How To Remove Carpet Before Hardwood Installation

Are you going to update your carpet to hardwood? When you are replacing your carpet with hardwood, whether it is custom or modular, there are a few simple ways to save on the cost of the project. This article shows how you can remove your existing carpet and completely prepare your floor for the hardwood floor installation project. This is a very easy way to reduce the labor bills on your project.

The Work is Tiring and Physical

Removing the carpet is not technical or complicated work, but it is tiring. It requires that you spend a lot of time on your hands and knees, do a lot of heavy lifting, and some tiring demolition work. Basically, it is not complicated, but it is going to be physically exhausting.

Getting Started

The first thing you need to do is get the carpet up and off the ground. Lifting the carpet should be easy once you find an edge that you can grab and lift up with force. Usually, you can dig an edge out from underneath the baseboard. Otherwise, you can use a utility knife to cut a slit into the carpet and lift up from there. Whenever tearing up the carpet, you definitely want to wear thick, protective gloves. The carpet base is made out of fiberglass that can be very sharp. You can also use the utility knife to cut the carpet into smaller sections that are easier to carry out of the house.

Removing the Carpet Pads

The carpet pad is usually even easier to remove, unless you happen to have wooden subfloors and the pads are stapled down to them. This just means that, when you rip up the pads, you will also need to use pliers to pull out all the leftover staples.

Removing the Carpet Grippers

The final step, and often the hardest part of the entire job, is removing the carpet grippers from the side of the floor. These wooden strips are actually nailed to the subfloor, whether it be wood or concrete. So, you want to use a hammer and chisel or at flat head screwdriver to pry them up from the ground. Usually, you can hit the flat head screwdriver underneath the strip and lightly pry it up, popping the nail right out of the subfloor. Often, it requires a little more heavy duty lifting or even using the claw end of the hammer.

In the end, the work is quite simple, and it is an easy way to save money on your hardwood flooring project.