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The Easiest Way to Remove Carpet

A brand new house can be a beautiful thing, but not if it comes with the remnants of the previous owner’s odd taste. If you’re buying a new home or are simply trying to hit the ‘refresh’ button on your current home by getting rid of an old carpet, you don’t need to spring for expensive carpet removal to get the job done. Whether you’re getting a new rug or sending the old one to the carpet cleaners in torrance, getting your rug off the ground doesn’t have to be an arduous exercise. All you’ll need are a few household tools and a bit of spare time. Removing your carpet might seem like a big job requiring many hands on the ground. But whether you have a full area rug or old wall-to-wall carpeting installed, you can get the job done easily in one day without a ton of help. If you’re thinking about replacing your old rug, here’s the best and easiest way to get your old carpet out of there.

Pull Up the Edges

When removing carpet, the first place to start is at the edges. Your carpet may be pulled tight, especially if it was recently re-stretched. If you can get a good grip on the edge of your rug, start prying it up from there, removing rug staples and tacking as you go. Do this in sections so you don’t tire yourself out. Remember: The point isn’t to get the rug up in one, clean motion. Working in sections will help you save time and energy, and won’t wreak such havoc on your back. If you can’t get a good grip on the corners, get your carpet cutters (either rented from a home improvement store or purchased) and cut out a small square which will allow you to get your hand under. From there, pry up your rugs corners easily and remove anything that’s keeping them attached to the floor.

Fold with Ease

Now that your corners are up, you can start working to fold your rug into manageable sections. Working toward the middle, start folding your carpet into smaller sections. You might need to cut your carpet in order to do this, but if you’re working with a traditional square-shaped or rectangular rug, you’ll be able to do this easily without too much extra work. Once you have your carpet organized in neat, folded sections, you can start cutting your rug in smaller parts to be rolled up and taken out the garbage.

Cut in Sections

Using your folded sections as a guide, cut along the folded area to divide your rug into as many smaller sections as you’d like. If you’re dealing with a huge rug, you’ll want to create a bunch of small sections to make your load less heavy. However, remember that the more sections you cut, the more trips to the dumpster you’ll have to make. Let the size of the rug dictate how you cut, and remember that you’ll need to cut straight in order to be able to roll your rug sections out easily.

Roll Sections and Dispose of Them

Now that your rug is in easy-to-carry strips, you’ll be able to easily transport them outside. You can load them up in a truck to be recycled, or toss them in the dumpster. As long as you tape them first with duct tape, you’ll be able to transport them fairly easily wherever you want to go.

Start on the Padding

After the rug is gone, it’s time to start on the padding. You’ll most likely be left with a lot of ripped up tacking and staples. Because you don’t want to risk getting stabbed by a stray tack, make sure you wear gloves while prying up your padding, using pliers to remove any tacks, in small sections. Your padding will probably come apart in square sections unless it’s a smaller uniform pad. Just like you rolled up your carpet, you’ll want to cut your padding into smaller, easy-to-carry strips. After you’ve done this, you’ll need to inspect your floor for damage, looking for any rusty tacks and pulling up any stray tacking and nails with pliers. You can also use this time to make a note of any issues with your floor, such as water damage or loose floorboards. Once you’ve gotten rid of all your padding, tacking, and floor debris, you can address the issues of your wood floor and prep to get ready for your new carpet.

 

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