Wednesday, August 11, 2010

How do I prep the floor, after pulling up glue down carpet?

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Q. -  Hello, I have glue down carpet on my concrete floors. What is the best way to clean and smooth the concrete surface before applying the products.

Hello Aphra,
A. -  After you remove all the carpet, you can use a citrus stripper, a mastic remover, or a heavy duty glue remover to remove the most of the glue, using scrapers and stiff straw scrub brushes. Then you can rent a floor sander or a floor buffing machine with the fine grit sanding disks, and lightly sand the floor. Then you can mop it well with T.S.P. and water and then a couple clean water rinsings and you should be good to go. Watch to see if the water soaks readily into the concrete, or if it beads up or just kinda sits there. If it soaks readily in then the stain should be able to as well.
   In the event you are still left with any residual glue marks or stains in the concrete, they can be camouflaged by using a secondary highlight coat, or perhaps using a scored pattern and/or multiple color schemes.