How To Remove Yellow Carpet Glue or Adhesive

Doing The Impossible - Removing That Carpet Glue From A Cement Floor.

If you have ever tried to remove that yellow carpet glue from under a wall-to-wall carpet or rug that you have removed from your floor, you know exactly what I'm talking about. You know how difficult it is. I have tried just about every chemical that is available at Lowe''s. You would think that someone there would know exactly what to do to remove it, but nobody does....(I've asked) and if they do, they aren't talking. I have just gone through this dilema and you won't believe it, but I have found a fix. Actually, it was not I who found the fix, it was my neighbor, who I would refer to as "extremely intelligent." After trying many different chemicals and cleaners, including Goo-Gone (I really thought it would work), and even after trying to use a heavy duty sander (wrongly recommended to me by a carpet store) that I had to rent from a machine rental place, I came to the conclusion that it was going to be impossible to remove the carpet glue from my floor. But I was wrong. My neighbor came over with what looks like a hoe but it is really a flat scraper. She told me to boil some water and throw it on the floor. After letting it sit there for a few minutes, under the hot boiling water, say, 5 or 10 minutes, the glue becomes softer and more pliable....and only then, one is able to scrape it off. Unbelievable! No chemical would remove machine would remove it (it just made the coarse sandpaper one goey, sticky mess), but hot water did the trick! I then, used the $17.00 heavy-duty hand blade scrapers that I bought at Lowe's (I would say that this was the only great purchase that I made). I thought to myself, I have to share this with everybody, with someone else who is trying to do the impossible, who right now must be yanking their hair out in frustration, or banging their head against the wall. This WILL WORK. Believe me, don't waste your time and money buy going to the hardware stores to buy more chemicals because they won't work.

Don't Bang Your Head Against The Wall...

Don't Bang That Head...
Don't Bang That Head...

Even Though It's The Glue From Hell

Devil Glue Has A Fix - Boiling Water!
Devil Glue Has A Fix - Boiling Water!

You CAN Remove That Frustrating Carpet Glue

Don't Stress
Don't Stress

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Lisa Barger 9 years ago

OK, I'm going to try this. I have a spot in my foyer that I've tried EVERTHING else on.

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Debbie Cook 9 years ago from USA

I am excited to try this. I ripped up my carpet last year and I love my concrete floor - but I have a strip of that yellow glue that actually came from double sticky tape. It is very flat to the floor so a razor blade may have to be used. I also wonder whether a steam cleaner might help.

If this works I'll rip up my kitchen carpet as well. Thanks!!!!!

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maricarbo 9 years ago Author

Good Luck. I know that if it is the same stuff I've been dealing with, boiling water will work.

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maricarbo 9 years ago Author

Speaking of concrete floors, have you seen how beautiful a stained one can be? They have all the ingredients at Lowe's to stain and beautify your concrete floor. If I can get ALL of the gunk off of my floor, I'd love to be able to stain it. The look is comparable to marble.

Lisa Barger 9 years ago

I've thought of staining the floor in my bathroom. Right now it's got this horrible carpet that's long past needing to be replaced but I just can't fathom putting wall-to-wall in a bathroom.

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maricarbo 9 years ago Author

If it is horrible, just remove it. There are cheap options out there to make your floor better. You can even go to the dollar store and for $9.00 a box, you can tile your bathroom with the plastic tiles they have to offer, which are not that bad looking, and all you have to do is place them down. They already have a light adhesive on the back (nothing like the one I'm battling). They have a "wood" looking floor option, or you can choose one that looks like "marble." It is an option if you don't have the money for more expensive tiles at the moment. Of course, you can always take the tile-laying course at Lowe's and "do it yourself." But for that, I'd prefer a professional with experience.

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maricarbo 9 years ago Author

I ended up covering whatever I could not remove (because it is really a bear to remove it), with those plastic tiles from the dollar store....Actually, the floor looks 100% better now and is "faux wood." I consider my project a success!

Sean M 8 years ago

Does anyone know how to remove the old glue of the rug off of ply wood?

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maricarbo 8 years ago Author

Try Goo Gone, but you'll need industrial quantities of it, I think.

carlton 8 years ago

added note this is how I got the carpet as well I poured boiling water on the carpet and cut it into strip

Dustin 8 years ago

I had carpet glue on my hardwood floors, boiling water worked alright but I was uncomfortable pouring water on the hardwoods.

I ended up buying a $20 heat gun and using a plastic scraper to remove the heated glue. This worked best for me. It's time consuming, but a scrape of heated glue is cleaner that a scrape of hot and wet glue, in my experience.

Photo of my process:

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Yes, thank you for your input. It is the heat that does it, undoubtedly. Of course on wooden floors, one would not want to wet them. Bravo! I'm sure this tip will be helpful to many people. Thank you so much!

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maricarbo 8 years ago Author

Dustin I love your photographs. You have a great eye for form and color.

kelly 8 years ago

im ripping up very old carpet in the bedroom and the glue is stuck on the cushion flooring how do i remove this?

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maricarbo 8 years ago Author

Try ripping up as much as possible and then pour hot water on the glue part or you could also try a hot hair dryer....I don't know why they make the glue so permanent.  The manufacturers should make it so it will come up when you want to remove the carpet.  But I have found that heat is the fastest element that will make that darned glue come loose.  I have tried several different solvents with no luck.  Good luck with the heat.  If you have found something better, let me know.  Thanks for your comment/question!

Kim 7 years ago

I tried this~ works great! I used a long handled BBQ cleaning brush w/ scraper. That worked perfect! Thank you for your help!Heated H2O in microwave for 3 minutes.

German 7 years ago

I Have the same yellow glue in the basement. I have not tryied boiling water yet. I was wondering if a carpet cleaner steemer would do the job???

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maricarbo 7 years ago Author

I even tried one of those professional machines and I got nowhere with it. That glue is really tough! I was banging my head against the wall just before I tried the hot water, and that DID work.

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maricarbo 7 years ago Author

There is no sure way of knowing what kind of glue is under your carpet until you actually rip it up and look. If it is yellow, then it is probably the kind I had to deal with. Ugh. Not an easy task. Once you have removed the glue, if you need a quick fix, do what I did...I went to the dollar store and bought those plastic tiles that you can install yourself. They look and smell much better than cat urine. I have cats...I know. Those tiles are cheap....

Mike S. 7 years ago

I have the same "yellow" glue in my home upstairs. Going to try the "Boiling Water Method".

We have original hardwood (Fir - but has aged to near stone) in our 1922 approx. built home. Used same method to remove old Linoleum/vinyl flooring after removing top layer (showing paper etc.), but used an old junk towel to pour water on to control water spread. Read this a 2 1/2 years ago on a DIY site, but never tried it for the glue. I was researching how to remove Mastic glue (Black nasty stuff under tiles - found under old 70's foam rubber backed carpet, then the original wood [unstained where original carpet tiles had been], all because of decidint to put in ceramic tiles in foyer, but discovered wood. Needless to say, wood won. Will be refinishing the wood after insterior renovations are done.

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maricarbo 7 years ago Author

Let me know how it goes.....and if you were successful. If you find a better method, let me know as well. Thanks for your comment.

Jaq 7 years ago

okay I moved into an apt. about 2 years ago that has a concrete patio, my mother, the worrier, thought it best to apply carpet-like material to the patio and went glue crazy i think (it has been so long I cant remember). well anyway, I'm not sure how fond of the idea the apt. manager will be of the carpet GLUED to the concrete patio, so I'm starting to get worried about it. I'm not moving out anytime soon, and don't want to remove it until I move out, but am curious how reliable this boiling water method actually is. I'm almost tempted not to mess with with it and ask them if they want me to keep it on there prior to leaving, because it def. is an asset to the patio. Any who, any suggestions? I don't want to have to spend a lot of money to remove it , but don't want to get a headache over this either. Mom says leave it, but I don't know how well the apt folks will fly with it? Thanks .....oh and the glue, i looked at a a hard hard hard yellow color lol. Mom says get a glue remover but after reading your post, I'm skeptic. Thanks! would love feedback....

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maricarbo 7 years ago Author

I think your best bet is to leave it because the yellow carpet glue is a MONSTER to remove. I am suggesting the boiling water solution but that is a last resort. It takes forever and a day. Even with the boiling water it takes a lot of scraping.

If anybody has a better solution, please let us know! They should ban the yellow carpet glue. It is TOO permanent.

Amy 7 years ago

We have carpeting with the hated yellow glue backing it on the outdoor stairs to our patio. The gentleman we bought the house from probably installed it. Needless to say it's mildewed and disgusting, not to mention slick from the mildew.

How well does this work on outdoor (i.e. ROUGH) concrete? If I start this project, I don't want to get down to the last bit of glue and be unable to get it out of the rough concrete.

Also, any alternate suggestions? The carpet really HAS to come up, but I don't know what I could use to cover any glue that refuses to.

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maricarbo 7 years ago Author

I removed the glue from the concrete with hot water....most of it...and I covered it up with those plastic tiles that they sell at the dollar store. The room looks good now, much better than it did with the old carpet.

Jill B 7 years ago

Heat gun and scraper works the best for us on hardwood. Gonna take some time but the floors aren't getting torn up and it's coming up pretty easy. Set off the smoke alarm though - funny how those work sometimes.

Jess G 7 years ago

We used an old steam iron ( clothes iron ) and warmed up the glue, then used a scraper to scrape off the old glue. Worked great ! And fairly quickly ...

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maricarbo 7 years ago Author

Excellent! I guess it is the combination of heat with muscle and a scraper!

jim 7 years ago

if your going to refinish or recarpet the floors.a good

semi gell floor stripper works very fast with minimal will also need some stripper pads and low odor

mineral spirits and a well ventilated area .all these

prducts can be found in the paint department of your local

home center.yes even lowes.

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maricarbo 7 years ago Author

Jim, yes I have tried all of that and it did not work for me.

Beth 7 years ago

I think I have the worst case of all... We just bought a house and the previous owners tacked AND glued hideous brown carpet half-way up the walls in the living room. After we managed to tear most of the carpet off (leaving small pieces of carpet still on the walls) we still need to deal with the glue. It is yellow so I'm assuming it's similar to what everyone else is dealing with. I'm wondering if the boiling water will work since it won't be able to soak in before running down the wall. What a mess I have on my hands! :(

rudyxrudy 7 years ago

I ripped out three rooms of OLD carpet...there wasn't too much glue there and i scraped and etc....and assumed WRONGLY that two coats of a dark burgundy paint would cover it i have 2 SHADES OF PAIN IN THE 1ST ROOM I is good and where the old glue is, is much much darker so now i have to sand off all the darker areas and use one of the above methods to get the glue off...i also dont wanna wet the OLD i am totallly tired of all this. thanks for the suggestions...

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maricarbo 7 years ago Author

Rudy, They should issue a warning on the label of that glue....that it is really hard to take off. Either that, or not allow it at all. It is so hard to deal with it when you are trying to get rid of it! Good luck with it all. I'll say a prayer, Ha!

John 7 years ago

Thanks for the article. My neighbor wants me to tear up over 300 square feet of carpet on her patio. Then paint the floor. I know this carpet is glued down. I guess I'm in for some fun. Thanks again.

Kyle 7 years ago

If the glue is yellow, use ammonia at full strength. Just pour it on and let it level itself out, do not spread it thin. Let it sit for 20-30 minutes, then scrape off with a heavy duty scraper. Tungsten carbide scrapers are available at Lowe's and Sherwin Williams and are worth the investment. Push/pull scrapers also work well. Ammonia is much cheaper than industrial adhesive removers. If you decide to use paint remover or industrial adhesive remover, put it on very thick and cover it with wax paper, this will prevent it from fuming as bad and drying out. It can even be left over night in this state. Use adequate ventilation and a canister type respirator when using ammonia or any industrial solvent. Once the majority of the glue is removed you can sand. Hope this helps.

Jeannie 7 years ago

I have just spent the entire past week trying to remove this nasty, yellow adhesive. Tried paint thinner, muriatic acid, everything recommended. I'm going to try the hot water and possibly ammonia as well. Right now I'm too aggravated since my arms are sore and tired from all the scraping, scrubbing and sanding I've JUST finished doing today. Thanks for the tip.

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maricarbo 7 years ago Author

Good luck, Jeannie. Just be careful with the ammonia if you decide to use it because it, too, has harmful fumes and it might make you faint! It is really strong. I feel for you...I remember when I scraped and scrubbed and tried everything under the sun.

nikki 7 years ago

my glue is black or something is black underneath my carpet on top of this soon to be beautiful hardwood floor. what do i use to get black crap off?

Hal 6 years ago

I took the advice with the water--it worked! We had 1500 sq ft of concrete to clean and we were agonizing over the effort it would take us to get all the yellow glue up. We too bought the 4 in razor scrappers and they are just about the best purchase made. We did not have to use hot water--room temperature water worked just fine because we covered the wet glue with plastic so it would soak. When doing a job as big as ours, we found that spreading water evenly over the glue and placing some 4 mil thick plastic (the best purchase we made) 12 ft wide by 25 ft long over the surface and letting it set for about an hour, the glue came up with great ease. The time it took to get the soaked glue up, the second area was ready to scrape up. By soaking while scraping, we kept moving and were done in a day. Thank you for the tip on the water.

Tina M 6 years ago

It works!!! I didn't need a scrapper. I use put hot water (for sink) on floor and left it while i went to buy a scapper (15mins) and when i got back, the glue was soft by the time i returned. I just mopped the glue in a pile. Done Deal..thnks

Louise 6 years ago

May I Just Say a Big THANK YOU to you and your neighbour form the uk, my ha put down a terrible foam backed carpet and i have been looking to get rid of it for the last 2 years but didn't have the heart to do it with all the missions that came with the job but this worked on my concrete floor in minutes!!! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU

kakora 6 years ago

I was really concerned about how to remove the glue as the location is near pool and did not want to use chemicals or sander. OMG!! just did this as a test--plain water did it. Tomorrow I remove the carpet and will start to work on the glue. I think the idea of covering with plastic will work well so the water can soak in and not dry out in the heat (SW FL).

So glad to come across this info--thanks!!

judy 6 years ago

awsome! wow, it does work. back to the basics. no chemicals.

Sandra 6 years ago

I rececntly ripped up carpet in a kitchen of a hundred year old home to discover this nasty yellow glue. It is so old that it just won't budge with the hot water trick. I scraped, sanded, bleached with a scouring steel wool and still have some nasty spots that I can't get out. It's like it was absorbed by the beautiful tile underneath. they are the old rubber tiles that you have to wax and polish and I do want to save them. I plan on trying the ammonia trick. wish me luck guys. my arms and hands are so sore. may take a day off before I go back.

ANNE 6 years ago

THANK YOU SO MUCH. THIS WAS THE MOST HELPFUL SITE ONLINE THAT i CAME TO! This worked with hot water..but now i have a "mud " mess on my cement. The floor looks so dirty.

Sandra 6 years ago

OK, the ammonia worked. half water half ammonia, a steel scrubby pad and a ton of elbow grease, but the floor is back to new looking.

thanks so much for this site. it really helped a lot.

6 years ago

OMG u saved my life. my hand is swollen from using a scraper w/o any hot water. I will try it! TY for ur commical but useful input!!

Shelly A. 6 years ago

Our church basement floods all the time. We ripped up the carpet, but the floor is covered in glue. We were told that we'd have to put carpet back down. We don't want to because of the flooding issue. I'm going to try this. It'll save us a lot of money and flood clean-up will be easier. Thanks.

Kim (Chicago) 6 years ago

Project: black outdoor carpet on front cement porch.

I pulled it up and found the despised mastic glue. I started with a small orbital sander and 40 grit sandpaper (make sure you wear an Osha mask for dust, $5 at HDepot). I thought this was working until I poured on Krud Kutter adhesive remover (after reading a review on and the buffed gray surface turned black… I figured I was dealing with Lots of black mastic glue…. I then tried lacquer thinner on a small spot and that didn’t help either… OMGoodness, the fumes – not worth the health risks either! The Krud Kutter really didn’t do much, so I went back to the internet and learned about Bean-e-doo mastic remover which is a “green” product. Now, I still thought that I was dealing with black mastic glue at this point so after watching the YouTube video about Bean-e-doo I thought the product was going to turn my glue into old engine oil right off the bat… After applying the Bean-e-doo (around 7pm) this is when I learned that it wasn’t black mastic glue, but more likely the black I was seeing was vinyl from the back of the very old carpet.. While working at the surface with a broom, the black started giving way to tan and I realized that I am dealing with the worse mastic of all: the dreaded tan mastic - ugh. I left the Bean-e-doo on overnight and this morning (12 hours later) I found the mastic to be more pliable, but I still needed to really muscle it with my broom to get it to budge (the razor scraper didn’t do a thing), but it is working and I recommend this product, along with patience. Thanks to finding this valuable hub page, I then boiled a pot of water and poured it on the steps – this really works! I still have my work cut out for me tonight and into the weekend, but I am well on my way to getting all the glue off… I will post before and after pics when I have them. Good luck everyone and thank you so much maricarbo!

I also found a company that will send samples (free?) of their removers, but since I am almost done I’m going to pass on ordering them. But wanted to share anyway: Mast-Away Mastic Removers,

Kim (Chicago) 6 years ago

I forgot to add that I am also using a wire brush (helps a bit with some muscle behind it). I will also be borrowing my neighbors power washer - not sure what the psi is (3500 is the strongest you can rent from HDepot)...

Doe_knob 6 years ago

We had this same problem in a couple homes we lived in and could'nt figure out the best way to remove the adhiesive. We found a product by Jasco called Premium Paint and epoxy remover from Lowes or HDepot. This worked great its very thick just paint it on let it set for 30-40 min and scrape it off with a small hand held razor floor scraper then follow with soap and water, and sponge to wash the residue off. Make sure to ventilate the room and wear rubber gloves as it is a harsh chemical. A few spots we had to treat twice but this worked great. Just try on a small spot first to get the hang of it. The tougher the glue the longer you let it set but dont let it start to evaporate if so reapply.

manbythesea 6 years ago

My suggestion is simple and it works quite nicely. Use a hair dryer on high heat on the cemented rubber backing. Then while still warm, scrape the backing off with a scraper/putty knife. For the final unwilling pieces methyl hydrate and your putty knife will finish the job.

Gale 6 years ago

Thank you, I just ripped carpet off of my stairway and have been trying to get the glue off for days now. I've been sanding and discovered that didn't work and I was online looking for chemical strippers when I saw this. You will have my eternal gratitude if this works!

Kathy 6 years ago

Thanks. I put kilz on a concrete floor before the last carpet was laid. Glue was put down to hold the pad. Since I ripped it out again the other day I tried sanding (doesn't work) then I used plain orange oil (bought in the lawn and garden section from lowes or home depot) and a scraper and it worked great. However, it is also removing the kilz. So I think I'll try the hot water and a long scraper. Looks like sears sells a good scraper.

Renee 6 years ago

Wow, thanx mucho. Just used this tip, but for a cement terrace that my superintendant told me I wouldn't be able to take the gunk off it. Hot water + a scraper, yay! Did the trick pronto.

John 6 years ago

I don't know how to thank you enough for this tip. I pulled up kitchen carpet that had been down for 20 years with the yellow glue underneith. I used a multi tool scarper and sander, which worked good, but I relized this was going to take a long time to get this gunk up, and it was not getting it all. I tried a small area with the hot water and a small scraper and it came right up. Thanks again, this works great.

6 years ago

I tried the hot water. this works great.

Marky 6 years ago

Thanks for the tips. I just pulled up carpet this weekend and there is a bunch of that adhesive. I'm going to try this sometime this week.

Douglas Robert 6 years ago

Wow! You just saved me a ton of frustration. Thanks a million! I figured there had to be a way. Like you, I was just about to head out to the local Home Depot and see what chemicals were available to lift the glue. My wife suggested going on the web to see if a viable alternative existed.

Well, in one way today was my lucky day because I found your Hub page. Just spend the day removing stubborn 35-year-old glue... and it worked very well. Some areas required elbow grease, while other spots lifted without a problem.

Terrific solution -- thank you again!


Bob 6 years ago

Great site. Excellent comments. Thank you so much for the practical info. Simple chemistry ...... can't beat it! I'm tackeling my yellow glue removal project this morning, so thought there had to be some info out there before I run to Lowe's. This is exactly what I needed to see. Thank you, thank you.


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Ryan 6 years ago

I am attempting to remove carpet from my porch, the carpet is laid/glued over plywood,spent all day stripping a small section. The porch is about 1000 sqft. Any suggestions, Not sure the hot water trick will work on plywood? I am grateful for any help.

Thanks, Ryan

Nanipoo 6 years ago

I am SO glad I found this site. I tried some citrus based adhesive remover first but (1) it was expensive (2) if it got on anything it would start eating away at the paint. I tried the steamer method and, although slow, it was just what I needed. Can't beat the price too!

bigdrummer67 6 years ago

Thank you Maricarbo! What a wonderful solution. It has been a lifesafer.

Melissa (Texas) 6 years ago

Miracle of Miracles. After you try the hot water and it works, you just sit back and think, "Well, duh!!". I am glad I found this site. I had tried several different chemicals, combined with using a scraper. The last one worked, but I decided to do some research before spending more money on harsh chemicals. Soaking with water is working great to get up the paint and carpet glue on my concrete floor. It is not getting all the glue and it is still very labor intensive, but it is working just as good as the things I was buying. My plan is to stain the concrete floor in my house, so although the hot water does not clean up everything, it does save me money. Any ideas for removing the glue under my vinyl? I will try heat first, but I am trying to find ways to work smarter not harder, lol.

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sarah 6 years ago

mean green and hot great

km 6 years ago

thanks a ton for the useful info. It worked and made the whole tedious job so easy!!!

Alissa 6 years ago

You're right - hot water and scrubbing does the trick. But be warned: I also found that the water soaked through my wood flooring on the main floor and down through the basement ceiling. So one remodeling project became two. :)

c canning 6 years ago

very easy use white spirit it softens the glue use a blade to scrape it off job done ive done this im a painter

Ryan 6 years ago

Ingenious. I've been working at a floor all day with cold water and a wire brush; I'm looking forward to trying this in the morning.

Thanks for putting in the time to share your knowledge.

Ryan 6 years ago

Ingenious. I've been working at a floor all day with cold water and a wire brush; I'm looking forward to trying this in the morning.

Thanks for putting in the time to share your knowledge.

Erik 6 years ago

Thank you, thank you, this totally works. Wire brush to get the crevices and a putty knife for the flat parts. Keeping the boiling water on the stove and doing a huge room with this method.

Taylor 6 years ago

Would heating ammonia not be an option?

Lydia 6 years ago

I just finished cleaning off black foam pad maybe 1/2" thick that was all stuck like a blanket on my wood floor. I was ready to just recarpet since I had tried evrything. I tried the hot water and ammonia mix. dumped the mix in sections. Came back and was able to scrape it off fairly easy with hand scraper and long handled scraper and scotch brite pad, did 240sq ft 1day. (paid my son to help) thank you.

Rob 5 years ago

I spent three hours today trying to remove carpet from concrete with scraper and hammer...only was able to remove 1/8th of what needs to be done. Like everyone else my hands are now sore and blistered. Tomorrow I will try the hot water/hair dryer trick and hope it works.

Linda  5 years ago

Needed to remove the glue dropped by the carpet installer. RIGHT on the new carpet. They came out and cleaned, but all that came up was the dirt off the glue. We did not want to put anything on that would hurt the fibers, I tried this hot water on the carpet. Then scrubbed with a very soft rubber brush. It seems to have done the trick, but I will get back to you and let you know if it is works

Veda 5 years ago

I decided to flip the underlayment when faced with the prospect of trying to remove all that glue. That worked fine and I was able to paint the floor without going through all the torture of goo removal. I am planning to do it again in the room I'm reclaiming after my son moved out. It helps if the room is square. At least I think it does.

Momma 5 years ago

Just wanted to say "Thank you, thank you" for this blog. I was on my way to purchase a grinder to remove the glue under my indoor/outdoor carpet, when I decided to give it one more try, and found your suggestions on the internet. The hot water did the trick! Just to tweek it abit, I took a hand towel, and got it good and wet, put it in the mircrowave for 2 minutes, put it on a plate and took it into the room I was working on, slapped it on top of the glue, sat back for 15 min. and bam it was soft enough to scrape up with a metal scraper. Now I have taken the microeave and put it in the same room with me so I do not have to walk as far. Works great for me. Any who, you saved me $, time,a sore back & hands, not to mentiom all the frustration envolved. Thanks again guys. You did good. One of your 66 yr. old fans, and a women at that! =) Now back to my microwave.

Momma 5 years ago

One more added comment. Thanks to a neighbor stopping by, he went and got his "Heat gun." Never knew that type of thing existed. Worked like butter. My recomndation is to go with a heat gun and a small chisel. It works!

howard 5 years ago

how sweet it is thankyou

you make my life hole .

Howard 5 years ago

i pored hot water on the glue and let it sit 10 min

then sucked it up with shop vac then did it again and again and then sucked it up with shop[ vac when it was dry it pealed right up like magic hot water very hot water does this trick. it wasn't till it was drier that it came up but you will have to work at it some i got thru it and you will to good luck Howwy

Neeraj 5 years ago

Benzene is best for removing any type of glue, organic dissolves in organic....

J.P. Geatz 5 years ago

use a wallpaper steamer

billie 5 years ago

We have just purchased a home and the basement floor is cement with carpet and adhesive. We have considered taking the carpet up, but it is such a large room. Can we carpet over top of the old carpet? If so, how do we adhere the new carpet in place?

Lenny 5 years ago

I've got 1,400 sq/ft of yellow glue that tried to kill me today. As far as I can tell, it's been on there for the past 10 years and it's in a very dry/arid environment. Tried the hot water and it didn't help all that much - a few thin spots seemed to peel off with scraping, but the thick stuff didn't budge.

Any recommendations on the strongest chemical i can lay down to dissolve the yellow devil without melting my face off? I was originally all for going the non-toxic hippie juice rout, but the stuff I picked up (forgot the brand/product) didn't do jack.

I like the ammonia idea because it's cheap and easy to get ahold of, but if there are any recommendations for something stronger, I'd love to hear it.

moe 5 years ago

thanks for the info, I'll try it and hopefully it works.

Nettyb 5 years ago

Hello I have read the majority of the comments and i've tried most of the suggestions.The hot water worked the best but we still had to use a whole lot of elbow grease.Me and my 2 sons start making up stuff to use.We tried bleach laundry detergent,bleach and other stuff nothing really did most of the work.We still had to do a lot of scraping.See we have 3 big size rooms to do.So I had decided to try one more solution,the name of it is called STICKY STUFF REMOVER BY FULLER BRUSH COMPANY.I said to myself I know this isn't going to work either.So I sprayed a plate sized amount to an area we hadnt't applied any of the other stuff to.I waited 1minute OH MY GOODNESS it came up like butter.This stuff is so good.The glue came up so easily I did't have to do no scrubbing no hard scraping at all.I didn't have but a half a can left.I will order me some more cans.Some of you may not know about Fuller Brush but they have been around over 100 years and they have a 100% money back guarantee.If the stuff don't work for you just send it back.

ConnieZ 5 years ago

Some of the posts make it sound so easy. Oh, I tried the chemical from Home Depot and got nowhere fast. I tried hot water and it removed the gunk left behind by the chemical. A friend suggested WD40. That did a little. So I retried the hot water in another place and it worked a little bit. A bit like chipping finger nail polish off without remover. Gonna take a few weeks at this rate.

sammies 5 years ago

I just leased an 800sq/ft space for retail and pulled up the disgusting carpet to find a whole lot of yellow and orange glue very dry and seemingly melted to the concrete. I just rented a very large and expensive sanding machine with diamond etched scrapers from Home Depot and it didn't work at all. I'm hoping to try the hot water technique tomorrow. Thanks for all the posts on here. I'll post back to report my progress. DON"T rent expensive machine for this job!!

PDsports 5 years ago

does anyone know if a floor scraper (the kind that looks like a flat hoe) will work as good as a smaller razor-blade type scraper? I'm hoping to avoid crawling across the floor of my workshop. I've got about 350 sq ft. Will try the hot water method tomorrow. thx!

Mandy87 5 years ago

Hot blow-dryer and a little sharp scraper

tom d 5 years ago

what about using a wallpaper steamer for removing old carpet mastic

Sharona 5 years ago

I got the yellow glue blues...Before I go for the hotwater method,does anybody know of it will hurt the surface of linoleum? I found a beautiful floor under the nasty carpet in my 1955 sunroof.

John and Robyn 5 years ago

We recently installed an above ground pool and on the deck was old carpet- we wanted to remove and replace. We could not get it to come off and we tried using chemicals, no luck! I did a search and found your boiling water method- it peeled right off!!!! Thank you so much!!!!! You saved us days of pain and labor:).

Clare 5 years ago

Dry Ice blasting is also a suitable option as it embrittles the glue and uses no chemicals and the glue just fractures away

Tom T. 5 years ago

I just finished "trying a scraper, $11.95) that fits into a reciprocating saw to remove the carpet mastic. I have been using power tools my whole life and was attempting to have the tool do the work when after 5 minutes the blade broke (not from improper use). I then went to the internet and found this site and the suggestion about the boiling water. I will try it tomorrow. One thing I am going to try, is to dam up about a 3 foot square area using rope caulking to contain the water. I will let everyone know how it works. Thanks again for the tip.

Annie 5 years ago

We removed the horrible rubber backed carpet from the basement of the house we just bought, but the awful musky smell is still there. We are running a new powerful dehumidifier and it leaked some water...yes yes yes the glue and residue rubber just melted off in the little puddle. Please tell me the horrible smell went away after you all removed the rubber and glue.

We had the house inspected twice, the basement walls are bone dry with no sign of mold anywhere, just the pungent disgusting musty odor that we are praying is from the carpet residue.

Deanna 5 years ago

I have also found that Watkins citrus tub & tile cleaner helps. I used my steamer and found it was really, really slow. I had some of this around and tested it on a spot- let sit for 10 minutes and it did a pretty good job of dissolving the glue. For a scraper, the best thing I found is an ice scraper for scraping ice off the sidewalks in the winter- made it sooo much easier on the hands and back to be able to stand upright!

Alberta, Canada

dr.jasim 5 years ago

thank u vvvvvv miuch i will try it

sammies 5 years ago

So I'm posting again. I got all the glue off but it took me 3 weeks. I tried about 5 different solvents recommended to me and then found ZEP floor stripper in the cleaning product aisle at Home Depot. The instructions say to use 1 part water to 1 part solvent and let sit 30 minutes. I put that $^!t on pure. (made sure to have a high grade solvent mask on)I let it sit for 20 minutes and the glue started to lift quite easily. Scraped it up and repeated for leftover stubborn spots. The other solvents worked but took over 3 hours to break the glue down and didn't work so well on the first try. I tried hot water but it cooled down too quick and some parts of the floor were unresponsive. The ZEP stuff worked really well. It just took so long on such a large room (800sq/ft).

Hope everyone else gets their job done.

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snakeslane 5 years ago from Canada

I am still laughing (although it's not funny) after reading comments posted here on the dreaded yellow glue removal. The microwave solution had me falling off my chair! I just came here for advice on how to remove old carpet and found people with a much worse problem than I have. Keep up the good work folks, so glad the hot water & elbow grease method is working for you!

I am trying to remove smelly old desintigrating carpet from a mobile home (luckily it isn't glued down). Any tips on getting the edges of the carpet that are stuck in under the wall paneling?

And yes the underlay has turned to toxic dust. I'm using a mask, but wondering if that is sufficient protection? Don't want to die doing this job.

Also,I noticed there aren't many how-to sites for doing mobile home renovations. Maybe I'll try some searching here.

Thanks so much for this formum. I really needed a good laugh! Kinda dusty...

Concrete FtSmith 5 years ago

Feast your eyes on this.... I do this for a living and this is what we use.

Elizabeth 5 years ago

Try Genkem glue remover. Expensive but it works.

Esra' 5 years ago

I will try this and hope for the best because the yellow glue on my tile floor has been there for years and I hope it wouldn't harm the or scratch the tile it self...thank you so much for the tip :))))))))

rosie 5 years ago

Use ammonia the glue comes up quick

Syble Dees 9-26-2011 5 years ago

I tried the boiling water and it works,thanks it saved a lot of work.

Matty 5 years ago

Razor blade scraper, easy but tedious gets the job done, pressure washing is another solution

Nina 5 years ago

I just took of a carpet from my 200 sq/ft balcony and realized that the conceret floor was painted before the previous ower used the yellow glue to instal the carpet. Anyone know how to take the glue off a painted conceret floor? I will try the hot water method on the weekend, but don't know if it's going to work.

FLAGOLFER 5 years ago

Thank you, thank you, thank you! I just took up outdoor carpeting from my lanaithis morning and the dreaded yellow glue is left behind. At least I was smart enough to try online first before going to buy anything to get it up. I find your post first so tomorrow morning I will try the hot water and the scraper. Thank you very much!

You have saved my alot of money and wasted time.

Joan 5 years ago

We are in the process of removing glued down carpet from the cement basement floor. Only about 3/4 done taking carpet up and I'm exhausted. We had no idea how to remove the backing and glue so I checked this site. I am PRAYING that the hot water method will work. It is such a large area...let you know how it all works out. Wish us luck!

Jean 5 years ago

I LOVE google!!

I have cats and my 16 year old male started using my carpeted dining room as his favorite litter box. I couldn't take it any more and pulled up the carpet and have decided to do something artsy with my cement floor. The yellow glue around the room perimeter has been holding me back. I got out my sander with coarse sandpaper but it did nothing to get the glue up.

I am going to try the hot water method! Much cheaper and green than using acetone and acids to try to get it off. This site has been great - and very entertaining, I must say!!!


fairleys4 5 years ago

I am trying to remove old glue from those sticky squares in my bathroom floor. My husband has used several types of adhesive remover and also scrapped as much as possible. You can still see the "score" lines where each square was. I am trying to get this removed so that we can stain the concrete. We were thinking our next step would be to rent a professional sander. It is a small area measures 74 in X 94 in. We are thinking of redoing all of our down stairs floors with the concrete stain. I don't think the rest will be nearly as bad as this bathroom as far as this adhesive goes. I have not tried the hot water yet. Any other sugestions?

Patrick and Marissa 5 years ago

Thank you so mucch for that information and tip. That was a total time saver. Thank you tha

nk you thank you thank you!!! We had to remove the carpeting in the mens restroom at the gym we work at and it was a pain in the neck to figure out how to remove the adhesive.

Linda 5 years ago

Well I have the glue marks on the sticky tiles from a rug I put in the bathroom at Christmas. I'm going to the hot water and a scraper....hope it works. Some told me to use nail polish remover, but that didn't help.

wagon412 4 years ago


Work fine with hot water.


Bo Stewat 4 years ago

Hello all,

I own a staining and engraving concrete business. It's called Design-Ur-Crete, check us out online @ Everything mentioned above, I can do for you. I use your existing concrete and transform it into the elegant look of tile, brick, wood, stone, slate and much more. Check out my website to see before and after pics. You will be amazed it's only concrete. Regards!

James 4 years ago

Great post- using this method now to get layers of paint and adhesive off old stair treads

sherry 4 years ago

What kind of paint can I use to paint over left over black mastic left on a concrete floor. What kind of paint will bond to the mastic?

Debra 4 years ago

I am removing rug (indoor/outdoor)from a family room. Underneath is some old blue sponge backing that has now aged, and in some cases harded to the plywood. Any tips on how to remove? It was put in in 1973. 4 years ago

hot water is fine but it may swell base materials

I have just had the horrible job to remove 260 sq meters of impact glue of chip board floor which was holding down carpet tiles in a studio . took two guys a week and a half . we tried different chemicals and we found white spirit had to be put down first 3 sq meters at a time then scrape it of with an angle head razor scraper 18 inches long(rigid body with blade at angle ) .be changed blades at about every 50 meters sq . the glue acme up like a snake skin and we ended up with plastic sacks filled with jelly like waste . our floors had to be painted so we had to get rid of every trace of glue. its a on your knees job and be careful with that blade ! patience ,determination and the right kit is the key .

Joan L 4 years ago

Wow! thanks for the tip. I am 70 yrs old and just got the carpet up in my garage. I sure will try your water tip. I may have it all up by the time I am 71!

Now on to painting the pink walls the previous owners left. Ugh.

Pam 4 years ago

Wow! I just googled how to remove carpet glue from cement flors and found your information. Awesome I tried it on some spots. Yea it works. It will take me time because, I have other jobs, but I am going to finish hall floor, then paint walls and then paint floor. Yea! I hate the old carpet in house and can not afford anything. This is wonderful. I wish I could start now but have to go and tutor. thank you, thank you

christine 4 years ago

Try a hot clothes iron. Put down a thin rag, like part of a t-shirt, and apply the iron for several seconds, then lift it and scrape of the glue.

Penny 4 years ago

Amazing! Boiling water & a shovel turned a nasty mess into a manageable clean up... Thank you!

Joyce 4 years ago

BRILLIANCE!!! We are changing indoor/outdoor carpeting on our pool deck. We used VERY hot tap water and it worked!!!

KH 4 years ago

You just saved us a bunch of money that we really needed. Bless you.

queenma 4 years ago

I would just like to say, OMGGGGGGGGGG. I've spent a lot of money to get that white crap of the concrete. I bought paint stripper and that took forever. I bought an electrical scrapper to help and that took forever. Thank GOD I came across this post. It's gonna make my life much easier. I have a 10x11 bedroom to do and I'm using this method for the rest of my home. Concrete staining is going in throughout my whole house. Thank You Soooo Much. :0)

chris 4 years ago

You do realize that the "black mastic" has asbestos in it right? The yellow does not but I am dealing with yellow mastic on top of black mastic for some reason the people that put the carpet in thought that would be a good idea. However, We are in the process of ripping up the carpets and 4 rooms came up pretty easily using carpet cutters and spud bars. The last 2 rooms have such thick yellow mastic that it is actually ripping apart the carpet into threads. This is the biggest pain in the ass I have ever had to deal with.

I have not found a decent method to get the carpet up so we are trying a tile grinder today to see if that will do anything.

For the black mastic with asbestos in it, you can use a chemical found here:

It is very messy and will stain wood or other surfaces so you might need to poly off areas but when you apply it and wait 15-20 minutes this stuff can be removed with the stroke of a squeegee. Also you will need something to dry the sludge like qwik-dry and water to wipe things down afterwards.

deere1 4 years ago

Buy an Ultimate Scraper they work awesome for removing carpet glue.

jim richaerdson 4 years ago

I'm a lazy arriant pilot and I tried to ge t the glue off my deck, It's hard workd and takeing alit of time My boos richard is complaining about too much water I sad fuck you qater boy eat shit Il odt aany signed Jim richardson reno nv

ebert 4 years ago

i got most of the glue off but there are still glue in holes will this be a prob if i stain the floor or what should i do? 3 years ago

hi just rip off 356 ft of glued carpet now i want put tiles down any one know on how to glue t he tiles over that terible glue is there any product i could put over the glue before i put down the cement glue on the floor ty i will try the water i hered about that before that its work ty john

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maricarbo 2 years ago Author

Thanks for all of your comments and suggestions, guys! Whatever works is good! I'm glad we are in the spirit of sharing!

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snakeslane 2 years ago from Canada

Omg! Here you are maricarbo! I left a comment here 3 years ago. It was your hub that introduced me to Hub Pages. Been wondering what happened to you! Welcome back!

Lizette 15 months ago

Your input proved to be quite valuable. Tenants glued carpet to a tiled floor. Hired a contractor who could not remove the glue by using harsh chemicals.

I was skeptical and thought this is to good to be true but tested it anyway. It was so easy to remove the glue!

Thank you for such valuable and easy solution to what seemed a nightmare.

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