Carpet glue secures the carpeting to the flooring below. If you remove the carpet, the adhesive from the glue will be left behind. If the flooring underneath the carpet is terrazzo, removing the carpet glue can be a bit tricky. Terrazzo offers the best of both worlds with the durability of cement and the look of marble. Even though terrazzo is durable, certain items -- including all-purpose cleaners -- will damage and dull the terrazzo flooring.
Read the directions and warnings printed on the carpet adhesive remover label. Each brand of adhesive remover will have its own set of instructions. Follow the directions for you specific brand.
Apply the adhesive remover to the carpet glue. If the remover is in a squeeze bottle, gently squeeze the remover on the glue. If the remover is in a large tub, dip a paintbrush into the container and paint the remover onto the glue in an even layer.
Allow the adhesive remover to soak into the carpet glue for the predetermined time as indicated on the remover's label. Typically, the time is 20 to 60 minutes. The adhesive remover will soften the glue making removal easier.
Scrape the carpet glue and adhesive remover off the terrazzo floor gently with a plastic paint scraper. Wipe the paint scraper clean with paper towels after each pass. Continue scrapping until you remove all carpet glue off the floor.
Wipe the excess adhesive off the floor with a damp cloth. Clean the terrazzo floor with a neutral liquid floor cleaner that does not contain acid or alkaline.