How do I get carpet glue off of a rough finish concrete floor?

by Linda
We took our indoor outdoor carpet up and the backing stuck to the glue which is also stuck to the floor. The floor does not have a smooth finish, it is rough like a broom finish.
  15 answers
  • Carol Hando Carol Hando on Jan 25, 2016
    I used steam. You might rent a wallpaper remover from the local rental place. It has to be hotter than the floor steamers, but it softened the glue on our wood floors.
  • Country Design Home Country Design Home on Jan 25, 2016
    Heat and a wire brush to get into the grooves.
  • Valerie Valerie on Jan 25, 2016
    Here is a link which has several excellent suggestions:
  • Hope Williams Hope Williams on Jan 25, 2016
    Hi Linda. We did this a couple months ago. We just used scrapers to get up any left over padding. Then we rented a round floor buffer. We got the sanding heads from the rental company and it took the excess glue right off with just plain water. The buffet does all the work!!
  • Julie Arteaga Julie Arteaga on Jan 25, 2016
    I used an electric sander, I don't know what you're doing but mine was in a basement and I wanted to paint the basement floor. After I sanded it, I put an oil based primer down on top of it
  • Connie Connie on Jan 25, 2016
    Hi! You could use goo gone. The local auto parts store also has an excellent adhesive remover in their paint section. worth a shot.
  • Salena Bohme Salena Bohme on Jan 25, 2016
    Hot soapy (dawn) water on a rag. Let it set a few minutes. A green scrubber. . For stuborn spots I use a puddy knife.
  • Bob Mccoy Bob Mccoy on Jan 25, 2016
    you can buy carpet adhesive remover from a carpet tools and supplies store
  • Erin Hugar Chavez Erin Hugar Chavez on Jan 25, 2016
    We had this problem when we pulled up our laminate. I think if we had sprung for it, and rented a floor sander from Home Depot, it would have been different; but funds were short so we just used a pole sander to get at those horrible carpet glue spots. They didn't all come up, but using a pole sander DID level it to the cement and allowed us to paint over it with ease. If you're painting the floor - make sure you wait the full dry time before putting on a protective layer. AND it really takes a full month for the protective layer to cure.
  • Sharon Boughner Sharon Boughner on Jan 25, 2016
    Try using a heat gun on it to soften it, then scrape it up.
  • Dottie Unruh Dottie Unruh on Jan 25, 2016
    We wet the area down, sprinkled a thick coating of automatic dishwasher powder on it, covered it with a wet towel and left it overnight. Voila! The next morning the adhesive was all softened and easily taken up with a putty knife.
  • Ralph Testerman Ralph Testerman on Jan 25, 2016
    You can spray citrus cleaner on the glue and let it set for A while, then scrape it with A floor scraper
  • Anna Anna on Jan 25, 2016
    If your floor is cement just use a paint scraper. The kind I am referring to has a 4" razor blade. Every speck of the glue will be removed immediately with very little effort
  • Cathy MatkoskyBostic Cathy MatkoskyBostic on Jan 27, 2016
    I have used a hairdryer and a putty knife!