Floor Covering DisposalLike many other types of construction materials, carpet and other types of flooring are usually on the approved pick up list for the local trash collection agency. These companies typically prohibit construction and remodeling debris. And, since carpet is now largely recyclable, it must go to the appropriate facility.
Getting ready to lug your worn-out wall-to-wall to the curb? You’re not alone. Americans get rid of some five billion pounds of carpet each year—that’s nearly seven times the weight of the Empire State Building. But thanks to an industry/government group called the Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE), you may be able to recycle rugs you once would have thrown away. —This Old HouseKeep in mind, there’s also the padding to deal with. Furthermore, you might have to put some TLC into the subfloor underneath. Since carpet is so porous, it’s common to find stains and other sorts of damage to the subfloor.
Old Carpet Removal in North PortNow, taking up old carpet isn’t the most difficult thing you’ll ever do (unless, of course, it’s glued down, which will make it one of the most difficult jobs you’ve ever done). It’s really about freeing it from the edge tacking strips and rolling it up. Here’s how to go about old carpet removal:
- Move any furniture out. Some people try to skip this step, thinking they can just move furniture around the room without having to actually relocate it to another area. This simply won’t work, so move all furniture out of the room.
- Take the base trim off the walls. Take the base trim around the walls off. You’ll just need a pry bar to do so. Exercise caution if you plan to reuse the trim again.
- Pull up the carpet and padding. Start in a corner and pull it up gently. (Don’t yank it or it might tear and begin to fray.) Work across the room from one side to the other. Then, roll up the carpet and do the same for the padding.
- Address any subfloor messes. Lastly, you’ll need to clean and disinfect the subfloor (especially if there are stains or other problems). Use warm water and a little bleach for the best results.