How to Pull Up a Carpet Properly
Carpets were all the rage in the 90s, and you’d be hard-pressed to find a millennial that didn’t have one installed in their home when they were growing up. This floor covering earned an excellent reputation for its warmth, comfort, noise insulation, and relatively inexpensive price point. With that said, these functional and fashionable plush coverings don’t last forever. If your carpet is due for a replacement, here’s the 411 on how to pull up a carpet properly.
Prepping for the Pull UpContrary to what you may have been led to believe, carpets don’t peel off a floor very easily and pulling one up requires patience and a methodical technique. Before you start ripping up your carpet left, and right, it’s important that you prep beforehand. Here are the preliminary steps you should take prior to pulling up your carpet:
- Remove any doors that open into the room where the carpet is being torn out.
- Take out all the furniture and clear the area completely.
- Invest in a pair of heavy work gloves, a dust mask, and close-toed, thick-soled shoes.
- Vacuum the old carpet to minimize the amount of dust you’ll be exposed to when you pull it up.
- Shop around and settle on a method to dispose of your carpet, whether that be calling the dump to find out how much the disposal will cost or hiring a hauling service to take your carpet away from you.