What NOT to Do for Carpet Removal

Posted January 28, 2021 by in Decor

We have always discussed a lot about what you should do for carpet removal. This time around, we will look at what NOT to do. Are there certain things that you need to avoid when you’re removing a piece of carpet?

Well, everything has its way of operation. And carpet removal is no exception to this policy. So, here are the things that you aren’t supposed to do when removing your carpet:

Failing to Move Furniture Outside

Most people believe that they can just take on a carpet removal project even when the furniture pieces are still inside the room. While it is possible, the process will be too cumbersome for you to complete successfully. You’ll have to engage in heavy lifting all of the time as you transfer the pieces of furniture to different places in the room. Why not opt instead to have them outside?

You can even rent a storage container that you use to keep your furniture from harsh weather conditions, at least until the project is complete. If the weather isn’t that bad, you can have the pieces of furniture stay outside. For instance, they can remain in the driveway. If you can create space for them inside the garage, then that would be better.

Since most of the pieces of furniture known to man are heavy, consider getting help from friends or other people. You can set aside another budget for this.

Starting in Other Areas before the Corners

The reason carpet removal pros advise people to start from the corners is pretty simple. The corners are tricky to reach. And for this reason, you should start with them as you head on to other parts of the carpet.

In fact, the necessary installation behind a carpet is from the corners to other parts. Even the tucking effort is applied mostly to the corners. So, this means that removing the carpet from the corners makes it much easier than doing it from any other parts.

When removing the carpet from the corners, you’ll need to start by removing the baseboards. After that, you’ll grab the corners using nose pliers and pull gently.

Not Clearing Obstructions

When you’re removing the carpet, you’ll need to roll it up and then take it out of the room. But you see, you can’t roll it easily if you haven’t removed all of the unnecessary stuff blocking the way.

Even simple navigation as a person will be difficult when there are obstructions all over the place. And that brings us back to the point of removing furniture. But furniture isn’t the only thing that you have to remove from the path of a rolling carpet. There are other tiny and even large household items that you need to relocate meanwhile.

When the place is too crowded to move freely during a carpet removal project, there are high tripping chances.

Ignoring the Need for a Dumpster Rental

A dumpster rental is beneficial in a carpet removal project. Just imagine all of the waste that you get after you have completed everything. All that won’t fit inside your small garbage bin. Remember, you have to find an eco-friendly way to dispose of the carpet. Therefore, the only option that you have left on the plate is to rent a dumpster.

There are different sizes of dumpsters, depending on how much junk you have. If you’re unsure of the size that fits your project in cubic yards, then it would be best if you let the pros come and assess themselves.

The good thing about renting a dumpster is that you don’t even have to be home when they come to pick it up. Just ensure that you haven’t filled it to the brim, as this would attract fines and penalties.

Forgetting to Remove the Tacking

The tacking is the wood that is installed directly onto the subfloor with sharp teeth pointed upwards. These teeth hold the carpet firmly in position and prevent it from moving all over the place.

However, it’s crucial to ensure that the tacking is in excellent condition. Otherwise, you’ll have to remove it altogether. This is especially the case when you’re going to replace the carpet with a new flooring type.

Ignoring and Not Treating the Bare Subfloor

The subfloor is a sensitive part of your house. Spills and pet accidents will generally soak into the subfloor. Well, this is unless you prevent it from going through the carpet. You’ll need to treat these stains before you can install the new carpeting. Otherwise, you’ll leave a rot and stain that will affect the new carpeting.

Many people tend to avoid this treating process, thus, ending up with more problems than they could have avoided.


As you can see, these are the don’ts of carpet removal. Try and remember them to avoid making mistakes that affect the quality of your flooring and the durability of the floor.