Rubber-backed carpet is typically installed with glue. When removing this type of carpet, the most common problem is the separation of the rubber backing from the carpet fiber, which leaves a layer of rubber adhered to the floor. Because rubber-backed carpet is oftentimes installed on concrete, removal involves scraping of the flooring substrate. Although extensive time and energy are involved to remove the carpet, the project is not impossible for a homeowner to undertake.
Things You'll Need
- Utility knife
- Floor scraper
- Putty knife
- Dust mask
- Razor scraper
Pull the carpet from the floor. Begin in a corner and pull back about 5 feet of carpeting. Not all of the rubber backing will come up with the carpet.
Scrape the rubber backing and adhesive residue from the floor using a floor scraper held at a 45-degree angle. For corners and other hard-to-reach areas, use a putty knife.
Sweep and vacuum the entire floor. Note any remaining pieces of rubber and scrape them up with a razor scraper. Your floor is now ready to be washed and recovered.
Tips & Warnings
- Some rental centers offer an electric floor scraper, which will help if the rubber backing is tightly adhered to the floor. When removing the carpet, work your way along the first wall, cutting the carpet into 4-foot strips. Roll the strips and secure them with tape or twine to make their removal more manageable.
- How to Install Flooring
- The Carpet Installation Training Handbook; Eric Larson; 2002
How to Remove An Indoor Carpet
Want to upgrade your floors an upgrade or eliminate that old, dated (as in stained, smelly) carpet? Removing carpet is a job...
How to Remove Carpet Backing from a Hardwood Floor
Carpet backing is the back of the carpet that contributes to helping the carpet hold its shape and strength. Carpets are typically...
How To Lay Rubber-Backed Carpet
Rubber-backed carpet, also called cushion-backed carpet, is a popular choice for do-it-yourself remodelers. The reason is that the rubber backing attached to...
How to Remove Rubber Backing From Throw Rugs
Many throw rugs are made with a secondary latex or rubber backing. The backing provides the rug with a non-slip surface that...