Are you planning on removing your carpet? Well, at some point a carpet has simply seen the best of its time. If it was of good quality, you might enjoy it beyond ten years. But as a rule of thumb, a carpet needs changing every ten years.
Should it have stains that you can’t seem to remove you may want to consider carpet removal at an earlier point. This type of removal is easy to do, everyone can do it. Though it does require quite some strength. Should you hit a wall with your carpet removal project, you can always consult professionals.
Preparations For The Carpet Removal
No project works without some prep work. Unfortunately, you cannot simply start to rip up your carpet. We certainly understand if you’d love to get rid of that old thing right away. Before you start, check if you’ve got the following tools and equipment:
- Pry bar
- Utility knife with replacement blades
- Heavy-duty gloves
- Knee pads
- Dust mask
- Duct tape
You’ve probably got those tools at hand anyway, but it’s worth checking. If you don’t, they’re not much to buy. Now that’s sorted, you can start with further prep work.
Before you start the removal, the room you want to remove it from needs to be cleared completely. All furniture needs to find a temporary place elsewhere in your home. Summer would be perfect for carpet removal as you can store some furniture outside. As long it doesn’t rain, it’ll be fine in the backyard.
It’d provide you with some space and not cram your home while you remove the old carpet. Additionally, you should remove all doors that revolve into the respective room. That also includes closet doors. Make sure not even decorative items are left in the room either. Only when the room it completely clear, you can start with removing the old carpet. It’d be advisable to vacuum it thoroughly before you start to reduce the amount of dust that’s coming up.
Step-By-Step Carpet Removal Guide
Remove the baseboards
Baseboards cover the tiny space between the carpet’s rim and your walls and it makes it look nice. You may require quite some back strength. Thus, these baseboards are usually attached with countless nails.
Take your pry bar and carefully remove them. You’d want to make sure not to damage them as you can reuse the baseboards. Furthermore, bring them into another room to clear your working space once finished.
Start at a corner
It’s usually advised to start at the furthest corner from the entrance but it doesn’t really matter. So, simply pick a corner where you’d like to start. Thus, take your pry bar and run it underneath the corner of your carpet. When you can lift it up enough, use your pliers to pull it up further. Use your hands as soon as you can.
Once you started at your corner to pull up the old carpet, it should be rather easy to keep pulling. As you pull it up, you may already want to cut it into strips. While most suggest cutting it with a utility knife before pulling up the carpet, it’s best to do it as you’re on it.
The utility knife usually doesn’t cut through the back if you cut from the front. Cutting it from the back will be a lot easier. Roll the strips into bundles and secure them with some duct tape for easy removal.
Time for the padding
The padding is usually as worn out like your old carpet and has to be removed, too. The process is actually the same as with carpet removal. Simply follow steps 1 – 5 to remove the padding.
And you’re done!
That was pretty much all you need to know about how to remove a carpet. All you need to do is to have the remains collected by a junk removal. Also, since the carpet is removed, it’s a good time to check your subfloor for any damages.
You definitely should repair them before putting in your new flooring. Since your carpet is gone, you could also decide to give it a complete makeover. Give your room some new paint, replace windows, or whatever comes to your mind.
Why do I need to wear a dust mask?
Carpet is a highly absorbing material. No matter how diligent you are with hoovering, dust will always collect underneath your carpet. You can’t clean it with your hoover. As a matter of course, there will come up a lot of dust during carpet removal.
Why do I need the knee pads?
Knee pads are supposed to make the work more convenient for you. Moreover, you will be on your knees a lot and the floor can be a bit hard on your knees.
What do I do about all the nails in my subflooring?
Use a metal scraper to remove them all in one clean sweep. It’d be a rather tedious task to remove them one by one with your pliers. But, please do remove them or they’ll create an uneven surface for your new flooring.
My carpet is attached with glue and doesn’t want to come off. What do I do?
Take some boiling water and pour it onto a towel on your floor. Let it soak for an hour and try removing the carpet again. So, if you’ve got trouble with adhesive remains on your floor, pour some boiling water on it and distribute it with a mop.
After leaving it to soak for twenty minutes, you should have no trouble removing the old adhesive with a scraper. You could also use a heat gun, but be careful not to set your home on fire.
I’ve got a floor heating system underneath my carpet? How do I not damage it during the carpet removal?
If you have cables or a floor heating system running underneath your carpet, it’s best to contact a professional. Also, professional services know how to remove an old carpet without damaging a heating system or cables.
Parting Words On Carpet Removal
There you have it, now it’s up to you to decide the best way to deal with that old carpet. Try to create a healthy mix of comfort and cost management to avoid unnecessary headaches. Remember, as inconvenient as it can be, it doesn’t have to be that bad. Work smart, not hard!