To save money, some people may prefer to remove old carpet themselves.
If you decide to tackle the job on your own, here are a few dos and don'ts to effectively remove carpeting:
- Do cut the carpet into 3- to 4-foot wide strips. The strips will roll up neatly, making the carpet easier to carry out of the room.
- Do make sure to remove all the bits and pieces of cushion and staples. If you have a wood subfloor the cushion will be stapled to it, so check to ensure that all the bits are removed after you've pulled up the cushion.
- Do carefully scrape away all glue and cushion that remain after pulling up cushion that had been glued to a concrete slab floor.
- Don't leave behind debris from your old flooring. If you do, the installers will have to complete the job of removal before installing new flooring.
- Do remember that you will feel every little bump left under the new cushion and carpet.
- Don't leave the old carpet outside where it could get wet and therefore messy and heavier to take away.