How To Remove Carpet Pad Stains From Hardwood Floors

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After years of savings, you finally just bought the house of your dreams, but it needs a lot of renovations. From the floors to the walls, everything needs a change. You are looking at the old carpet on the floor, and you hate it and are terrified about how on earth you will be able to change this and get rid of the stains. Now, this is when this article will come in handy for you. We will provide you all the tips you need about how to remove carpet pad stains from hardwood floors and much more information!

We tell you everything from all the different products you will need to small techniques that will make a lot of difference. Please do not panic about the products because most of them are simple household items that you have lying around. Let’s first look into how to remove the old carpet.

*Before you start stripping the carpet, make sure to read the whole article and understand fully. Do not start ripping your carpet and following the instructions as you read!*

How To Remove The Old Carpet?

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The first step you need to do is, make a small slit on the corner of your carpet. Before you make this slit, try and locate the carpet strips, which are essentially a wooden piece that is nailed down to corners of your floor. Using a pair of pliers, start ripping the carpet carefully, ensuring that you do not damage the wooden floor underneath.

Another way to do this is by cutting your carpet into manageable strips and ripping them off, and rolling them it smaller packages so that they can be easily disposed of. Even though this is a little more time-consuming, we would suggest you do this because the smaller rolls of carpet can be easily disposed of or stored somewhere. If you just rip your whole carpet off in one piece, then you will not be able to keep the large piece of carpet anywhere.

Experts suggest that you rent a dumpster according to the amount of waste that will be made. This is a crucial aspect because what will you do once you tear down your carpet! You need someplace to keep it, and a large dumpster would be a great way.

How To Remove Carpet Pad Stains From Hardwood Floors?

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Now on to the most important part, how to remove carpet pad stains from hardwood floors?

It can be a time-consuming job; it is so satisfying to see the clean wooden floor underneath it after all the work you put in. You only need some commonly available products and equipment, and you are good to go!


  • Before you start cleaning, make sure you have all the safety equipment like gloves and masks. This is very important because you will be dealing with some chemicals, and you don’t want them on your skin, especially if you have sensitive skin. Although these will not directly affect you that much, it is best to safe than sorry.
  • Before using any of the solvents suggested or just any solvent, you want to use in general, make sure to test it. Try cleaning a small area on the floor, which is not evidently visible using your preferred solvent, and see how your floor reacts. Each wood flooring is different and may react badly to some solvents, so it is best to test it out before damaging your floor.

These steps are relatively straightforward, and you need not worry too much.

Step one: Try to scrape off and remove as much as your carpet of the floor. This will make it easier for you to clean off the residue adhesive on the floor. We suggest that you use a plastic bench scraper because these come in really handy in times like this.

It would be best if you only used a plastic scraper. A scraper or any other material will damage your floor, so be careful while scarp.

Step two: Use a solvent to soften the leftover rubber or adhesive on the floor. Spray your solvent generously on the places which have larger bits. After a few minutes or after however long, the bottle instructions tell you to leave the solvent, scrub the Pieces of rubber gently without damaging the floor. You can use a wet cloth and some water for scrubbing.

Now, there are so many different solvents available, so we will save your time by doing the research for you and giving you some options to choose from.

Different solvent/lubricants that can be used:

  • WD-40 is one of the common choices of people. The WD-40’s website describes the product as “A fast-acting penetrant with capillary action to penetrate deep into crevices, threads, and seams to break the rust bonds that hold stuck parts together.” This will help to loosen the adhesive off the floor, and it can be cleaned afterward. These are available in many places like Walmart,, and other auto shops.
  • Another solvent preferred by experts is Orange-Sol Solvent. This is just an alternative to WD-40. According to Amazon, it removes “silicones, caulks, roofing tar, floor adhesives.” Just like the previous solvent, Organe SolSolvent can be found on, Walmart, and other auto shops.
  • Similar to this Murphy’s Oil Soap. It is just like the two other solvents previously mentioned; you can find it on too.
  • Some people like to use mineral spirit. It is similar to paint thinner and is also very useful to remove the residue. This may not be as effective as the ones listed above, as alcohol can evaporate quickly, so it may need more of it than usual.
  • This may sound weird, but another unconventional material that can be used is peanut butter. Experts say that the natural oil in the peanut butter can easily break down the adhesive and rubber. However, it would not be possible to et so much peanut butter to use for the whole flooring. It only makes sense to use it for some small places. It is can also be a big pain to clean, as it will leave your floor slippery and sticky, and it will smell like peanut butter.
  • Some citrus-based removers that combine “citrus fruit extract and propane” will also be very helpful for you to use.

We think we have given you enough choices to pick from and they are also very easy to find. You can simply click on the links in the article, and it will direct you straight to the Amazon page of each of these products.

Step three: Once you have scrubbed off most of the adhesive and rubber, go over the place that still has some residue and scrape it off.

Step four: After scrubbing off every last bit of rubber from the floor, use a bucket and fill it with a mixture of water and a little bit of any type of cleaning agent. Mop the whole surface clean, making sure there is no residue of the products that you used.

However, make sure to wring out the excess water before mopping your floor because excessive water can also lead to damaging your floor. The moisture causes it to swell up or develop mold and other pathogens.

Step five:  After moping, let the floor dry!

Step six:  Stand at the end of the place that you just cleaned and enjoy the victory! Good job! You have managed to clean it perfectly!

Your house now looks perfect and beautiful! Add your own favorite touches to it truly make it the home of your dreams!

After this, you can either choose to lay a new carpet, or you can leave your floor as it is, but before leaving it like that, make sure to check the quality of the wood floor and look into any extra alterations and fixings that it will need.

Everything in this article is just small tips that help you finish your task on point. They are not some life-saving hack, but they are just points that differentiate between simply finishing a particular and perfecting it! If you follow them, then you would have unquestionably perfected it!

You probably googled “how to remove carpet pad stains from hardwood floors?” with fear after looking at the mess underneath your carpet, but now you have managed to conquer it, and we are sure that you did a good job!

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