Most homeowners know when it is time for carpet to go. They often become matted and frayed, look weathered or dull, and can start to wear and tear in places. Sometimes furniture marks can start to damage the aesthetics of your carpet after years of pressure. In other situations, carpet might become damp, smelly, or be ripped and torn from the million different activities that go on in households all over the world. Whatever the reason for your carpet removal, you will need to plan the job into a series of steps.
1) Move the furniture / pack shelves
You can’t just start ripping up carpet without first moving everything on top of the carpet out of the room. If this had not occurred to you, just think about the major inconvenience of moving all of the furniture and belongings out of a room and into another room of the house. It will be cramped, stuffy and uncomfortable, which is why you would want to minimise the amount of time that the floor in question is unusable.
2) Rip up can cut up the carpet and dispose of it
Once everything is off the floor, you may begin to pull up the carpet, cut it and dispose of it. We will discuss the finer points of carpet pulling, cutting and disposal later.
3) Remove the underlay and dispose of it
Carpet does not sit directly onto the floorboards or floor underneath it. There is usually padding of some description which acts as a protective barrier. This is called underlay and it must also be pulled up and disposed of. This will also be discussed below.
4) Prepare the floor – make any repairs / remove staples and nails
The state of the floor under the carpet will leave something to be desired. It will no doubt be dirty, dusty and may even be scuffed or have some more serious damage. Before you put carpet back down (If that is what you want to do), it is in your best interest as the homeowner to make repairs and do some maintenance while you have the chance.
5) Get the floor done by the carpet layer / sander
Depending on what flooring you have, and what flooring you want, you may need to call in a carpet layer or a professional sander. Of course, if you’re a DIY guy, you might want to attempt it yourself, but be sure to avoid common sanding mistakes.
6) Replace furniture / unpack shelves
As common sense dictates, once you are happy with the floor, it is time to move your belongings back into the space. This is another good opportunity to replace any furniture that is also getting old, and to give your room a new, revitalised and refurbished look!
Pulling up carpet sounds simple, but it can be fairly taxing if you are not sure what you are doing. Additionally, there is always the possibility that if you employ the gung-ho approach, that you end up causing damage to the floorboards underneath. Below we list the simple, yet essential steps in pulling up and removing carpet. Remember that the best way to approach carpet removal is to plan the details, acquire the correct equipment for removing carpet, have a spare pair of hands to help, and do it when the kids aren’t home.
A great tip to remember is always start in the corner. Of course, there is more than one way to bake a cake, but starting from the corner gives you a sense of order and control. It will also be quite fulfilling watching that carpet-less space get bigger and bigger, rather than pulling up random pieces from the middle and sides. If you cannot do it by hand, use a utility knife to slice a little notch which you can pull back on. Carpet is usually attached to tack strips, so you do not have to worry about damaging the floor underneath too much. Use two hands and pull the carpet smoothly off the tack strips (you’ll hear the satisfying ripping sounds) and towards the corner of the room.