How to Remove Carpet
Posted by Aaron Schaalma
Removing carpeting to reveal the hardwood floors beneath can be a daunting task. However, with proper care and attention, it is possible to remove the carpet without damaging your beautiful wood floors. It is important to take the time and effort to ensure that you don't leave deep gouges or scratches in the wood floor from cutting the carpet too close. In this article, we will discuss some useful tips for removing carpeting when you find that there are hardwood floors underneath.
How to cut up carpet for disposal
When you cut the carpet, be sure to cut it in 3 to 4 foot lengths. It depends whether you're getting rid of it yourself or putting it by the curb. Check with your garbage disposal on how section size affects your disposal rates.
When you're cutting the carpet, pull up a little corner of the carpet, lift, and cut as you go along. If you cut too far down through the carpeting, you'll actually hit the wood and leave a scar. This may create a mark that goes all the way across. It's important to lift the carpeting as you cut, and roll it up.
How to dispose of carpet quickly and easily
There's a trick you can do to roll it up and create a handle which makes it easy to carry out.
See the video for a demonstration about how to do this (6:20).
How do I remove the pad underneath the carpet, above the hardwood flooring?
Once you do that, you'll want to remove the pad. Pull the staples with a nail puller. The nail puller works really well because it rolls. Depending on how embedded the staples are, you may need to use a small screwdriver or a five-in-one painter's tool, which has a point on it that gets the embedded staples out.
The best way I've found to remove the pad is to get a flat bar or cat's paw to get underneath the nail and pry it off.
Tools to remove carpet and padding
To remove carpeting, staples, and the tack strip, consider using these tools:
A gentle squeeze works best with the nail puller, followed by a soft rocking motion.
Removing a carpet can be a daunting task, but with the right tools and techniques, it can be done quickly and safely. First, I gather the necessary materials needed for the job including a utility knife, a nail puller, a hammer, and a cat's paw. I use the knife to cut the carpet into sections and roll up each piece. The nail puller works really well for removing staples. This is how I remove carpets with ease.
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