Carpeting is a great way to make your house homier, and to make your office more comfortable and lush. Eventually, however, carpeting will need to be updated or replaced especially since carpets tend to harbor scents and dirt over the years and carpet cleaning can only do so much. Here’s how you can remove wall-to-wall carpets.
Carpet placement. First of all, you need to learn about the two common ways by which carpet is held in place on the floor. The easiest is through the use of glues, in which the corners of the carpet are dabbed with industrial strength glues that are usually specifically designed for carpets. The glues will keep the carpets in place, and need not be applied on the entire flooring. Next, carpets can also be kept in place by using tack strips. These tack strips are pieces of wood panels on the floor with tacks facing upward. The carpet is laid over the tacks to keep the carpet secured in place.
Planning. Before removing the carpet, make sure that you have planned ahead and that you know what you will do with the carpet afterwards. If you plan on painting the room as part of an overhaul renovation or redecoration, you should paint first before removing the carpet. Also try to give the carpet a through vacuum cleaning, to minimize dust as you pull off the carpet.
Removing the tack strip. To remove carpeting that is held in place with tack strips, you need to remove the baseboards at the corners and sides of the room. These boards are used to keep the ends and corners of the carpet from being exposed. Once the corners of the carpet have been exposed, take a pair of pliers and use it to pull the carpet upwards and away from the floor. Do this in the direction of the tacks, so that the carpet will roll off easily. You can also use a cutter to cut the carpeting into strips, so that you will only need to pull the carpet off by strips on the floor, which is easier than removing the entire carpet all at once.
Removing glue-on carpet. For carpet that has been glued on, you only need to take a sharp cutter and cut the carpet diagonally from one corner to the other. This will cut the carpeting into triangular sections that are much easier to remove. Since glue is only applied on the corners and along the edges of the carpet, you will only need to peel off two of the three sides of the triangles of carpeting. After removing the carpet, take paint thinner or glue remover and use it to soften the glue left on the floor. Use a putty knife to scrape off the softened glue afterwards. You can also use mineral spirits, which is a very potent solvent that can soften most glues residues.
Make sure that you use gloves as you remove the carpeting in your house, since your fingers can get injured from the tacks on the floor, and can get an allergic reaction to the glue remover that you will use when removing glue-on carpeting.