Sharon asked: How do I clean worn adhesive rug backing from ceramic tile floor. I have an old adhesive-backed bathroom rug on my ceramic tiled bathroom floor. Some water got on the rug and went through the rug, thus causing the adhesive backing to adhere to the floor in spots. In removing the rug, I found many areas where the adhesive rug backing has stuck to the ceramic floor. I need something to remove all the backing that remains.
Rubber backing stuck to the floor can be difficult to remove, but by no means is it impossible. Be prepared to spend some time working it loose and scraping it away. Read on to learn exactly how to remove the stuck on rubber.
You Will Need:
- Plastic scraper
- Nylon scrubber
- Mild detergent
- WD-40 or other lubricant
- Soft cloths
Steps to Remove the Backing:
- Begin by scraping as much of the rug backing away as possible using the plastic scraper.
- Next, apply the lubricant to a nylon scrubber, NOT directly to the tile. Some lubricants will leave a stain if they are poured onto the grout.
- Scrub the area until the backing comes loose.
- If necessary, the scraper can be used once the backing begins to loosen.
- Continue scrubbing until all of the backing and adhesive are removed.
- Once all of the backing and adhesive are removed, wash the area with a mix of mild detergent or soap and water.
- Rinse with clean water.
- Dry with a soft cloth.
Additional Tips and Ideas
- For stubborn areas, mineral spirits can be applied to loosen the bond and allow for easier removal.
- Once the area is clean, allow the area to dry completely before placing a new rug on the surface.
- Ensure all of the lubricant is washed away. Any remaining lubricant can make the floor slippery and dangerous.
- If you only have a stain from the adhesive, not any adhesive residue, use the guide How to Remove Oil from Tile and Grout.