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GoingINSANE 11-29-2009 05:39 PM

Old Rubber Padding on top of Hardwoods
I am new to this forum, new to home ownership and new to the world of hardwood floor. My husband and I bought a house that was built in the late 70's. The bedrooms had nasty carpet in them so we ripped up the carpet and in the master bedroom and another bedroom the carpet padding is completely and utterly STUCK to the floor. We tried scraping it off, putting some moisture on it *(yes I know water is the enemy of hardwood floors it was just a little)* I have read online that using a heat gun is the answer, a blow dryer, mineral spirits, etc etc etc. Thats fine and all and we have tried most of them. The fact is that there is entirely too much of it covering the floor for any of that to be efficient. I am wondering if anyone has any ideas. We are calling some flooring guys tomorrow to see what they suggest. The hardwood floors could use refinishing but we werent planning on doing that now, but if we have to get someone in there to do that in order to get the carpet padding off then we might as well. Having no idea how much it should cost to do so, could anyone give me a rough estimate per room or per square foot for refinishing then just putting a coat of poly on. Thanks!

Kelly :)

rusty baker 11-29-2009 06:27 PM

The pad they called "bubble rubber" actually wasn't rubber. It was made of a clay base. The only way I have ever found to get it up is to scrape it. I know that isn't what you wanted to hear, but I have been a flooring installer for 37 years and know no other way to remove it.

pinwheel45 11-30-2009 07:58 AM

I'm with Rusty, there's no easy way to do it. I use a sharp spud hoe.

As for cost of refinishing? Around here, we get $3/sq ft. That's turn key job, 3 coats of commercial grade poly & all materials, labor & equipment included.

msv 12-04-2009 07:34 PM

scrape it. only way. and that's not all of it. you WILL have to resand your floors to get all the pad remnants and the scraping marks out. also, one coat of poly will look like crap and will not give you enough protection for the floors. depending on where you live, and on who you hire, the cost can vary widely. I ,for example charge anywhere from $1.5.sqft depending on the job. on something like yours, i wouldn't touch it for less than $ 2.5.
just being honest.

Leah Frances 12-04-2009 08:38 PM

Everyone needs a project. Turns out yours is going to be scraping the rubber-crap off your floors.

Thankfully I only had to do 100 square feet of that crap.

Yet again, I'm drinking tonight and every toast is to the SOB who used to own my house.

rusty baker 12-04-2009 08:47 PM

Don't blame the previous owner. They were buying top-of-the-line pad. None of us knew what it would do. I doubt that even the manufacturer knew it would revert back to clay.

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