Getting rid of an old or worn out carpet should not be a problem anymore. This means that you can do it on your own or contract a professional to accomplish the task for you. However, what is important in this regard is to do the job right and professionally. Taking this task on your own is equally a good idea given that you will save your time and money in the process. To achieve this feat, you will only have to equip yourself with the right tools and of course a few your muscles.
What materials and tools do you need?
- Utility knife
- Shop vacuum
- Dust mask
- Floor scraper
- Heavy work gloves
What are the steps to follow when removing an old household carpet?
1) Get rid of any obstacles from your working area
The first thing to do is to ensure that all the furnishings in the room are removed and placed at a place designated area away from the carpet. Check properly if the carpet you want to remove was installed with the help of a shoe moulding. If so, remove it using the crowbar. Look around for the doors that swing right into the room and remove them to create enough space for your work.
2) Take safety measures into consideration
Just like any other work-station, safety is paramount when removing an old carpet from your room. Normally, a carpet that is worn-out or old is known to harbour a lot of dust which can be detrimental to your well-being or those around your work-station. To stay out of the harm’s way, it is recommended that you put on a dust mask to protect your face as well as prevent you from inhaling the dust. On the other hand, make sure that you wear protective gloves to keep your hands safe from staples or injuries that may result from handling the tack strips and the carpet.
3) Carpet removal
Using a pair of pliers, loosen the corners while pulling the carpet back carefully. In case of any difficulties in this process, you may take an alternative way which involves cutting the old carpet into smaller and easier to carry strips. After pulling the carpet back a little, fold it over before cutting it through the back using your utility knife. The main reason for cutting the carpet from the back is to make your cutting work easier as well as protecting the floor beneath. Keep on pulling as you cut it until the entire carpet is removed. Then you may take the cut pieces outside your room.
4) Removal of the tack strips
Removing tack strips is part of the entire carpet removing process. But you may leave them if you’re going to install a new carpet in the room immediately. Tack strips and thin pieces of wood around the borders of the room will help you during the installation of a new carpet. Otherwise, you may proceed to remove them from the floor with the help of a crowbar. Make sure you are wearing heavy-duty gloves to protect your hands.
5) Carpet pad removal
Start from one corner in the room when removing the carpet pad. Pull the padding back carefully and fold it over before cutting it into strips. If the carpet pad had been glued or stapled to the subfloor, take a floor scraper and use it to remove any stuck-on pieces while pulling out staples. Alternatively, you may use pliers to get rid of staples although a floor scraper will be more efficient.
6) Do some cleaning
Ensure that every piece of debris has been removed before cleaning the place. Use the shop vacuum to get rid of dirt from the subfloor. However, you may check with the local sanitation department to have a better understanding of their policy pertaining to carpet disposal. Otherwise, you may choose to set the removed carpet out on the bulk-pickup or take it to a nearby drop-off facility. For some cities, you will be compelled to take it to a carpet recycling program.
Getting rid of an old household carpet is not a complicated task as long as you have the right tools and the correct procedure at your fingertips. Otherwise, it would be better to contract a professional rubbish removal company such as Paul’s Rubbish Removal to undertake the task on your behalf from anywhere in Sydney!
If you can’t take on the task of removing the carpet yourself, Paul’s strip out services can offer help! We’ll strip out your carpet, interior walls, fixtures and everything else that you need to be removed from your house, office, commercial space, retail shop and industrial warehouses.
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