How To Remove Your Carpet

If you want to install new carpet in your home, you will first need to do some prep work. Of course, you can usually have your old carpet removed by the contractors who will install your new product. Alternatively, you can hire a different company to handle just the carpet removal and prep work. This is often the best way to find a competitive price for the job. You will need to shop around and get bids. However, you can make the job even cheaper if you do the work on your own. You don't need any specialized tools or training to remove carpet from your subfloor. This article explains the best way to do it.

Lifting the Carpet

In order to lift up the carpet, you will need to find an edge. You will usually need a screwdriver or sharp tool to pry away an edge of the carpet away from the tack strips. If you cannot do this because there is floor molding, you can use a utility knife to cut a slit into the carpet. Then, you can hook this with the claw side of a hammer and start to pull up the carpet. As you lift the carpet, you should cut it into smaller strips that will be easier to carry out. Usually, strips that are less than 5' wide are easy enough to carry. When working with the carpet, you should definitely wear thick, protective gloves. The carpet base is rough and sharp.

One the carpet is removed, the pads should be easy to pull up. The pads are much lighter and easier to haul out of the house. However, they might be stapled to the subfloor. If your staples stay stuck in the subfloor, you will need pliers to pull them out one by one. Also, if your pads were glued to the subfloor in anyway, you might need a floor scraper to remove any leftover residue.

Remove the Tack Strips

Removing the tack strips is often the hardest part because they are secure to the floor with large nails. A large flathead screwdriver and a hammer will work the best. You might need to hammer multiple screwdrivers underneath the strip at once. Then, you can pry up at multiple points for better leverage. This also prevents the strip from breaking into small pieces.

The last step is to clean your floors and you will now be ready for your new carpet installation.