I installed outdoor carpet on my porch. The glue bled through in spots. What can I use to remove the spots from the carpet?

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    What type of glue did you use? A solvent based or water based glue? The brand name would be helpful in directing you to the correct chemical or process. – Ed Beal Aug 30 '17 at 0:31
  • I used Roberts Indoor/Outdoor Carpet Adhesive – Shirell Aug 30 '17 at 11:47
  • I'm curious if the carpet was inexpensive enough, is it worthwhile to remove, replace, and try again with a different method? Can you share a picture of the bleed through? I'm trying to picture how much work it might be to cleanup, and even if you get the glue to release/dissolve, getting that out of carpet could be a challenge in-itself. – noybman Aug 30 '17 at 21:57

Roberts 8000 concentrated stripper is suggested by mfg for glue removal. The roberts adhesive you used is a solvent free adhesive so best to use what they recommend. This a concentrated latex adhesive remover so you will want to probably apply it to a cloth and work the spots to remove the stains. Non VOC and enviromentaly according to the documentation.

  • Will this damage the carpet? – Shirell Aug 30 '17 at 16:12
  • It is used to glue it down so I would not expect it to cause damage but test a small area to be sure. – Ed Beal Aug 30 '17 at 16:19
  • The problem is that I used Roberts to glue it down, but the glue bled thru the carpet in spots. That's what I need to remove. – Shirell Aug 30 '17 at 16:40
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    I understand you used their adhesive. roberts 8000 is a concentrated stripper made for thier adhesives. There are many latex strippers out there but for best results I use one made by the same company or recommended by the company that makes the adhesives if I spill some or have bleed through at a seam. – Ed Beal Aug 30 '17 at 16:46

Try acetone nail polish remover.enter image description here

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    Almost all carpet is made from plastic (i.e., recycled soda/popbottles)... Acetone will eat this plastic material and make a much bigger mess. – noybman Aug 30 '17 at 2:54
  • It comes in a plastic bottle. I use nail polish remover as a glue remover all the time, works great. – NPM Aug 30 '17 at 10:25
  • Will nail polish remover harm the carpet? – Shirell Aug 30 '17 at 11:49
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    I'm near positive it will harm the carpet. No acetone does not eat all plastics, but if you are going to try to use it on the carpet, test it on a scrap. – noybman Aug 30 '17 at 11:54
  • I'm not making this up, I do this for a living. – NPM Aug 30 '17 at 19:19

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