An outdoor living space is a splendid addition to any modern home. It is a refreshing place to relax and just admire the great outdoors. Outdoor carpeting helps make any outdoor living space more comfortable as well as more enjoyable. To keep this haven pristine you may need to replace the carpet when it gets old. There may even come a time when you have decided that you flat out no longer like what the carpet does for your outdoor living space and you want to get rid of it! You may have removed the old carpet but you are not yet free from its after effects. Carpet adhesive is quite a pain as it does its job extremely well and tends to remain stuck to the floor well after the carpet has been removed. You want to get rid of the adhesive so you can replace a new carpet or just make the floor nice without. The following steps will help you do so.
- You are going to need an adhesive remover. A soy-based one works best and you can find this at your local specialty store or you can even try ordering it online. Apply the remover to a rag and rub into the glue that is stuck on the floor. The thicker the glue that has been left behind, the more generous the application of adhesive remover should be. The remover needs some time to do its job completely so let it work for around 30 full minutes. Use a wide putty knife to try and get under the glue and lift it off. Do not use sharp objects here as you might damage the floor. This is a tedious task as you will be removing the glue slowly and in groups. Finally use water to rinse the floor and if there are still glue traces you may need to get to work again with your putty knife.
- Another method is to use dry ice. A ¼ to ½ lb. of it on a metal tray does wonders as it helps make the adhesive brittle. Leave it on each affected spot for a few minutes. Use a scrapper to break off the parts of the brittle adhesive. Keep going till you have you removed the entire adhesive. You may alternatively use a heat gun on any stubborn patches that resisted the dry ice. A reminder to all of those who are not familiar with the handling or dry ice, always wear gloves!
- In this method, you will be using sand paper to try and grind the adhesive slowly away. Use a scrapper to try and get as much of it off as possible and then sand down the other areas. Since you are basically grinding the adhesive into dust, be sure to wear a mask or eye protection to prevent the dust from injuring you.
All the methods that have previously been discussed are suitable for a large amount of adhesive. For smaller amounts you can actually just use a hand-held floor scraper to solve the problem. It is similar to the sandpaper in that it grinds the offending adhesive into dust that can easily be swept away.