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Old 08-01-2011, 12:10 PM   #1
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I pulled up my living room carpet to find out that there is an unusual material underneath the pad. It is some sort of weave that appears to be glued to the subfloor with newspaper overlayed. We have removed everything we could, but most will not come up and it seems to be holding moisture (particularly with the high humidity). Anyone have any ideas how to remove?

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Ground floor or second floor? Does it look like landscape fabric?

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This is thre main floor, but there is a basement.
I suppose it could be landscaping fabric. It is green in color and has a heavy weave. The Newspapers date back to 1980.
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What happens when/if you wet it and let it soak a while? Will that soften it?
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I would take a guess that the fabric is part of some old carpet pad. Some of the bubble rubber pad(which was actually made from clay) had a fabric type backing which stuck to the floor almost like being glued. There is no easy way to get it up. Don't know why newspaper was put over it, but after 40 years in this business, nothing surprises me.
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When wet/damp, it seems to just absorb and stink. newspaper will soften, but the material doesn't.
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The only way I know to remove it is to scrape it. And then, if needed, sand off the residue.
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What are you planning on installing over it? And is this concrete or wood subfloor?
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We were leaning toward carpet. That's why my concern. If it continues to draw moisture, it will reuin any new carpeting placed down.
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Sounds like something I recently ran into....

In my situation, it was part of the old carpeting/padding. Seems the floor had been re-carpeted before, and the previous carpeting/padding had not been removed entirely/properly (and when I wet it, to try and help remove it - it absorbed the water and STUNK too).

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