Can wd-40 get my rug unstuck from my concrete floor?

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Help I’ve tried tugging it it comes up very little

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  • Candy Candy on Feb 01, 2021

    I finally got the rug up not sure how to get the sticky or whatever it is ..no clue what to use to get it up

  • You can start by scraping it. Here's a link with more information:

    https://www.bobvila.com/articles/how-to-remove-carpet-glue/

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Feb 01, 2021

    Yes, scrape it up. There are tools for this, go to Home Depot or Lowes for them. You could try organic solvents like turpentine or mineral spirits to loosen the grip. You might also try contacting a carpet installing company, they might have a suggestion.

  • Em Em on Feb 01, 2021

    Use a 4" wide scraper (like a putty knife) and a hammer. Slide the blade against the part that is stuck and keep tapping with a hammer.

  • Mogie Mogie on Feb 01, 2021
    Scraping the Glue

    Scraping is usually the first method employed in the task of removing old glue from concrete. In some instances, a simple hand scraper will lift the glue off the floor. A hand scraper consists of a metal blade mounted on a handle or pole, but it may take more effort to use than you are willing to put into the job. In addition, some fragments may need to be removed with a razor blade scraper.

    If you want to avoid blisters, you may be able to use a power scraper or a scraper attachment for a reciprocating saw. Power scrapers are large, wheeled machines that take all the work out of scraping, and you can usually obtain one at a tool-rental store. If you have a handheld reciprocating saw, you can fit it with a scraper attachment, which is much easier to use than a hand scraper is.

    Boiling Water Removal

    Another method of removing glue from concrete that is often successful begins by boiling a large pot of water. After the water reaches the boiling point, pour it on the glue, and let it sit for a few minutes before it has a chance to cool. The heat from the water will soften many types of adhesives enough so that they easily peel off with a hand scraper. This method is not recommended for areas with electrical outlets and wiring near the floor.

    Removing Glue With an Iron

    If boiling water doesn’t work or if it is unsafe to pour large amounts of water on the floor, you may try to remove the glue with a hot iron. While the iron is heating, place several layers of newspaper over the glue. This will prevent it from melting and sticking to the surface of the iron. Run the iron over the newspaper to soften the glue, and remove it with a hand scraper. This process may need to be repeated several times.

    Chemical Adhesive Remover

    Stubborn glue may require you to use a chemical adhesive remover. If you have reservations about such a product, look for a solvent that has been proven to be environmentally friendly. Always follow the manufacturer’s directions for applying the adhesive remover, which should be clearly printed on the container.

    Most adhesive removers must be used undiluted, and they could have an adverse effect on the floor. Therefore, it is recommended to test a small spot before applying solvent across the entire floor. You will need approximately one gallon per 100 square feet, and it must remain on the floor for approximately 15 minutes before the glue is soft enough to remove with a scraper.

  • William William on Feb 01, 2021

    Everybody assumes you want to remove adhesive off the concrete floor. you just want to remove the stuck rug. Yes WD40 should work but there will be some waiting time. Another option is to try Goo Gone. it softens the glue and also removes adhesive.

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Feb 02, 2021

    You can use WD40 or vegetable oil to help loosen. That should help. You might try a steamer as well.

  • Seth Seth on Feb 02, 2021

    You can also use a heat gun or hair dryer to soften the glue.

  • Arrow Arrow on Feb 02, 2021

    Haha it'll never stick again tho..

  • Deb K Deb K on Feb 02, 2021

    Hi Candy, you can try to add a spritz of wd 40, and heat it with your blow dryer, work it in small sections, hope this helps you out.

  • Dee Dee on Feb 02, 2021

    Try using a hair dryer to soften whatever it is that is sticky. I have a tile scraper and I would use that to take off the goo.


    Acetone, the kind from the hardware store would also clean it up.But make sure you are in a well ventilated area

  • Since you already got the rug up, try a heat gun (be careful as it’s super hot) and a metal putty knife.

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