Rubber backed carpet removal, residue on wood floor

Q: I did a rubber backed carpet removal, and the old rubber-backed carpet has left hardened residue on my pine wood floor. How can I get this off?

A: You should be able to scrape most of it off with a flat blade trowel and hand scraper with a double sided blade. The floor may need to be professionally sanded afterward.

Q imported from our old site, Face Lift Floors: I’ve recently had my carpeted stairs redone with oak hardwood to match the old hardwood at the base of the stairs. They removed the carpet and to my surprise, the carpet left glue/carpet residue on the old hardwood. The old hardwood was poly finished. What can be done to remove this glue/carpet/mess residue? Are there any chemicals capable of not damaging the poly finish of the old hardwood and at the same time remove the glue?

A: It sounds to me like you need to have your stairs sanded and finished. I will add at this point that I have never met a floor/wood refinisher who was also a chemist. Your safest bet is to have them sanded to bare wood and finished from scratch, in my opinion.

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