Sandy asked: How do I remove sticky latex from hardwood floor? The latex backing on my rug has turned sticky, and the 5×7 rug is now stuck to the hardwood floor. I didn’t have a pad under it, since it has a large bench on it and isn’t walked on. My housekeeper said that she didn’t mop under it and leave moisture. I want to clean this off properly since my home is a historic home, and the floors are original. The rug is being thrown out and replaced. Thank you!
This method is safe and highly effective when it comes to removing sticky messes from most surfaces, including finished hardwood. If your floors are unfinished, check additional tips and advice for an alternative that will work on your type of flooring.
You Will Need:
- Cloth scouring pads
Steps to Remove the Sticky Latex:
- Apply WD-40 to the latex. It is best to work in small sections.
- Wait up to five minutes. Thick layers of latex may require a longer wait for the WD-40 to penetrate and work. The WD-40 will break the bond between the latex and the floor and allow it to be removed.
- Once it is beginning to loosen, begin wiping the latex away with the cloth scouring pad. Be sure to change pads once they’re gummed up with latex to maintain effective cleaning.
- Repeat until all of the latex is removed.
- Use a soft cloth to remove any remaining residue from the WD-40.
Additional Tips and Advice
- Although WD-40 will not dry on the floor, it’s still best to work in small sections.
- Once you’re finished, use your regular floor cleaner to remove the WD-40 from the floor. If the residue remains, it will create a dangerous, slippery area.
- If your wood floors are unfinished, most attempts at cleaning will stain the floor. Instead, use fine grit sandpaper to remove the mess. Once it’s clean, re-finish to match the rest of the floor.