How to Remove Rubber from Concrete

Lexia asked: I tried to remove a rubber non-slip pad from my stained decorative concrete floors, and it left behind half of the rug pad that was still stuck to the floors. There is still lots of rubber stuck on the concrete, and I want to remove all of it without ruining the polish on my floors. I have tried to scrape them, but it is still not getting the rubber up. I am afraid that a razor blade will just scratch the floors. Any ideas?

Sticky rubber backing used for carpet or matting can create a stubborn bond with concrete once it’s heated and melted or otherwise bonded to the surface. There are plenty of ways this can happen, but no matter the cause, the solution for removing the residue is relatively simple. Here’s what you need to do.

You Will Need:

  • Water
  • Scraper
  • Broom
  • Goo Gone
  • Mild soap
  • Dry towel

Steps to Remove the Rubber:

  1. Soak the rubber or adhesive with water.
  2. Wait several minutes, then use the scraper to try to remove the rubber or adhesive. If you are worried about damaging the surface, choose a plastic scraper that will be less likely to scratch the surface.
  3. Repeat as needed until you remove the larger chunks of rubber.
  4. Sweep the area free of debris.
  5. Use Goo Gone to remove any remaining areas of adhesive.
  6. Follow Goo Gone with soap and water to thoroughly clean away any residue. Rinse well then blot dry with a towel.

Additional Tips and Advice

  • Depending on the size of your project, you can use a razor blade, putty knife, garden hoe, or landscape edger to scrape the floor. None of these should damage a concrete surface.


  1. RON says:

    The proposed solution was not adequate for our carpet tile removal from concrete. It starts to come up after a soaking of goof-off but requires way too much solution to be cost effective. Maybe a blow torch.

  2. Abid says:

    Dear sir/Madam,
    I have read your comments and agree with your solution. My problem is that I am working on a runway. Please advise; how may I remove the rubber deposit from the touchdown point and the oil and grease stains from the apron bay by using i.e caustic, soda ash and sulfuric acid etc.
    Thanks and best regards.

  3. Chu says:

    Goof Off stained the floor in spots. It was inadequate for most of the adhesion. Used a scrubber sponge and Dawn and it is taking forever but is working.

  4. Maggie M says:

    I tried the Goof Off and now I have an even bigger mess. My floor is sticky as can be and I have a layer of what feels (and looks) like gum on it! Now what do I do?

  5. Kelly K says:

    I had the same result as Maggie M. I tried Goof Off on a small spot, and now I have to have a lamp sitting on that spot. The Goof Off seemed to dissolve the polyurethane (or whatever it is) finish/polish that sits on top of the concrete, leaving an ugly scar. Goof Off might work for RAW concrete floors, but don’t use it on finished, polished concrete. I’m going to try the scrubber sponge and dish soap that Chu used. Maybe I’ll try a Magic Eraser too.

  6. Luke says:

    To the commenters above. Goof Off and Goo Gone are not the same thing. Make sure to buy the right product.

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