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Old 09-15-2010, 01:15 PM   #1
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I have stained concrete floors on the 1st floor of my house. Everything is fine except where I put an area rug at the bottom of the stairs. The rug is pretty small, so I put some anti-slip material underneath it (I don't know what the name of it is, but it's the foam stuff that you often find at the bottom of tool drawers). Anyhow, some of the material is now bound to the concrete. I was told not to use any chemicals on the concrete, so I am reluctant to try anything. Any ideas or thoughts? Thanks.

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Mild soap (dish soap?), hot water and a scrub-brush should remove it.

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I was told not to use any soap at all on the floors as it can affect the color of the stain.
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Then....hot water and a scrub-brush?

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I would try the hot water and scrub brush first as DM said. If that doesn't work, hold a hair dryer set on medium heat down close to it and try to scrape the stuff off with a smooth-ended plastic spatula Both at the same time.

Good luck!

Have you tried calling the company that installed it or the manufacturer of the cement stain? They may be able to help.

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Well, the scrub brush didn't work. I didn't bother to try hot water as the slab would have cooled it in a couple seconds (I agree that heat is prolly the key). I don't have a hair dryer. I thought about a propane torch, but I bet it's easy enough to linger on one spot with the heat and cause more problems. I will see if I can borrow a hair dryer and try that and I will report back. I've entered the lazy period in my life, so I am late in responding back to the thread that I started. In the meantime, I thought I would share some pics in case anyone is interested.

There are few places in the US where you can find stained concrete floors, but they're great. You have to give up a basement (typically), which is mandatory in the Jackson, MS area as the soil is too expansive for basement walls. You can sela or wax them once a year to maintain a bright shine - I don't on account of my dog, but I really like them just the same. Durable, attractive, low maintenance, and they run about $20/yd to score and stain - same price as a mid to cheap carpet, but much more durable.

Edit - one pic is of the messed up finish and the other is what it should look like.
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Steam it and gently rub it with a white scrubbee.
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What steps are needed to create a concrete driveway in place of a paved one? Can you go over it, or does the pavement need to be removed?
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Is the white anti-slip thing plastic or rubber? Try to melt it and then scrub.
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O.K. Thanks for replying...!
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If you were to START YOUR OWN THREAD rather than hijack this thread, I'm sure you would get all the help you need. It makes things a lot less confusing and easier for participants to focus on a subject.
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If you were to START YOUR OWN THREAD rather than hijack this thread, I'm sure you would get all the help you need. It makes things a lot less confusing and easier for participants to focus on a subject.

Oh No...that was not my intention...anyways thanks..
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I tired using a hair dryer on the residue and then scraping it - that didn't work. My neighbor brought over some cleaner that is supposed to be safe for all floors. It worked okay, but there are still black dots where the mat fused to the concrete.

I emailed a local concrete company, but my spider senses tell me I will not likely get a reply.

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