Removing a Carpet

 
Removing Carpet
 

Removing or replacing your old carpet is a simple way to upgrade the look of your floors. Whether it is stained, worn or maybe just in need of a change, carpet may need to be replaced every five to ten years, especially if it is installed in a high-traffic area such as the living room or main hallway. Removing carpet can be a relatively easy do-it-yourself project, especially if you plan ahead.

 

Prepare

 

• Before removing the old carpet decide whether you are going to refinish the hardwoods underneath or 
   just replace it with new carpeting.
• If removing the carpet is part of a room remodel, you may want to complete any painting prior to removal.

 

Safety Tips

 

• When removing the carpet, watch out for the nails sticking up from the tack strips spaced throughout 
  the room.
• Carefully remove all staples from the floor with a pair of pliers.

 

Savings

 

• Removing carpeting is an easy do-it-yourself project that can be cheaper than hiring a professional.


 

WHAT YOU NEED FOR THIS JOB:

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Step 1: To remove carpet installed with tackless strips, remove shoe moldings or other edgings and cut the carpet into manageable strips with a utility knife.

Remove shoe moulding with utility knife Pry up on the carpet corner and pull it free from the strip along both walls. Repeat the process until the entire carpet is free.
  

Step 2: To remove carpet installed with carpet tacks, simply slide a flat pry bar under one edge of the carpet and pry up several tacks.

Slide a flat pry bar under one edge of the carpet Proceed until all tacks are removed.
  

Step 3: If you want to keep the carpet in one piece, release one corner and work your way along the carpet section.

Release one corner to keep your carpet in single piece Once it has been released, roll the piece up and haul it away.