How to Remove Old Carpet
HOW TO REMOVE OLD CARPET
Is your old, dirty carpet hiding a beautiful hard wood floor? Remove the carpet.
- Vacuum the carpet to cut down on dust as the carpet is removed.
- For protection, wear a dust mask, heavy work gloves and sturdy, thick-soled, close-toed shoes.
- Cut into manageable sections with a carpet knife or utility knife without cutting into the floor.
- Roll up that section and wrap a piece of duct tape around the section to keep it from unrolling.
- Pull up the section of padding, roll it up and wrap with duct tape also.
- Use pliers to remove the staples that held the pad down. Pull them straight up to keep from making a larger hole, If the staples are tight against the floor, tap a small flat-bladed screw driver under them to loosen enough to pull out with the pliers.
- Once all the carpet, padding and staples have been removed, use a pry bar to pull up the tack strip that runs around the room. Remove any extraneous nails with a hammer claw. Be careful – those nails are sharp.
- Sweep of vacuum the floor.
Now the floor is ready to be refinished sandlessly!