It’s been a good run. But as with all things, there comes a time to part ways. And the time has now come for your floor and carpet to part ways.
And don’t worry, carpet removal is a simple DIY job – unlike fitting the carpet.
But simple as it is, you will still need a few tools for the job, no, not knee kickers and power stretchers – simple tools that won’t cost you more than $60. Let’s go through the list of tools, shall we? And then I will show you how to remove the carpet from wall to wall – nice, simple, and without breaking a sweat.
Carpet Removal – The Tools
Most of the tools needed for a successful carpet removal are the ordinary tools already in your toolbox.
- Carpet knife
- Duct tape
- Dust mask (you’ll be surprised at how dusty it is down there)
- Pry bar
- Floor Scraper
Great stuff! Now that your tools are at the ready, let’s get to the juicy bit – removing the old carpet. Before you begin, make sure to put on your gloves and the dust mask. Removing the carpet is a simple 3 step process so that can be done in an hour – more or less.
Step 1 – Carpet Removal
The best way to start removing your carpet is to start at one corner of your room. Try pulling it up using the pliers, if it doesn’t come away, this is where the carpet knife will come in handy. Use the carpet knife to cut a small 6 inch by 6 inch square in the corner. Remove this piece and then pull up on the larger carpet section.
A word of caution, your carpet is held down with tack strips and these can injure you if you don’t keep an eye out for them.
To make it easier on yourself, pull and fold the carpet into the center of the room. Pull about one-third of it into the center of the room and then cut it using your carpet knife. A quick tip concerning cutting – it’s easier to cut a carpet from the back than from the front.
Roll up the strip of carpet you have just cut and use the duct tape to hold it together. This method of cutting the carpet into strips and rolling it makes it easier to carry the carpet out of the house as the smaller pieces will be lighter than rolling up the carpet in one single piece. Disposing of the carpet also becomes easier.
From here on, the carpet removal is a piece of cake. Just keep on “peeling” it off, cutting, rolling, and duct taping until the carpet is completely removed.
Step 2 – The Carpet Pad
The carpet pad is a soft layer that is placed between the floor and the carpet when your carpet was being installed. It works as an insulator and also to add to the softness of the carpet by being a buffer between the floor and the carpet.
Fortunately, the carpet padding is usually placed in smaller sections, so your carpet knife won’t do much work here. Hopefully, your padding is stapled down, and not glued down because removing the glue is another task all on its own.
In the case of staples, they are only along the perimeter of the padding sections. Grab a section of the padding and pull off with your hands, being careful to avoid the staples as they can pierce through the gloves and prick your hands.
If the carpet pad is glued down, big pieces of it may remain stuck to the floor as you pull it off. Don’t despair, just pull out your floor scraper and scrape them off.
Roll up the pieces of carpet padding and duct tape them as you did with the carpet. The carpet pad is way lighter than the carpet so you can even double roll it to make it more compact.
There you have it, a successful carpet removal if I may say so myself. But the job at hand is not yet over.
Step 3: Inspect the Floor and Remove Any Loose
Once you’ve removed the carpet and the carpet pad, inspect the floor and remove any staples that have been left on the floor. Check the tack strips for rust. If there are any that are rusty, remove them as they will damage your new carpet if you lay it on them.
To remove the tack strip, find the nails that hold the tack strip to the floor, slide your pry bar underneath, then lift up on the strip. If they are stuck, you may need to use the hammer to loosen them.
Carpets Off – Job Well Done
Now that your carpet is finally off, you can give your floor a thorough clean in preparation for your new carpet (or new flooring). At this juncture, congratulations are in order for a job well done.