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When you replace a carpet in your home, whether it’s because you are trying to improve a room before selling or redecorating once you move in, it can be challenging.

Removing the carpet itself isn’t terribly problematic, and if you have some friends willing to help, it can be done pretty easily over the course of a day, but most times, you will see marks on your floor due to the glue that was used to keep the carpet in place.

Now, this doesn’t matter much if you are only going to install new carpeting; you can simply cover it up. But a lot of homeowners are choosing to go with the natural wood floors underneath, so those marks need to be removed.

Just by using a little elbow grease and following some basic DIY instructions, you can be enjoying a hardwood floor before you know it.

First, try to figure out what type of glue you are dealing with as not all glues are the same, and removing the different kinds can require different solutions and steps. For example, tar-based adhesives are dark brown or tan, while yellow-looking adhesives signify a carpet was glued down with a more general adhesive.

Next, visit your local hardware store and buy the appropriate removal material. Tar-based glues need mineral spirits to get the job done while general adhesives are best removed with some basic adhesive remover. Both require a good deal of that elbow grease we spoke about earlier.

Once you do, removing the glue is rather simple. Scrape off any spots you can, but don’t dig in too deep or you may damage the floor. Then add the adhesive remover, spreading it out evenly. Read the instructions carefully to ensure you keep it on for the correct amount of time. Also, since many of these can be toxic, be sure to wear gloves and keep the windows open to allow ventilation inside the room.

Always use a plastic putty knife to scrape the glue away as this won’t scratch or scuff the floor like a metal tool will. If the glue isn’t completely wiped away, follow the instructions again and add more remover to the spot. This time, use an old towel to wipe away the remaining glue.

Once all the glue is gone and the floor has dried, vacuum the area so no glue particles remain. Buy some floor cleaner and polish up the wood floor so it looks brand new, and enjoy.