Read Full Article here… lifehacker.com

Photo: ungvar (Shutterstock) If you aren’t the first owner of your home, you are likely to encounter out-of-date and worn carpeting. But sometimes, if you’re lucky, there are beautiful hardwood floors under the old carpet that are just crying out for their chance to shine once more. The tricky part, though, is removing the old carpet padding without damaging the hardwood in the process. How to prep the surface of your hardwood floor Before you start scrubbing, check the floor for staples. You can save your knuckles some abuse and make the clean-up simpler by removing any carpet tacks or staples from the floor. To avoid damaging your floor, you should slide a wooden stir stick under the pliers and push against that instead of the floorboard. Then, scrape away any large chunks or loose bits of the old foam padding with a plastic paint scraper. Try heat first Before you try any solvents, get out your hair dryer and set it to high. Try heating up the foam residue and scraping it away with your plastic scraper. Although this method won’t work on all adhesive types, it’s the least toxic method for removing the stubborn mess. Alternatively, you can also use a heat gun, but make sure the setting isn’t high enough to burn yourself or the floor while you’re scraping. If heat doesn’t do the trick, you can move on to solvents. Next, dish soap and water There are quite a few solvents you can use to […]