How to Remove Carpet Like the Pros

How to Remove Carpet Like The Pros

It doesn’t matter whether you’re a business owner or a homeowner, there’s much to think about before talking about how to remove carpet. If you’re like many of our customers, you don’t know the first thing about carpet other than its appearance and texture. That’s why it’s good to know that we got your back. You can always count on us to do more and offer you the chance to view more carpet removal options, as well as some ways to preserve the carpet as well. It’s important to understand a bit more about carpet removal before taking that chance.

Requirements for Safe and Efficient Carpet Removal

No matter what, proper carpet removal is going to take time, energy, safety equipment, and the right tools to tackle the task. Here are the tools needed for removing carpet:

1. Gloves, Gloves, Gloves:

If you want to ensure that you’re completely safe while ripping up carpet, then make sure you wear gloves while doing so. Our professionals use two types of gloves while removing carpet, one is a Nitrile glove and the other is a knitted glove. They also use leather gloves to protect their hands from sharp edges or from any other injuries that might occur during their work.

How to Remove Carpet - don't forget the gloves!

2. Dust Mask is a Must:

Don't underestimate the importance of wearing a mask while you’re getting rid of carpet. You may think that it’s okay to remove the carpet without wearing a mask as you’ll clean the mess up soon, but remember, if you do so, you won’t be able to breathe properly. Wearing a dust mask can protect your lungs against all kinds of fumes and dirt which are commonly found in carpets. Do not use non-filtered or cheap masks that are made out of rubber while working on carpets as they will only make your work difficult and will only fill your nose with more mold and germs.

3. Don't Skip the Safety Goggles:

Even when dealing with the simplest of jobs, the easiest thing you can do to save yourself from a headache and headache is to protect your eyes and vision. Our professionals use two different kinds of goggles for their work in carpets, they use safety glasses for their everyday tasks that are commonly used in construction works. They also use Fiber Optic Goggles for nighttime carpet removal operations in areas that have no daylight. They also have fluorescent tape that is stuck above their eyes so they can work even in complete darkness.

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4. Safety Belt for Hard to Reach Places:

If you’re planning on removing the carpeting from your attic or high roof area then there’s a huge possibility that you’ll need some sort of safety belt or harness to keep yourself safe and secure.

5. Knee Pads are a Given:

When going to rip out carpet, it’s important to remember that the floor can be hard on your knees. To avoid any painful discomfort, our specialists always wear knee pads while working. These knee pads offer them some level of protection against the hard surface, as well as provide extra cushion and support while they are maneuvering around.

6. Locking Pliers:

Locking pliers are one of the most important carpet removal tools you can have in your arsenal. These pliers are great for gripping onto the carpet and pulling out those stubborn staples that may be holding it in place.

7. Hammer:

While not everyone associates hammers with the process of getting rid of carpet, they are an essential tool for anyone who wants to make sure the job is done right. Hammering out staples is a much safer and faster way of ensuring that your carpet is removed in one piece.

8. Utility Knife:

The utility knife is an extremely valuable tool for all sorts of situations, and that applies to those where you need to rip out carpet. Our specialists carry a sharp utility knife that helps them cut through the carpet in tight and hard to reach places or for other intricate tasks like trimming and cutting. Some of them even use a specific type of utility knife that offers an extended blade for more precision.

utility knife for carpet removal

9. Duct Tape:

Duct tape is something that everyone should have in their toolbox and, unsurprisingly, it’s essential for removing and lifting carpets as well. Duct tape is great for creating a temporary fix to keep the carpet in place while you’re moving it from one place to another, and also for sealing it in order to make sure that no dust or debris escapes.

10. Floor Scraper:

Again, another essential when it comes to carpet removal tools. Floor scrapers come in handy when you need to get rid of glue residue and other stubborn materials that may have been left behind by the carpeting. Our experts are trained to use these tools with precision in order to ensure that the job is done properly.

11. Pry Bar:

When it comes carpet tear out time, you'll need some assistive leverage. That's where the pry bar comes in. This tool is great for getting underneath the carpet and loosening the staples, as well as for prying up the carpet from hard surfaces with ease.

12. Shank Nails:

If you’re dealing with a stubborn carpet that just won’t come loose, then shank nails are your best bet. These are special nails that our professionals use to quickly attach the carpet to the subfloor while they are pulling it out. This helps them keep the carpet in one piece, which makes it much easier to maneuver around.

13. Beach Towel:

While this would probably be the last thing that comes to mind when thinking 'what tools do I need to remove carpet', a beach towel is actually quite useful. Use it for everything from covering areas that you don’t want to get dirtied with dust and debris, to wiping up any excess moisture or glue residue. Beach towels are especially handy when you're trying to remove old carpets, as these jobs are often messier and dustier than typical ones.

Carpet Removal Equipment Operated by Licensed Jiffy Junk Pros

Just as you must possess the right safety equipment, you’ll also need the correct tools for old carpet removal. At Jiffy Junk, you can rest easy in knowing that we’ve not only got the best equipment to successfully remove the carpet, we’ve also got the skilled experts on our team that are licensed and insured. We take no chances when it comes to our customers. After all, that’s truly where it counts for us! Also check the services offered. Here are some of the equipment you can depend on for us to use when necessary without blinking an eye:

1. Blower Machine:

A blower machine is a machine that helps you to remove any kind of dirt particles from the carpets. Our professionals use many different kinds of machines for carpets removal, they also use a blower which is used to blow the air into the carpet, this will blow all of the dust particles off the carpet and onto a fan which will then help to clean it properly.

2. Sweepers:

A sweeper is essentially a device that is used to clean up any dirt particles that are found in carpets whether it is from the streets or your house. Our professionals use these sweepers to remove any bits of dirt from the carpeting while they are removing it.

3. Vacuum Cleaners & Dryer Machines:

If you are removing old carpets you will need a vacuum cleaner to suck up all of the dust particles that are on them. Once all of the dust is vacuumed up, our professionals will then use a powerful hose and dry it out properly to prevent mildew or any damage to the carpet at all.

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Steps To Remove Old Carpet

1. Remove All Furniture From the Room:

The first and most obvious step to take when looking to remove carpet is clearing the things that are currently in the room. This means taking out any furniture, decorations, or anything else that may be obstructing your path. You should also remove any baseboards or mouldings around the edges of the room, as these can be a barrier to getting deep under the carpet. A pry bar usually does the trick, but you can also use a hammer and chisel if you’re dealing with an especially stubborn area.

Will the Jiffy Junk Team of Carpet Removal Specialists Move Your Furniture?

Some old carpet removal jobs entail moving heavy furniture, and that shouldn’t be a problem for us. After all, most people don’t use their carpet as their primary flooring anymore so they don't have to go through another carpet removal project. In fact, we might not even have to move your furniture if you want us to remove that old carpet that’s covering it. Most of the rooms we come across are small, and without any furniture around too.

2. Cut the Carpet Into Strips

Step two in the carpet tear out process entails breaking the carpet down into more manageable pieces. There's no 'right way' to do this, deciding how to tear up carpet depends on how much of it needs to be moved and how easy it is to access. Generally, the best method is to cut it into strips and then roll it up, as this makes it much easier to maneuver. Using a utility knife is often the fastest way to do this.

3. Slide a Floor Scraper Under Each Strip

Lifting carpet can be a tough process, but it's made much easier when you slide a floor scraper underneath each strip of carpet. This helps loosen any dirt or debris that may be trapped in between the fibers of the carpet. It also makes it much easier when you go to vacuum up any remaining debris later on.

4. Remove Carpet Tacks and Staples From the Floor

After you rip out carpet pieces, strips, and any remaining residue, you’ll want to focus on removing all the nails and staples left behind. This is especially important if you plan on re-installing the new carpet. A tack hammer or staple puller is the best tool for this job, and most hardware stores will have one that you can rent or buy. While you may feel inclined to just rip them out, it’s best to take your time and do it carefully as this will help prevent any damage to your wood floors.

5. How to Remove Carpet Padding From Under the Carpet

Carpets have an extra layer of padding underneath that helps provide more cushioning and insulation. This needs to be removed before you can install the new carpet, so make sure to follow this step before disposing of your old one. You can usually use a utility knife and a pair of scissors to easily cut through the padding and remove it from the room.

6. Pull Off Any Remaining Tackless Strips or Staples.

This step requires you to know how to remove carpet tack strips. Luckily, it’s not too difficult, so even those in need of the easiest way to rip up carpet can tackle this job. Tackless strips are what keep the carpet in place and are usually made of metal or plastic. To remove them, use a flathead screwdriver or knife to pry them off the floor. Be careful as you do so, as these tools can damage your flooring if not done properly.

Common Questions About How to Pull Up Carpet

A lot of people are under the impression that getting rid of carpet is as simple as ripping it from the floor, but you’ll be surprised to know that while pulling up carpet can be an easy task, it’s also not a one-man job. Carpet removal is a monumental task. You may not see how much it takes until you actually start applying yourself to the project, but once you get into the nitty-gritty of things and understand why removing old, worn-out carpets needs so much work (yes we know it’s not just your average wear and tear), then getting rid of carpet shouldn’t be too tough, after all.

Is Carpet Removal Dangerous?

Just because someone says it’s easy to remove carpet doesn’t mean it’s as simple as you think. What’s more important is how careful you are with your tools and materials, and that is ultimately what will decide whether or not the job is actually safe. When you’re removing old carpet from around a doorway, a staircase, or any other kind of opening, different factors may come into play. First and foremost is where the opening is located in relation to the other carpets in the room. If they’re spaced far apart and close to the wall, then you can remove them without having any trouble at all.

How Hard Is It to Remove Carpet?

Still wondering how to replace carpet? If you are someone who prefers to remove carpet by yourself, then you’ll find that it’s perfectly possible to do so. However, a few things need to be considered before initiating the process and sending our team of carpet removal specialists in. First and foremost are the tools and materials you need for the job. If you’re planning on removing some old carpeting from around a doorway or other opening in your home, then you’ll first need to make sure that the tools will work for that particular job. Also, if there’s anything too heavy for your equipment to handle on its own, then we may have to come in and help with lifting it as well.

How Long does it Take to Remove Carpet?

Most carpets can be removed in less than 10 minutes for an average-sized room. However, it is important to take into account the type of carpet you have, the condition it is in, and how many furniture pieces need to be moved.

If You Choose the D.I.Y. Route, Proceed With Caution

Of course, you must always remember, Safety First. That’s why we always tell our customers to take the safety precautions we listed above.

Ripping up Carpet With Jiffy Junk

At Jiffy Junk, we want you to understand that there’s a method to this madness. This is because our friendly team of carpet removal specialists is all for transparency, especially when it comes to making any changes that will impact your home flooring. We don’t want you to sweat the small stuff, especially when you most likely cannot leave a pile of ripped up carpet on the curb. No matter what the job is big or small, there are specific steps you must take if you want to be happy with the new flooring, in many cases, D.I.Y. simply doesn’t work out. However, the good news is that you don’t have to worry, allow our Pros to remove carpet.

We want you to know the answers to the most common things many people like yourself should consider before saying, “Out with the old, and in with the new."


Carpet Disposal Service with Jiffy Junk

Our Jiffy Junk Carpet Removal Service includes: Rigorous inspection of all areas that will be affected by the carpet removal process, Determination of your needs and requirements for the carpet removal process by evaluating the condition of the carpeted areas, which will be done to find out all of their problems and other related issues, so we can provide you with the very best solution for your needs. Our professionals will also look for any type of hazardous materials that might be present in those areas, such as asbestos or other materials that could cause health risks to people that might be exposed to them.

A Professional Team of Carpet Removal Specialists Available in a Jiffy!

Whether you plan on hiring us for simple carpet removal, or getting rid of carpet an entire floor at once, you know that you and your home are in good hands. Our carpet removal professionals are the best in the business and no job is too big or too small for them.

Carpet Removal for Hardwood Floors and Stairs

To remove carpet, you need to hire a professional team of guys who are capable of handling all kinds of flooring. Many people are not aware that there is a specific way to remove carpets from stairs. If you’re planning on removing the carpeting from your stairs or even hardwood floors, then our professionals can do that quite easily. Just remember to keep your face protected at all times as well to avoid any unwanted injuries and keep yourself safe.

Old Carpet Removal from Concrete

Concrete is not actually as hard as it appears to be. If you are wondering how to rip up carpet from concrete, the answer is quite simple. In fact, our professionals have a few tricks up their sleeves when it comes to removing carpet from concrete, so you shouldn’t be too worried about this.

They’ll do it just like they would any other type of surface, and if you want them to clean up the area afterwards, then they can do that as well. You also need to know the proper steps on how to remove carpet safely and efficiently without damaging your hardwood or stairs in any way.

Our Carpet Removal Process

Whether it’s a matter of removing the old carpet or worn-out set from your living room or any other room in your house, we will only use the best methods to do so to ensure top-notch results.

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You Can Trust Our Professional Jiffy Junk Team to Go Above and Beyond

No matter what, we have a set of standards that we never cease from doing. We’ll always be sure to leave the job site in spic and span order. But it doesn’t stop there. If you have any furniture that you’re looking to get rid of, well then, allow our team at Jiffy to handle the unwanted furniture for you as well.

Guaranteed Satisfaction

Don’t get it wrong. We’re able to handle any type of job that comes our way. We never leave anything half done, and we always complete the job as promised so we can keep our customers happy and satisfied. Either you need your carpet removed or if you need your furniture removed, well we’ll have it all taken care of for you. At Jiffy Junk Carpet Removal, we’re experts in both removing carpet for hardwood floors and removing carpeting from stairs.

Booking a Free Estimate with Jiffy Junk is Easy

If you're wondering how much does it cost to rip up carpet? You can call us at (844) 543-3966 to schedule a free estimate or you can book it right here on our website. Just fill out the required details and we will give you a call at the time of your choosing.

Our Customer Service is Second to None

We are very proud of our professional service, and that’s why we go above and beyond for every customer by giving them the personalized attention they deserve, and at the same time, providing them with top-notch customer service from start to finish. You can always count on us for friendly help whenever you need it from our trained professionals.

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Whether it’s concrete, hardwood floors, stairs, or even basements, we’ll get the stubborn carpet out in a jiffy!

Booking a Free Estimate with Jiffy Junk is Easy

For best practices, check out our carpet cleaning tips to prevent an early carpet removal. However, if you decide to transform your home or business via carpet removal, then please book a completely free no-obligation estimate with us here at Jiffy Junk. How much is it to remove carpet from your home? We’d be more than happy to take an honest look at your job site and give you and estimate. Our friendly staff is dedicated to our customers. So feel free to take a look at our reviews and perhaps discover why customers rated us 5/5 stars. We look forward to hearing from you, so call or book an estimate online today.

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We are very proud of our professional service, and that’s why we go above and beyond for every customer by giving them the personalized attention they deserve, and at the same time, providing them with top-notch customer service from start to finish.

You can always count on us for friendly help whenever you need it from our trained professionals.

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