What to Know about Flooring Removal Whether you’re doing remodeling prep, rehabilitating a property, or just replacing carpet with another type of flooring, you should know what to expect. Carpet is the most porous type of flooring and because of its material composition, that means you’re probably in for one or more unpleasant surprises. A common phenomenon is the decomposition of the padding underneath. Although designed to provide many years of function, constant traffic takes a heavy toll.
Pulling up carpet is a relatively easy task although when rolled up a carpet can be very heavy, bulky and difficult to move. If there’s no need to save the carpet it is easier to cut the carpet into smaller sections with a utility knife and move the sections out one at a time. It’s usually easier to cut carpet from the back so when cutting it into small sections, fold a section over revealing the back then slice through the woven backing with a utility or carpet knife. – DIY Network The padding thins and eventually, begins to break apart, leaving debris scattered under the carpet. It also can bulge, causing an uneven floor, making it unusable. Another thing you’ll likely encounter is what’s known as “pet damage.” Remember all those messes you’ve supposedly cleaned up over the years? Well, those will be waiting for you on the subfloor. Because carpet is porous, pet waste, as well as spills, will go right through the material and soak into the subfloor.
Carpet Removal Mistakes Englewood Residents should Avoid Carpet removal mistakes will only compound an already unpleasant situation. So, be sure to avoid the following:
- Empty the room and remove the base trim. Don’t make the mistake of leaving anything in the room. Clear it out and then uninstall the base trim along the bottom of the walls.
- Pull the carpet from one or more corners. When the room is empty and the trim is off the walls, then you can roll up the carpet by starting in a corner and working laterally to free one side. You can cut the carpet in half and make two rolls so it’s easier to manage.
- Roll up the padding and examine the subfloor. Next, you can simply roll up the carpet padding into one roll. Or, cut it into two sections to create two smaller rolls.