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Tile we are removing carpet from a room that has probably been thre for 20+ years, so the padding is now a pile ofdust, but there is some left on the tile underneath. I have only tried hot vinegar water, but have had no luck. any suggestions?

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This will sound bad but you are going to need a scraper and a lot of work. You can buy a driveway type which is about a 6 inch scraper with a shovel type handle for about 10 dollars at most hardware stores.


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