife to cut the carpet. Slice along the entire length of the carpet tile at 30 cm (12 inch) intervals.

  4. Firmly grasp one end of the carpet strip and pull it up. If the 30 cm (12 inch) wide strips do not come up easily, cut the carpet into narrower strips.

  5. Use a putty knife to pry up stubborn sections. Be careful not to gouge the concrete.

  6. Sweep the floor and dispose of carpet strips and debris. Place debris in a dustbin.

  7. Apply adhesive solvent to remove glue residue. Follow all manufacturer directions and warnings.

  8. Use a putty knife to scrape off any remaining pieces of carpet tile and glue.

  9. Sweep the floor clean of all debris and put them in a dustbin.

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Things You'll Need

  • Safety goggles
  • Heavy-duty work gloves
  • Face mask
  • Utility knife
  • Adhesive solvent
  • Rag
  • Putty knife
  • Broom
  • Dustpan
  • Dustbin

About the Author

Ms. Davies owns two websites, has published one ebook and has previous writing experience with psychological research teams. Ms. Davies has a psychology degree, 11 FEMA emergency response certificates and 1 terrorism response certificate from the National Fire Academy.

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