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Removing and Disposing of Carpet 101

August 19, 2017.

Have you been inspired by your favorite DIY home renovation show to give your home a facelift? Have you just purchased a property with the intention of remodeling? Whether you’re ready to flip real estate for a profit or you’re just trying to make your home more comfortable, dealing with old carpet can be a real challenge. Before you get started, it’s wise to take a quick crash course on all it entails so you’re not taken by surprise in the middle of the project.

What You Should Know About Removing Carpet

Before you begin the process of removing carpet, it’s a good idea to have all the tools you’ll need collected and ready to work. You’ll need:

  • a hammer
  • a pry bar
  • sturdy gloves
  • a utility knife
  • a face mask

The safety equipment is just as important as the knife, pry bar and hammer. The gloves are necessary to protect your hands from both the rough carpet backing and the tack strips installed along the perimeter of the room to secure the carpet. Because years of pet dander, dust and other debris will be lurking inside the carpeting and on the pad, a mask is particularly important. This especially holds true if you suffer from asthma or allergies.

Using the utility knife, cut a roughly 6″x6″ square into the carpet in the corner of a room, then pull this square free of the floor. This allows you to grasp the larger piece of carpet more effectively, so you’re able to begin the hard work of really tearing out the carpeting.

To ensure manageable waste, consider slicing the carpeting into strips about one-yard wide, rolling them, and securing these rolls as you go. Once the carpet’s gone, the padding will be a bit easier to manage because it’s already installed in smaller sections. Along the perimeter of each section are typically staples, which secure the padding to the subfloor. Be sure you’re making use of those gloves when removing these staples and the padding. If you’re planning to install new carpet, the tack strips along the perimeter can remain in place. If you’re refinishing hardwoods hiding under that old carpet, installing new laminate or tile, they’ll need to be removed with a pry bar.

Disposing of Carpet Easily and Ethically

Did you know that some types of carpet can be recycled? The sheer volume of carpet waste alone can be a daunting aspect of this project, but it certainly doesn’t have to be an issue.

At Jiffy Junk, we’ve been removing carpet and other household, commercial or construction waste for property owners throughout Nassau and Suffolk Counties. Our trained technicians are pros at disposing of carpet in ethical ways, making sure all recyclable items are taken to the appropriate facilities.

Don’t want to do the back-breaking work of removing carpeting, padding and tack strips? Let us offer our white-glove, full-service approach to carpet removal. We won’t just take your carpet waste away, we’ll fully remove it and sweep the floor on our way out. Call today: 844-543-3966.

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