Removing your own carpet is a do-it-yourself project that can save you money before your install. To remove your carpet, you will only need a couple of basic tools. Just remember that this task can be laborious, so make sure you are up to the challenge.
Gather the Supplies
First, you will need to gather the following supplies:
- Carpet knife
- Extra blades
- Duct Tape
- Floor Scraper
- Extra Large Garbage Bags
Remove Furniture from the Room
Remove all furniture from the room. You may also want to remove doors as well. If you have drapes or curtains, hang them, so they are out of the way. Remove all outlet covers and flooring vents from the room, and set them aside for safe keeping.
Cut into Strips
First, start by cutting your room into three-foot-long strips. You can go longer if the weight of the carpet does not bother you. Roll each strip of carpet up and tape it with your duct tape. Proceed to roll up all your carpet strips and remove them from the room.
Do the Same with Padding
Next, repeat the process with the carpet pad. If the padding was glued down, it will leave behind chunks. Do not worry; you will go back for these later. Roll your pad up and tape them into small rolls.
Use your floor scraper to remove all access padding and glue in the room. Do not remove your tackless strip if you are having carpet installed! The tackless strip will be reused! Broom all remain pad and dust into your dustpan. Empty into your large garbage bag.
Some cities will remove carpet when rolled into smaller strips. Check with your city if you can have your carpet disposed of if placed on your front lawn. If not, contact a disposing company to remove your waste.
Taking up carpet is a great way to prep for carpet installation. It can save you some money, so you may want to consider it. Ask your sales rep if there is anything extra you will need to do. If wires are under the carpet, leave them where they lie. Your installer will take care of these during the time of installation. For more DIY tricks and tips, make sure to subscribe.