How to Remove Carpet Glue from Wood Stairs

When you  removed old carpet from wood stairs then you may see mahogany treads or oak with very beautiful look compare than refinished.Now you have to remove from carpet glue from wood stairs.Here is details process.

Types of Carpet Adhesives

Most of the carpet glues available in the market are spreadable and yet water-soluble. As a result, the water-soluble ones don’t dissolve in water if they are dried. Carpets that you use on the wood are mostly self-sticking carpets.

The glue used in this process is like foam and getting rid of these is trouble. Regular spreadable adhesives are easy to remove while the water-soluble ones are difficult. 

Right Carpet Glue Removal Solvent

Removing carpet adhesive required a plethora of solvents. It helps soften the glue and takes it off easily. But not every carpet adhesive remover will work on every adhesive and thus, it is better to get the manufacturer-recommended glue remover for the specific type of glue.

In the removers, mixtures of petroleum distillates are added for taking off the product. In case you deny using the store-bought removers, the best options to pick up are denatured alcohol or mineral spirits. Just like removing dried latex paint, these help in keeping away the dried carpet adhesive.

Step 1:

The dried adhesive is hard and a metal paint scraper can remove the dried glue. Start by scraping the wood stairs with the metal paint scraper and remove the dried glue. Instead of a metal paint scraper, a putty knife can be helpful too.

In cases, the whole dried glue comes off in a whole and you don’t need to put effort into taking off the residue anymore. But this doesn’t always happen.

Step 2:

Take a dry rag and make it wet. Add some glue remover on the soaked rag but make sure you don’t add too much. Instead of adhesive remover, mineral spirits can be an amazing option to pick up.

If you don’t have mineral spirits, get some denatured alcohol for the process of taking off the dried product. Add the solvent to the glued area on one stair tread and riser.

Step 3:

Give it some time and let it sit on the surface of the wooden stairs. It might take 5-15 minutes for the remover to set in that position. 

After the specific time period noted by the manufacturer, you have to take it off. The solvent might dry out in course of time. In that situation, refill it. In this process, the treat will be covered with plastic sheetings. It will stop evaporation and help the solvent remove the glue taking more time.

Step 4:

Again get your hands on a metal paint scraper and take off the residue of the product. A putty knife will work the same as the metal paint scraper.

Slowly, scrap off the product and throw it away. Take a rag and moisten it with some added glue remover. Wipe off the residue of the product carefully. It will not take off the entire residue but most of them will vanish!

Step 5:

Get a palm sander for sanding the residue. With it, start sanding and taking off the residue from the tread and riser. As sandpaper, use the 100 or 120 grit ones. Try to stick to the coarse sandpaper.

These can remove the adhesive quicker and better but in this case there will be scratched. Fine sandpaper is better for staying away from scratches but these take time to work. For hardwood floors, fine sandpaper is fine. Pick up anyone for the wooden stairs.

Step 6:

Stick to the same sandpaper grit you used in the sander and go through the treat and riser once again. Use your hands here and with the paper, remove the orbital marks.

When you are removing the glue from the wood stairs of the house, this step is necessary as it helps in refinishing the steps.

You can also avoid this step but we recommend you go through it. While using the sandpaper, make sure you run the paper with the grain of the wood. Never go against the grain otherwise it will ruin the smoothness of the surface.

Step 7:

Wipe down the stairs with a rag carefully. Before that, vacuum the sanding dust with a vacuum cleaner.

Ensure there is no dust and debris before wiping the stairs. The rag used for wiping the stairs must be damp. Now, it is time to paint and refinish the tread and riser.

Step 8:

If the adhesive cannot be removed with the regular adhesive remover, stick to the white spirit for the process.

Use it on the floor, let it rest, and then remove it with a scraper just like before. Remove the residue with the help of a damp towel. 

NB: Carpet adhesive remover or white spirit glue removal process is a complicated process. As you are dealing with chemical solvents, it is recommended that you do it in a well ventilated area. Adequate ventilation will remove all the toxic fumes of the chemicals keeping you safe.

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