How to remove carpet

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How to remove carpet

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Project Overview

Removing old carpet is an easy job you can do yourself with a few simple tools. We show you how to cut your carpet and get in underneath to lift it off easily. You will also see how to remove the underlay and what tools you should use to do the job. 
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This D.I.Y. Advice is part of a series How to lay carpet

Step by Step Instructions

1 Pull up the carpet
2 Remove the Underlay
  • Step 1. Pull up the carpet

    Start by cutting a strip 4cm wide and 1m long in one corner of the carpet. Use a flat head screwdriver and a wrecking bar to gently pry the strip off the tacks underneath. When you can reach in under the carpet, pull up the whole corner. Then follow the edge around, pulling the carpet up and rolling it into the centre of the room.  Once the carpet is all up, get a couple of people to help you take it out.
  • Step 2. Remove the Underlay

    Once the carpet is out of the way, pull up the underlay. It’s really the same process as removing the carpet, although it should be easier to start. Pull up from the edges and roll it all into the middle of the room. One again, you’ll need help from a couple of people to carry it out. Then use a pair of pliers to pull out the staples that hold the underlay on to the floor.

Tools and Materials

Tools

  • Dust mask
  • Flat head screwdriver
  • Gloves
  • Pliers
  • Safety glasses
  • Sharp knife
  • Wrecking bar
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