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How to Remove Astro Turf Glue

Updated February 21, 2017

Astro Turf and other artificial types of outdoor carpeting are attached to the ground with a strong adhesive that is resistant to water and can withstand both hot and cold temperatures. The glue is designed to adhere to both carpets as well as to the smooth floor, which is usually made of concrete. When the time comes to discard the outdoor carpeting or artificial grass, the glue can be challenging to remove.

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  1. Fill a pot with plain tap water and place it on top of a stove burner. Turn the burner to high and wait for the water to reach a full rolling boil.

  2. Remove the pot from the stove and turn off the burner. Go to the area of the floor containing the astro turf glue. Pour 1 to 2 cups of boiling water directly on top of the glue spots.

  3. Place the flat end of a putty knife under the edge of the glue and press forward on the putty knife to slide it under the glue. Repeat the process until the majority of the glue is removed from the floor.

  4. Apply a glue solvent solution to any remaining spots of glue and allow the solvent to sit for five to 10 minutes.

  5. Scrape the remaining traces of glue off of the floor with the putty knife.

  6. Tip

    It's a good idea to wear gloves to protect the hands from the scalding water.

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Things You'll Need

  • Stove
  • Pot
  • Putty knife
  • Solvent

About the Author

Kimberly Johnson is a freelance writer whose articles have appeared in various online publications including eHow, Suite101 and Examiner. She has a degree in journalism from the University of Georgia and began writing professionally in 2001.

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