Did you recently move or start a new renovation project? Are you looking at your old carpet and worrying about how hard it is going to be to remove it? Luckily, removing carpet is genuinely not that hard. Not to mention, changing up your flooring can completely transform your space.

Although removing carpet can seem like an incredibly daunting task, we’ve compiled a step-by-step guide for the two easiest ways to remove carpet without breaking the bank or your back!


There are a number of reasons to replace or remove your existing carpeting. Those reasons can be some of the following:


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Your carpeting can sometimes be as old as the house you live in, and depending on the number of people living under your roof (and the age of your home, of course), that can be more than enough of a case for replacing your carpet.

The average life of a carpet is anywhere from 3-5 years. However, if you have more than four residences, that number begins to dwindle. Old carpeting can start to collect dirt, dust, and other bacteria that, no matter the number of deep cleans or vacuums, will never feel as clean or fresh as new flooring.

If you have old, or strained carpeting, it’s certainly a reason to replace and remove your existing carpeting.


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Believe it or not, back in the day, red shag carpeting was a thing, and if you’re renovating, you may have come across some carpeting nightmares. Having old carpeting can completely change the feel of a room. Bright colors and patterns can also be extremely limiting when it comes to design and decorations.

Outdated carpeting is more than reason enough to remove or replace your existing carpeting. Making the switch to new carpet, tile, wood flooring, and more is an easy way to update a space.


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Maybe your carpet isn’t outdated or stained at all, and you’re just renovating for a new look. If you’re renovating, that is the perfect reason to remove and replace your carpeting. If your carpet is still in good condition, consider saving it for future projects, selling, or donating it to your local donation center.


As we discussed above, the average lifespan for carpeting is estimated anywhere between 3-5 years. However, this greatly depends upon the average number of household residents you have and the 3-5 years is based on an average of 2-4 individuals. Not only does foot traffic get taken into account, but it’s also imperative to consider the quality of not only your carpets construction but the quality of the materials as well.

After a few years, carpet fibers begin to weaken, becoming old and frayed. Depending on the quality of your carpet, you can gain approximately 15 years of proper use out of it before a replacement is necessary. However, if you or someone who lived in the home before you was a heavy smoker, you may want to consider replacing it much sooner due to the bacteria and odor.


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There are a number of methods you can use for removing carpeting yourself. It can be tempting to pay to have a professional remove it at the time of install, but it’s a simple and quick task many can easily do themselves.  We have selected 2 easy methods of removing your carpeting that’s perfect for beginners and those with tools and precision.


This method is suggested if you are looking to replace your existing carpeting with new carpeting. We also recommend this method for those who don’t have a lot of tools or manpower for removing carpeting. This way, you don’t have to worry about extra steps like eliminating tack strips or carpet pads. All you need to remove your carpet is a sturdy pair of pliers.


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Firstly, before you begin your renovation, you’ll want to ensure that all of your furnishings are moved out of the way before you begin to move your carpeting. We know it can be frustrating to move furniture during the course of your renovations. Take the time now to move things out of the way for easier access to all of the carpeting you’re looking to remove.

Another thing you’ll want to consider is if your carpeting is old, or if you are replacing it because of a burst-pipe or it’s damp for any reason, you may want to wear a dust mask. It’s also smart to think about adequately ventilating your space before you begin moving things around. Dust and other airborne particles can easily be airborne while you’re working.


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Now that you’re adequately prepared to begin your renovation, you may start removing your carpeting. To remove your carpet, merely go to a corner of the room,  take a sturdy pair of pliers, and pull the carpeting back away from the wall. Once you’ve pulled it back roughly two feet, begin to fold the carpeting over to make it easier to manage as you remove it all. You can also roll it, depending on the shape of your room and the size of the carpeting.

Continue pulling the carpeting until all of the carpet has been removed from the floor. Carry the folded up, or rolled up piece of carpet out of the room, so you can begin your clean up. Please note, there may be a fee associated with safely disposing of used carpeting. Make sure to do your research ahead of time to ensure you can swiftly and safely dispose of or donate your unwanted and used carpeting.


Now that you’ve removed all of your unwanted carpeting, it’s time to clean up! We suggest using a more industrial vacuum cleaner, like a shop vacuum, to clean the subfloor. You may also need to do a bit of dusting if your carpeting was old.


This is the method we suggest you use if you’re looking to remove carpeting altogether. Perhaps you are looking to replace your carpeting with wood flooring and will need to remove the carpet pad and tack strips.


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As we mentioned above in the first method, to prepare for your carpet renovation, you will first want to ensure you have removed any obstacles from your path. Take a look at the room that you will be removing the carpeting from and remove any furniture objects you feel may hinder your progress.

It’s also a great idea to consider wearing a dust mask, especially when entirely removing and hauling out old or damp carpeting. Additionally, due to the fact that you will be removing the carpeting completely, you will be working with much rougher materials like staples and tacks. We suggest wearing thick, working, gloves to protect your hands from rough edges and pokes. Don’t forget your feet either! Try a sturdy, thick-soled shoe that will properly protect your feet.


It’s time to start removing your carpeting. For this step, you’ll want to use a pair of pliers, a crowbar, and a utility knife (if necessary). Just as you would do if you were replacing carpet, you start by pulling up a corner of the carpet, near any wall that you choose. You can use a pair of pliers to aid you in grasping the ends and pulling them back, or you can use a crowbar to wedge underneath and pull up.

A crowbar helps move the process along that much quicker but can be a more aggressive tool that can accidentally remove tack strips or damage carpet pads, which is why we only recommend it if you’re eliminating carpet completely. A utility knife is also a great way to speed up and streamline the carpet removal process. Use the knife to cut the carpet into more manageable strips to roll up and remove. However, if you’re using a knife, we suggest cutting the carpet from the back, as it’s easier to break there.


After you have fully removed the carpeting from the room, it’s time to remove the tack strips. A tack strip is the thin piece of wood that is studded with nails and frames the border of the room. To begin removing them, use your crowbar to pry each one out of the floor.


After you have fully removed the carpeting from the room, it’s time to remove the tack strips. A tack strip is the thin piece of wood that is studded with nails and frames the border of the room. To begin removing them, use your crowbar to pry each one out of the floor.


You’re finally all done with your initial renovation! Removing carpeting can easily encourage dust and other particles to become airborne. Use an industrial vacuum cleaner to remove any dust or excess carpet fibers.


Whether you’re looking to update or upgrade your space, there is an easy method of removing carpet that can work for your budget and abilities. Removing carpet doesn’t have to be a hassle, and with the easy steps above, you’ll start your renovation in no time!