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albany 02-21-2012 09:04 AM

Rubber Padding
Anyone know the best way to get off rubber padding from under an area rug that is now one with the hardwood?

user1007 02-21-2012 07:15 PM

SHARP flat tool to get what you can off. Plastic razor blades in a holder or something like them but larger would be a good choice. Plastic razor blades will come in handy for lots of things and they don't rust like metal ones.

Then try some rubber cement thinner. I think you can still get it in gallons at an art supply store. Work in small areas at a time as it evaporates quickly.

Products for latex paint removal should also work on latex rug backing residue---Goo Gone and Oops come to mind. Krud Kutter is another possibility but I know it comes with a warning that it may discolor hardwood floor finishes.

You should test for colorfastness and other damage to the hardwood floor surface in a small area no matter what you choose.


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