Carpet removal and proper disposal of old carpet might be part of the deal when you buy new carpet, but if you are simply planning to install a new floor in your home yourself, you will have to take care of the carpet removal process on your own. Below are a few simple steps you can follow and, in no time, your carpet is removed and disposed of and you can move on to installing your flooring. If you do not feel you can do this on your own, call one of your area’s best removal services to complete the job for you.
- Cutting Carpet The carpet doesn’t have to go out of your house in one piece the way it came in. The easiest way to remove the carpet is to cut it into strips with a knife. Avoid using scissors because they require too much work and time on your part. First, lift up the carpet along the doorway or on an edge, and begin cutting it with the knife into 3-foot wide by 10-foot long strips. Roll up each strip you cut and deposit each section in a dumpster, trash can, or the back of a truck until you are ready to go to the carpet recycling center. Continue cutting the carpet into sections until it is all removed.
- Carpet Pad Removal The carpet pad is even easier to remove than the carpet. Cut the pad into strips in the same manner as the carpet and dispose of it.
- Removing Tack Strips As soon as the carpet and pad are removed, immediately remove the tack strips because they are painful if stepped on. All you need is a hammer and flathead screwdriver to remove all the tack strips from the room. Using the flathead screwdriver, pry up the tack strips from the flooring. If you have any room between the wall and tack strip, a hammer will work as well. When the wooden tack strips are removed, the hammer is needed to remove the nails that held the wood strips into place.
- Cleaning Up With most of the mess gone, you can make sure all the carpet glue and any remaining padding are removed. Scrape up glue and debris with a spackle knife or flathead screwdriver. Sweep up the remaining trash, and take the carpet to a carpet recycling center.
Your old carpet is gone, the room is now clean, and the floor is ready for a fresh, new look!