How to Get Rid of Old Carpets

Getting rid of old carpet and the padding that is underneath it in most cases can also be referred to as “tearing out” old carpet. To save money on expensive fees, such as delivery, labor, and dump fees, you might want to try and do it yourself. Don’t worry, after the first room; it’s a cinch!

Removing Your Old Carpets

To keep your utility knife dependable and productive, you must change the blade out whenever you notice it lacks in its effectiveness. When you are tired of the task at hand, be sure to take a break, a utility knife, and an exhausted hand makes for a terrible pair.

The first step to getting rid of your old carpet would be to remove your furniture from the areas that you are trying to tear up. Moving the furniture around the room as tear up carpet and padding can also be an option, but it is also a little more time consuming to continually rearrange your furnishings.

How to Get Rid of Old Carpets

What You Need to Get Rid of Old Carpets

To get rid of your old carpet, you will need these specific supplies on hand:

  • A pair of well-fitted gloves (preferably not rubber)
  • Large trash bags
  • Small trash bags
  • A pack of dust masks
  • A broom and dustpan
  • A hammer (for the nail remover side)
  • Shop vacuum
  • Pliers
  • Wastebaskets
  • Sturdy utility knife
  • Utility knife refills
  • Phone number to the hospital and the nearest carpet repair place

Make Sure to Vacuum Your Carpet First!

The next step in removing the carpet is to vacuum the carpet. You might want to sweep the baseboards and perimeter of the workspace before you vacuum. You should also cover the furniture (if you opted to keep it in the area) with sheets or plastic before you begin working.

While you are going to be removing it, you will also be kneeling and lifting, and so on, so it’s a good idea to keep the areas free of debris. This will also help with minimizing airborne dust.

Pulling the Carpet Loose

Step three in the process would be to walk around each room and pull the carpet loose on the outer edges by tugging on the fibers of the carpet with the pair of pliers; some places may need a little extra coaxing with the nail removing the end of the hammer.

Cutting the Carpet

Step four of our exciting expedition is to begin to reduce the carpet. You want to cut it into controllable squares. I recommend about the size of a doormat perhaps. Cut it like you would cut a giant birthday cake. Be careful not to cut deep enough to cut the padding, though that will make it tougher and more messy to clean up.

Plus, you might slice the flooring underneath, also known as the subfloor. The sub-flooring could be made up of vinyl, hardwood, or merely a compilation of layered plywood.

The next step would be to roll up each square of carpeting and padding and secure it with duct tape around the middle. Be sure to store the discarded carpet in a dry place until it can be disposed of; otherwise, it could mold. Now you are getting rid of your old carpet!

Finishing Touches

If you are having an installation company come in and install a new carpet or flooring for you, then step five would have been your final step. If you are a die-hard DIYer, then you need to know how to remove the tack strips in case you are entirely staying away from future carpet.

If you are installing more carpet, then it is wise to keep the present tack strips. To remove a tack strip, you will need your trusty hammer, your pliers, lots of trash bags, and patience.

Start by inserting the nail, removing the end of the hammerhead under the middle of the tack strip, and pealing it up off the floor until it starts to split in half. You will notice nails on the floor under the tack strip. I suggest dealing with these after you have removed all of the tack strips from the area that you are working on.

Cleaning up is the grand finale. Again, if you are replacing the carpeting, leave the tack strips exactly where they are, clean up around them, and spread the word of warning. Shoes MUST be worn and don’t play with them. You can go around with the pliers and the hammer and remove any superfluous nails or staples.

There will also be different tufts of carpet padding leftover. Be sure to sweep up all of the big stuff. Vacuum once again first with the shop vacuum to get the big thing that the broom missed, then with your household vacuum, to get the dust, debris, and smaller items.

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