Carpet Removal Process : From Head To Toe

Carpet Removal ProcessOld carpet!

What a disgusting smell!

Oh! I have fallen by tripping into the torn part of the carpet.

Do these voices echo in your house too?

If yes, it means the time is to finally decide to get rid of the worn-out carpet. If you have agreed to install a new carpet, go through the full carpet removal process for the proper clean-up and brightening.

Final goal

Have a final decision for the remodeling. You should decide first whether you want to save the material like nails or something else lying underneath the carpet. Also, if you’re going to put down a new carpet, you can leave the tack strips if they are in good condition.

Otherwise, get everything cleared like an expert.


What you need is time, energy, and some tools.


  • Utility knife
  • Crowbar
  • Safety gloves
  • staple remover
  • pliers
  • carpet cutter
  • Eyewear for protection
  • dust mask

Step by step guide

1) Open space

Remember to remove obstacles like get all the furnishings out of the way. If there is some problem, use a crowbar. Even remove the doors as well that swing into the way. Get rid of dust to protect yourself from allergies.

2) Precautions

Wear a dust mask, gloves, and protective eyewear. These are must to ward off the risks of allergy and asthma. Save your hands from staples, utility knife, and tack strips while cutting the carpet.

3) Start ripping off the carpet

First of all, take the help of pliers to loosen a corner. Start cutting the carpet into strips into the easy to handle size. Pull it back, fold it over, and cut with the utility knife. Be careful about protecting the floor beneath the carpet. Then, collect all the cut strips and take them out of the room.

4) Removing tack strips

Wear gloves for your hand protection. Use the crowbar to pry the tack strips off the floor. Also, remove thin pieces of wood studded with nails around the border of the room.

5) Pulling back carpet pad

Now it’s time to remove the carpet pad. Start from the corner and repeat the same process as you did with the carpet by folding the pad over and cutting it into strips. As it would be stapled, use a floor scraper or pliers to pull out staples and any glued pieces.

6) Clean up

Finally, you have tossed the rug out, but the stained floor has come out. Don’t worry. Start the clean-up of the floor by the professional service of the sanitation department or carpet removal and have a new look of your floor.

7) Disposal

The next step is the right choice for disposal.

Options to dispose of old carpet

  1. You can throw the old carpet strips into landfills after taking permission.
  2. Settle the price with the installer of the new floor by exchanging the old carpet
  3. Ask from the dumpsite where you usually send your trash
  4. Be creative and think if you can reuse it.