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Removing glued floor coverings: quickly & efficiently

Removing glued floor coverings can be a time-consuming and labor-intensive job. Whether you want to replace an old carpet with a new floor, or remove a glued-down carpet from the stairs, the process requires patience and the right techniques. In this article we discuss the steps and methods to efficiently remove glued floor coverings, including extracting glue pieces.

The preparation

Before you start removing the old carpet, it is important to make the right preparations. Especially when it involves removing a carpet from the stairs, for example. Therefore, follow these steps carefully to ensure that the process runs smoothly:

Step 1: Gather the necessary materials and tools

Is the carpet on the stairs or is it glued down? 9 times out of 10 it is firmly attached and you must of course first remove the old carpet and remains. Make sure you have all the necessary materials and tools on hand before you start. As you may have read before, removing carpeting (from the stairs) is a difficult job. This includes a face mask, a box cutter, a putty knife or scraper, a stripper, a sander and possibly an adhesive remover.

Step 2: Prepare the space

Before you begin, it is helpful to clear the space you are working in of furniture and other obstacles. This gives you plenty of room to move and prevents them from getting damaged during the removal process. Fortunately, removing carpet from the stairs usually involves only a few objects. 

Materials and tools

To remove stuck-on carpeting you will need the following materials and tools:

  • Face mask
  • Stanley knife
  • Putty knife or scraper
  • Stripper
  • Sander
  • Glue remover (optional)

Remove carpet

Now that you are properly prepared, you can begin the actual process of removing the glued floor covering. Follow these steps:

Step 1: Start at a corner

Find a corner of the carpet and use the box cutter to carefully cut away a small piece of carpet. Then pull this piece up to see how the carpet is attached.

Step 2: Pull off the carpet

If the carpet has been laid in strips, you can try to pull off the carpet strips one by one. To do this, use your hands and gradually apply more and more force. If the carpet is very stuck, a stripper can be useful to make the process easier.

Step 3: Remove adhesive residue

After removing the floor covering, adhesive residue may remain on the subfloor. You will notice this because carpet layers usually use white glue or brown glue. Use a putty knife or scraper to carefully remove the adhesive residue. If the glue is water-based, you can use warm water to help loosen the glue. If the adhesive is stubborn, a stripper can also help.

Removing adhesive residue

After removing carpeting, removing adhesive residue can be a challenging task, but with the right approach to removing stuck-on carpet you can achieve success. Follow these steps to remove adhesive residue efficiently: 

Step 1: Use oil or gasoline base

If the adhesive residue has been applied to the floor, you can use an oil or petrol-based product to loosen the adhesive residue. Apply the product to the adhesive residue and allow it to absorb for some time according to the manufacturer's instructions.

Step 2: Remove residue

Use a putty knife or scraper to gently remove the residue. Working in small sections, apply gentle pressure to pull off the residue. Be careful not to damage the floor during this process. This is a common problem with, for example, a glued carpet.

A remove floor or removing glue is a difficult job and that is why you can always contact us for this ZSM House Clearance. Our strong men will help you so that you no longer have to think about removing the carpet. Having your wooden floor, PVC or carpet glue removed is no problem at all for the men of ZSM Home Clearance.

Finishing the floor

Once you have removed all carpeting and residue, it is time to finish the floor. Here are some options depending on the type of flooring you want to install:

  • Inspect subfloor
    Check the condition of the subfloor. Repair any damage or imperfections before installing the new floor.
  • Installing the new floor or carpet
    Follow the manufacturer's instructions to install the new floor. Make sure the subfloor is clean, dry and free of residue before installing the new floor.


Removing stuck-on carpeting requires patience, the right techniques and tools. By carefully pulling off the floor covering and effectively removing adhesive pieces, you can create a good basis for installing new floor covering. Remember to thoroughly inspect the subfloor and make any repairs before installing the new floor. If the job seems too complex, it is always advisable to call in the skilled gentlemen from ZSM-Housing Clearance to ensure that the removal process is carried out correctly and efficiently. We always use professional materials of very good quality for removing floors.

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Help Center

Here are some frequently asked questions about removing glued floor coverings:

Can you reuse the carpet after you remove it?

In most cases, it is difficult to reuse glued flooring due to the damage that can occur during the removal process. It is advisable to choose floor covering for an optimal appearance and durability.

Can I rent a carpet stripper to remove glued floor coverings?

Yes, in many cases you can rent a stripper from a tool rental company. This can make the removal process easier, especially if the floor covering is firmly glued. To remove carpeting, it is best to contact ZSM-Housing Clearance.

How much does it cost to remove glued floor coverings?

The cost of removing glued flooring can vary depending on the size of the project and the methods used. It is advisable to request quotes from professional flooring companies to get an accurate estimate.

What is the best way to remove carpet residue?

Using an oil or gasoline based product can be effective in removing carpet residue. Apply the product to the adhesive residue and let it soak in for some time before carefully removing the residue with a putty knife or paint scraper.

Is it possible to remove carpeting from stairs?

Yes, it is possible to remove carpeting from stairs, but this can be a complex job. Removing carpet from a staircase can often be pulled off per step so that all adhesive pieces are easier to remove.