How to remove carpet

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

I have been removing carpet from all of the bedrooms upstairs...super fun stuff! The actual carpet removal is easier than I thought it would be and it provides some instant gratification when the carpet is gone. 

- gloves
- crow bar
- knife/blade
- tape
- cute canine helper
- nasty carpet that you no longer want 

Step 1: Take a picture of your old carpet in the room so that you can look back later and be very pleased that it is gone. 

Step 2: Use the blade to cut strips in the carpet, about 3-4 feet wide so you can pull them easily and roll them up for easy removal and disposal. Start pulling after making the cuts. (Don't cut too far, you don't want to damage the floor below)

Step 3: Start rolling the carpet and use the duct tape to secure the roll so it doesn't come unrolled and tick you off when you are moving it around! (Not that this happened to me............)

Step 4: Once the carpet is removed, do the same thing with the carpet padding. Roll it up and secure it with the tape. 

Step 5: You are left with whatever flooring is under that carpet! At my house, its some pretty nice wood floor that needs a bit of refinishing. There are also tacks of nail strips and staples that need to come up...I talked about those in the last post. Oy. 
Carpet is officially up in all of the rooms in the house! There is some on the stairs still but we are leaving that until the painting is done so we don't damage the floors any more. 


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