Remodeling Debris DisposalLike many other types of construction materials, carpet and other types of flooring are usually on the approved pick up list for the local trash collection agency. These companies typically prohibit construction and remodeling debris. And, since carpet is now largely recyclable, it must go to the appropriate facility.
Getting ready to lug your worn-out wall-to-wall to the curb? You’re not alone. Americans get rid of some five billion pounds of carpet each year—that’s nearly seven times the weight of the Empire State Building. But thanks to an industry/government group called the Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE), you may be able to recycle rugs you once would have thrown away. —This Old HouseOkay, so the first thing you need to consider before you begin the actual work. And, that is what you’ll do with that old carpet and the padding. This is where many home improvement projects go wrong. That’s because people simply do not think about what they’ll do with the waste.
Carpet Take-Up in VeniceNow, taking up stained carpet isn’t the most difficult thing you’ll ever do (unless, of course, it’s glued down, which will make it one of the most difficult jobs you’ve ever done). It’s really about freeing it from the edge tacking strips and rolling it up. Here’s how to go about carpet take-up:
- Empty the room. Begin the process with clearing a path from the room to the outside so you don’t have to step around tripping hazards and more. Then, empty the room out and keep the pathway clear.
- Take the base trim off the walls. Next, you’ll take the base trim around the walls off. You’ll just need a pry bar to do so. Exercise caution if you plan to reuse the trim again.
- Pull up the carpet and padding. Start in a corner and pull it up gently. (Don’t yank it or it might tear and begin to fray.) Work across the room from one side to the other. Then, roll up the carpet and do the same for the padding.
- Sweep the floor and then clean it thoroughly. Once the carpet, padding, and tacking is gone, sweep the floor and then give it a good cleaning to finish the job.