Home projects can be quite expensive, and it is important not to take shortcuts on these investments. However, we should also try to identify tasks in which we can complete without jeopardizing our home’s value. A great example is removing your old carpet. There is a right way and a wrong way to go about this project. We put together a five-step program to follow to ensure you do it safely and correctly. Let’s take a look!
This task can be physically demanding. Before beginning this project, make sure you are up for the task at hand. You will need a few necessary tools: nuisance dust mask (optional), carpet knife, duct tape, floor scraper, hammer, flathead screwdriver, nail punch tool, broom and dustpan, shop vac, & garbage bag.
Remove All Furniture
First, you will need to prepare the room by removing all the furniture from the area. You will also want to remove any floor vents. You can put them back in once you remove your carpet. Next, make sure your curtains do not touch the floor. Simply, loosely drape them around one another in a gentle knot to give enough height from the floor. Lastly, you will need to remove your swing or sliding doors. For sliding doors, pick them up to remove them from the track. For swinging doors, use your hammer and flathead screwdriver to loosen pins from hinges then use your nail punch tool to push the pin the rest of the way out of the hinge.
Cut the Rug and Padding
Now you are ready to remove the old carpet and padding. If your waste management company will take your old, take-up carpet and padding, they may have a recommended size that the rolls must be cut. Typically, three-foot rolls will be fine. Use your carpet blade to cut your three-foot strips.
Roll up the Carpet and Padding
Next, you can roll your carpet and pad together or make the load lighter by rolling each separate. Use your duct tape to secure rolls from reopening. Carpet backing can be very unforgiving, so be careful removing the rolls from your home. If you come in contact with walls, you can easily scrape and scuff them.
Remove Access Staples, Pad, and Glue
After the carpet and padding have been removed, you can now see the subfloor. You will have a remaining pad that is caught in the staple or attached to old glue. Use your scraper to knock all the staples and padding loose. You do not want to remove your tackless strip! This will be used for the installation to come.
Vacuum and Broom Remaining Dust
Finally, broom up all the staples and padding scraps. Throw all the remaining scrap away in your trash bag. You can shop vac around the edges of the room to collect any remaining dirt and dust.
We recommend that you verify with your sales rep that there will be no issues if you remove your old flooring. If they give you the “good to go,” removing your own carpet will help you time and money. Just remember to follow the directions properly and do not take on the task if you feel overwhelmed or confused.