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lucky strike – carpet removal 101

10 Apr

This is another time traveling post from inside the house. Officially, I believe this was conquest #2.

This was my bedroom the way it looked on closing day. Hot stuff, right? Booger green carpets and more beige. Well, the paint color is still not final, but we did take care of that carpet. Wanna see?

How To Remove Really Old Yucky Carpet


Dust Mask

box cutter

lots of garbage bags

vacuum, broom, dustpan

something to scoop large volumes of carpet padding out

A small (8 inch or less) crowbar or flathead screwdriver and hammer


First, make a cut starting a few feet into the carpet at the wall towards the middle of the room.Careful not to cut all the way  through the padding into whatever is under it!

Cut and then roll the carpet back and out of the way. Repeat this until all of the carpet is gone. Remember to use manageable portions of carpet because when you roll it up it will be awkward to carry and very heavy!

When you get rid of all or some of the carpet, find something to scoop up all of the padding leavins (no, that’s not what it’s really called), that won’t scratch the floor. I had this snow shovel that I thought was a regular sized snow shovel, but was told it is a snow shovel for children. If you are very short and have a plastic snow shovel for children, I highly suggest it.

And then you scrape.

And scrape.

And then you clean and sweep and get rid of all of that carpet padding. We went with a good broom sweeping followed by a vacuum once over. Then I used my steam cleaner on top of that. Carpet padding is disgusting and gritty and itchy. And if you do it in 90 degree weather like we did, it’s even worse.

What you will be left with after all of that hard work is more hard work in the form of tackstrips. See those pieces of wood there? There are nails poking out on both sides of it, so be careful. To get rid of those, take a crowbar made for the job, or a flathead screwdriver pop it underneath, tap with a hammer to push them in farther,  and pry them up. The tackstrips will either pop up whole or snap in half. If they break, just repeat the hammer and crowbar step on the little piece.  They usually aren’t too difficult to get up, there’s just a lot of them. Be careful not to scratch your floor too much once again, and just move around the room popping them up. Then you have a bunch of pieces of wood with nails sticking out of them to throw away. Be careful with that!

Once your tackstrips are removed, you can assess the best way to deal with your floor. If it needs refinished or stained or whatever. I hit floor gold, and hit it with a nice coat of Orange Glo and that baby glimmers! Why would you cover this up with booger carpets?!

It’s not great, but the floors sure do look much better! So hate that carpet you’re dealing with? Pull up a little corner and have a look see underneath. Perhaps there’s something lovely under there.