How To: Pull Up and Old Carpet
- The carpet usually comes up pretty easily once you get a corner started.
Our garbage collection company will haul away carpet if you pay them to, but you still have to cut it into 2-3 foot wide swaths and roll it up first.
It's easier to manage that way anyhow.
Use a utility knife to cut it up a section at a time while you remove it, being careful not to cut the floor.
Once a cut is started, it is fairly easy to tear it the rest of the way, instead of cutting.
Roll each section and tape or tie it securely.
- Use a pry bar and work around the room to remove the nail board. Be sure the use a piece of scrap wood to protect the floor when you use the pry bar.
A pair of knee pads make this job much less painful.
- The nails in the board are sharp. Be careful. I use contractor grade garbage bags or cardboard boxes to dispose of the boards.
- There are lots of staples that were used to hold down the carpet pad. Maybe some glue too.
- Remove the staples by tediously going around with a pair of pliers and maybe a flathead screw driver.
If there are bits of carpet pad still attached it the staples, it makes them easier to find and to remove.
If it is necessary to pry up a staple, use a piece of scrap wood to protect the floor. If a staple breaks and you absolutely can't get it out, use a very fine nail set to bury it in the wood.
- Any glue can be removed with a good solvent, like Goo Gone. (This is great stuff, BTW.)
- Sweep and mop up afterwards, watching carefully for any staples you may have missed.