creating a kid-friendly basement play space

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creating a kid-friendly basement play space

I wanted to finish my basement in a way that was bright, fun, and easy to keep clean. My plans were to create a space that the kids could do whatever they want in and not cause any permanent damage. I have done all that I can to protect the walls, but was still left with the difficult choice of what to use to cover the concrete floors. Did I want carpeting that would be more comfortable for them to sit on or did I want hardwood floors that would be easier to clean? I went back and forth for a few weeks and finally talked with a flooring professional. So, what did we do? My blog will tell you!


Replacing Your Carpeting To Install Hardwood Floors? Tip For Ripping Out That Carpet

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.