How To Get PVC Cement Out Of A Carpet

PVC cement is a construction adhesive that is thicker than paint and that’s used for filling small cracks in drywall, sealing the joints of vinyl tile, and for installing plastic sheeting. Although not highly toxic, it can cause skin irritation. There are several methods for removing PVC cement from carpets.


1 Begin by scraping up as much of the dried residue as possible using a putty knife or other flat-edged tool. It’s helpful to first heat the area with a blow dryer to soften the adhesive so that it will scrape off easily.

2 Next, mix a solution of hot water and dishwashing liquid in a bucket. Add just enough soap to create light suds. Dip a sponge into the soapy solution and squeeze out the excess. Rub the entire carpeted area with the wet sponge until it is completely saturated. Allow this to sit for several minutes before rinsing it off with clear warm water from a garden hose or utility sink. For difficult spots, use an old toothbrush to rub some extra soap into them and allow it to soak overnight before you rinse it off again in the morning.

3 If necessary, scrub stubborn stains using a powdered oxygen bleach product such as OxiClean mixed with warm water according to package directions.

4 Once the area is clean, lay a damp cloth over it and place a heavy book or other flat, weighty object on top of the cloth to absorb moisture. Allow this to sit overnight before removing it.

5 Replace your carpet if there are any noticeable signs of discoloration left behind after cleaning. Peaked edges could indicate that you’re going to need professional help in replacing your carpet altogether.



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