Have you decided to rip up your nasty carpeting so that it can be replaced with hardwood floors? If so, you may be tackling the process of removing the old carpeting all on your own. Here are some tips that will help you get through it.
Start With A Corner
The first thing you'll want to do is start at a corner of the room and try to pull up the carpeting with your hands. Just grab a fist full of the carpet and see if you are able to rip it off from the floor. If not, a good trick you can do is cut out a notch out of the corner of the carpeting with your razor blade. This will give you something to grip when trying to remove the carpeting from the tack strip on the floor. Rip the carpeting off the tack strip across the entire length of a room, then fold the carpet over about three feet.
Cut The Carpeting
Use your razor blade to cut the carpeting across its length on the crease that is folded over. This will make it easier to cut through with the other side raised off the floor rather than flush with the floor. The end result is a long strip of carpeting that will be easy to manage, which is upside down on your floor.
Roll Up The Carpeting
You will want to roll up the carpeting so that the bottom part of the carpet is on the inside of the roll. This helps to contain all the dirt that is stuck to the bottom of the carpet, leaving the outside nice and soft with the carpet fibers. You can secure the carpet into rolls by using duct tape. Repeat the previous steps until all the carpeting is rolled up.
Remove The Carpet Padding
The padding will be glued or stapled to the floor, so it should be fairly easy to pull back on the carpet pad to detach it from the floor. Carpet padding is very light, and you should have no problems rolling it up into small roles that are easy to manage when taken out of the home.
Remove Nails, Staples, And Tack Strips
With the carpet and padding removed, you will need to go around the room and remove any nails or staples that are still in the floor. The tack strips can be pried up with a crowbar to get rid of them for good. Now the floor is prepped and ready for your hardwood floor installation company to start their part of the job.
For more information and tips, contact a company like Masters Flooring today.