March 31, 2016.
Pulling up the carpet and disposing of it is not a fun job at all. It can be a tough, dirty job. A little preparation ahead of time will make the whole process a lot smoother. We have plenty of experience in this area, so we thought we’d share what we’ve learned. Hopefully, it will help the carpet removal from your home go a little smoother.
Carpet Removal Tips:
- Prepare for dust and dirt – Carpet collects dust and dirt. This remains true even if you’ve been faithful in vacuuming and cleaning. If the carpet is in a rental or other houses that has had multiple occupants, the dirt buildup may be quite heavy.As you begin the carpet removal, the dust and dirt will be released from the carpet into the air. In an open floor plan, we advise installing a dust barrier from floor to ceiling to protect the other living areas from getting coated with the dust during the removal. Covering furniture near the removal site may also be wise.
Those doing the removal may want to wear dust masks on their face, particularly if the carpet has been exposed to pets.
- What is underneath? – In most cases, you will find a carpet pad underneath the carpet itself. Generally, when installing new carpet, the old pad is also removed and replaced with new carpet pad.Around the edges of the room, you will discover what is called ‘tack strips.’ These are thin strips of wood with small nails facing upwards. If you are installing new carpet, you can leave the tack strips in place, being careful not to injure yourself on the sharp nails. If the new flooring will be tile, wood, laminate or vinyl, you will need to carefully remove the tack strips, as well.
When a carpet is installed on a concrete floor, such as in commercial applications, it may be glued down without a pad.
- Getting it out – Once the old carpet has been removed from the floor, it is time to roll it up and carry it out of the building. Again, make some preparation for this. The rolls of carpet will be heavy and awkward to manage. It may require two people to carry the weight and maneuver it through the building and out the door.The backing of the carpet is rough and could easily scratch walls and corners if caution is not taken to protect them.
- Disposal after carpet removal – Once the carpet has been removed, then what? Where does it go? Renting a dumpster for construction debris is one option. All the old carpet and carpet pad can be loaded into the dumpster. When the job is complete, the dumpster can be picked up and hauled away.Hauling it to a waste disposal center in your own truck or trailer is another option. Either way, you will need to provide a means of disposing of it once the carpet has been removed.
- Save yourself the hassle – This, of course, is our top recommendation. Don’t deal with all the hassle of do-it-yourself removing and disposing of. Hire the experts who have the experience to get it done right, done fast and disposed of properly. We’ll make sure the rest of your home is protected from debris and dust. Our team works quickly so that you can get on with your project and have that new flooring faster.