A carpet sure adds glamor and a classy touch to your flooring. You can easily give an unattractive underneath flooring, an instant make-over by simply throwing a stylish carpet over it. But over a period of years, the carpet tends to get worn out and tends to stain, and that’s when it needs replacement.
- Start pulling the carpet from around a corner. A few powerful blows would be sufficient to dislodge the tack strips. If not, get a screw driver and try prying. If that does not help, get a pair of vice-lock pliers to firmly grab the carpet and pull it off the tack strips.
- Continue dislodging all the tack strips around the room without stopping.
- It is a good idea to divide the carpet into rows by cutting it with a utility knife. Small manageable pieces of the carpet allow you to roll them after you remove them.
Dislodging the tack strips, leaves holes on the hardwood flooring. You can cover them by filling wood putty and then painting them with matching colored wood stain. Removing a Glued Carpet Removing a glued carpet is comparatively easier than a wall-to-wall carpet. There are basically two types of adhesives that are used to keep the carpet in place. The adhesive is either painted on the floor, or it is in the form of a carpet tape. Lift up the carpet to check what kind of adhesive is used.
- If you see a dark brown colored substance, then it’s probably a tar based adhesive.
- You can use a mineral spirit to scrape it off the flooring.
- On the other hand, if you find a yellowish golden substance, then it means that your carpet has been secured by a tape.
- Carpet tape can be easily removed using an adhesive dissolver.
However, be careful while using a dissolver, as it is highly inflammable. Allow the floor to dry at least for a day, before using any electrical appliances on it. Mopping the floor is a good idea to get rid of the dissolver. You might need to do a bit of refinishing for the underneath flooring after you have removed the carpet. If you carefully remove the carpet, you might be able to consider reusing it or giving it to the charity.