Avoid these Carpet Removal MistakesWhether you’re doing remodeling prep, rehabilitating a property, or just replacing carpet with another type of flooring, you should know what to expect. Carpet is the most porous type of flooring and because of its material composition, that means you’re probably in for one or more unpleasant surprises. A common phenomenon is the decomposition of the padding underneath. Although designed to provide many years of function, constant traffic takes a heavy toll.
Pulling up carpet is a relatively easy task although when rolled up a carpet can be very heavy, bulky and difficult to move. If there’s no need to save the carpet it is easier to cut the carpet into smaller sections with a utility knife and move the sections out one at a time. It’s usually easier to cut carpet from the back so when cutting it into small sections, fold a section over revealing the back then slice through the woven backing with a utility or carpet knife. —DIY NetworkThe padding thins and eventually, begins to break apart, leaving debris scattered under the carpet. It also can bugle, causing an uneven floor, making unusable. Another thing you’ll likely encounter is what’s known as “pet damage.” Remember all those messes you’ve supposedly cleaned up over the years? Well, those will be waiting for you in the subfloor. Because carpet is porous, pet waste, as well as spills, will go right through the material and soak into the subfloor. Now, here are the biggest carpet removal mistakes to avoid:
- Not moving furniture out. Yes, people do try to remove carpet without all the heavy lifting. They believe the furniture can simply be moved around in a room while the carpet is taken up but it doesn’t work out.
- Not clearing an unobstructed path. When you remove carpet, you’ll have to roll it up and then carry it out of the room. That means having to navigate a hallway, corners and doorways. Because of the size, you’ll need an unobstructed path to avoid any tripping hazards.
- Not starting in the corners. The corners are tricky to reach but this is where you need to start removing the carpet. It’s purposely installed with the corners tucked tight so it doesn’t come out-of-place. But this often means having to remove the baseboards and then carefully grabbing the corners with needle nose pliers.
- Not removing the tacking. The carpet tacking is the wood installed directly on the subfloor with sharp teeth pointed up. These teeth are what holds the carpet in-place. But unless the tacking is in good condition, it’s got to go, particularly if you’re going to replace the carpet with a different kind of flooring.
- Not treating the bare subfloor. As mentioned above, pet accidents and occasional spills will soak into the subfloor, right through the carpet. Those unpleasant stains must be treated before new flooring can be installed.