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Removing Carpet Glue?

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Hello All,

I would like to get started on one of my "winter projects" which is removing the carpet that is in my kitchen, that's right carpet in the kitchen! :plain:

I don't think I will be at this house more than a few more years so I was thinking of replacing the carpeting with something inexpensive like a stick-on tile or a roll-out vinyl?

I haven't started to pull the carpet up but when I had the refrigerator out there wasn't any carpet under it and it appears when they installed the carpet they glued it down. Does the glue need to be removed to make sure the new flooring goes down flat? If so how much of a process / PITA will that be?

I am looking at getting a line of credit on the house in the near future so I will be needing to get it appraised and I don't want to get into a big project and have the kitchen "under renovation" during the appraisal.
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I would get up as much of that glue as you can. If you are using a thin vinyl sheet flooring / thin stick-on flooring, then you need the floor to be completely smooth (no bumps or divots). Even a little bit of glue the size of a piece of rice will be noticeable when the vinyl is placed over it. Same with any divots / dents. When you pull the carpet up, check the subfloor carefully. Is it just plywood underneath?

If you're using thicker planks with built in pads then it doesn't matter near as much.

I just placed a whole bunch of the 12' wide thin sheet vinyl in several rooms. It's a great, very durable project. You can find it very cheap too. Of course it doesn't look / feel like luxury, but that's why it's so cheap.

Also be aware that the vinyl is probably a good bit thinner than your current carpet / pad. So switching our carpet for may have a small gap all around the perimeter of your kitchen where the flooring meets the wall / cabinet / etc (depending on how the carpet was installed). You can likely cover this gap with quarter round, but it's worth thinking thru before you make any definite decisions.
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Paint scraper should work fine. If it's real pesky, you could try an electric sander with a low grit sandpaper (60 grit or so). Sanding by hand is also an options of course. You may need to sand the floor anyway if the subfloor is a mess.

Most wood fillers should be fine, depending on the size of divots / gaps. Ask anyone at Lowes or Home Depot and they'll point you to an easy to use product to patch subfloor.
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