How To Remove Carpet
How To Remove CarpetRemoving carpet is a simple home project. With the right tools and some elbow grease, you’ll be able to get this done in no time! Let’s dive into the steps of removing carpet in your home.
Step 1Before you start ripping up that old carpet, you’ll want to make sure there isn’t any debris or obstructions. You need to move any furniture out of the way and remove doors as needed. If you have a transition from carpet to another flooring type, you need to remove any transition strips. For your safety and comfort, you’ll want to wear a pair of gloves and kneepads to save your knees.
Step 2Now it’s time to get down and dirty! Your carpets are attached to the floor with tacks around the entire perimeter of each room. Use a pair of pliers to grab a corner of the carpet, and once you have a good grip, pull up. Once the carpet is detached enough, just grab it with your hand and continue ripping it up.
Step 3As you remove the carpet, cut it into 5-foot strips. Roll each strip up and tie it up so it stays together.
Step 4If there’s padding underneath the carpet, you pull it up the same way you pulled up the carpet. Start at a corner, pull it up, and roll it in tight rolls. If the padding is attached with glue, you’ll want to use a floor scraper to remove the chunks and adhesive.
Remove the Carpet Pad
If there’s carpet padding to remove, follow the same steps as for removing the carpet. Padding generally comes in smaller pieces, so it’ll be easier to handle, and it’s a much lighter material, so you may be able to roll several pieces together at once.