In order to remodel and redesign your personal environment, and to introduce a new touch of personality into your home, sometimes it’ll be necessary to remove the carpet as well. However, the problems may arise in case the carpet is stuck to the floor with some kind of adhesive. If you don’t know what you’re doing, you may be left with unsightly spots and stains on the floor afterward. Not to mention that you can actually damage the floor. This where your local Yardley handyman can help you, so keep on reading!
Prepare the room with the carpet first!
To remove the carpet attached to the floor, the first thing you need to do is prepare the room. If you want to finish this process within a day’s work, start early in the morning. Have your items ready; you will probably need a sharp cutter, work gloves, screwdrivers, tweezers, firm and sharp spatula or scraper, brush, soapy water and whatever else you may find necessary in your case.
Remove all furniture from the room, placing them into another room in your home. If you don’t have enough space to do that, remove as many pieces as you can and place the ones left in the corner where they won’t bother you while you work.
The next thing you have to do is remove the baseboards located at the base of the walls. These are screwed in general, and it will be enough to just turn the screws to remove the whole pieces. This can allow for the most suitable finish for the new aesthetics of the place. In case of adhered sockets, try to remove them in long sections, making a soft lever on the back to avoid breakage.
Remove the carpet according to its placement
Once the room is empty, analyze the way carpet is placed. Verify whether it’s arranged in a single plate or in cuts.
Remove the “free” carpet
The “free” carpets are those that were simply placed on the floor, stretched and positioned by adjusting the edges between the floor, the wall, and the baseboards. This is the simplest case; all you need to do is remove the baseboards and then you can easily roll up and remove the carpet. A basic floor cleaning will be enough to completely clean the room and continue with your project.
Remove the carpet attached with tape
This is the most common way of carpet placement. It uses a double-sided tape that adheres the carpet to the floor. In general, the tape is placed in squares. To verify this, after removing the baseboards, pull the carpet from the corner that’s the furthest from the doors and see where it sticks to the floor. Using the cutter or the precision knife, cut the carpet following the edges of the tape, and remove the free areas, leaving lines of carpet still installed.
Using the cutter (always with work gloves and safety glasses) and a firm spatula, scrape parallel to the floor to take off the tape and the carpet that’s still attached. Once the carpet is removed, you can remove the remaining adhesive with a brush and soapy water; you may also use degreasing liquid or rubbing alcohol, depending on the type of floor covering under the old carpet.
Remove a glued carpet
This is an older carpet-laying technique, but still present in many homes. The double-sided tape has replaced the glue, similarly to wallpaper.
To remove the glued carpet, remove the baseboards and pull the corner opposite the doors. With some effort and working in sections (you can cut the carpet in large squares, to make the job easier) remove as much of the fabric as you can. Finally, remove the traces of glue with the scraper or flat spatula, scraping carefully parallel to the ground. Again, use a brush and hot soapy water, glue solvent or whatever else is gentler for that particular floor covering.
The last thing you should do when removing a carpet is deep clean the floor. That way you can check whether any additional repairs are necessary. If there are, and even if you’d rather leave the carpet removal to someone more experienced, don’t hesitate to get in touch with your local Yardley handyman and ifixit.