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:
- Goo Gone
- Mild soap
- Dry towel
Steps to Remove the Rubber:
- Soak the rubber or adhesive with water.
- 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.
- Repeat as needed until you remove the larger chunks of rubber.
- Sweep the area free of debris.
- Use Goo Gone to remove any remaining areas of adhesive.
- 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.
- If there is a stain that remains in the concrete after the rubber is removed, it could be that the oil from the rubber soaked in over time. If so, use the guide How to Remove Olive Oil from Concrete Floor and Wrought Iron to remove the spots.