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I have a mid-century ranch house in the Seattle area (moisty, mossy). A previous owner decided to apply green "outdoor" carpet to the stairs and back step.

I give the carpet credit for lasting maybe 35 years, but it has deteriorated to the point where it is peeling off and a danger to anyone who uses the stairs.

I want to remove the carpet entirely, but it is glued down and is putting up a fight against mere pulling.

Question: Can anyone recommend a way to remove the carpet before someone gets hurt? A bio-friendly solvent to help get rid of the glue? Soaking the carpet in water? Some kind of scraping tool perhaps?

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There really is no easy way, this will require mechanical removal. Try starting with a long-handled floor scraper:

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Then you will likely need to remove residual adhesive with a razor scraper:

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