Carpet Removal Made Easy
Removing carpet can often cost a small fortune if you hire someone, but doing it yourself is actually not too difficult at all. With the right tools and a helping hand, you can clear out an entire room in just a couple of hours.
- Dust Mask (don’t underestimate how dusty an old carpet can be)
- Flat head screw driver
Step One: Clear out the room
Remove all furniture and doors from the room. This will make it an easier and smoother process.
Step Two: Lift it up
Gently using a flat head screw driver, edge around the corner of the carpet about 5cm each way trying to lift it up. Once it’s up and no longer secured in place, lift it back and drag across into the middle of the room. Use your flat head screw driver to get between the carpet and any tacks or staples if you get stuck. Repeat this on the other sides until the carpet is completely up. Roll it up and take it out.
Step Three: Repeat with the underlay
Repeat the process as above for the underlay, but as this will be stapled, pliers will be more helpful if there’s any tough spots.
Step Four: Get rid of the staples
Once the room is completely empty, run around with the pliers to remove any remaining staples from the floor. Before you take the mask off give the room a good vacuum and if you’re preparing to lay down more carpet, a heavy duty mop is beneficial - just make sure there’s at least 24 hours between the new carpet going down for it to dry off!
And that’s all there is to it! See - not so hard is it?
Some extra tips to make it an easy process include:
- When removing carpet from stairs make sure you start at the top and pull out and down.
- If it’s a concrete base then the underlay will most likely be glued down, use a floor scraper to get rid of anything that doesn’t come up straight away.
- If you’re re-carpeting, have your carpet installer come in and look at the remaining tack strip - it might not need to be completely replaced if it’s in good condition.
- If you’re not re-carpeting, remove the tack strip using a flat head screw driver as a lever.
- To make the carpet easier to remove, while you’re pulling it up cut it into sections - much easier to carry out.
- Always wear secure shoes while you’re walking around a freshly de-carpeted room. Rusty staples and tacks in the feet are the last thing you want to be dealing with!