How to Remove Carpet

How to Remove Carpet

Whether replacing an older carpet or putting down hardwood or laminate, you’ll need to remove the existing carpet before you get started. Carpets can be installed in a number of different ways. Luckily, most carpets are only fastened around the edges, making the job a lot easier.

Skill Level: Beginner
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  1. Step 1 Removing Carpet Installed With Tackless Strips

    Removing Carpet Installed With Tackless Strips

    To remove carpet installed with tackless strips, remove shoe mouldings or other edgings and cut the carpet into manageable strips with a utility knife. Pry up on the carpet corner, and pull it free from the strip along both walls. Repeat the process until the entire carpet is free.

  2. Step 2 Removing Carpet Installed With Carpet Tacks

    Removing Carpet Installed With Carpet Tacks

    To remove carpet installed with carpet tacks, simply slide a flat-pry bar under one edge of the carpet and pry up several tacks. Proceed until all tacks are removed.

  3. Step 3 Keeping Carpet in One Piece

    Keeping Carpet in One Piece

    If you want to keep the carpet in one piece, release one corner and work your way along the carpet section. Once it has been released, roll the piece up and haul it away.

     

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