Asked on Mar 20, 2018

How do I take carpet off of stairs?

Christel2dogalLsherbach
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Answered

Is it a job I can do myself?

5 answers
  • Lsherbach
    on Mar 20, 2018

    get a good pair of work gloves, a mask for your nose and mouth and a sturdy pair of pliers, and start pulling from one corner. It should come up pretty easily. You will then be left with the carpet tacking strips and using those same pliers, and some kind of chisel or pry bar carefully pull up the strips. be careful because the tacks will be on both sides of the strips. Dispose of carefully.
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    on Mar 20, 2018

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  • 2dogal
    on Mar 20, 2018

    Easp Peasy! the carpet is usually held down by a tack strip along the edge of the steps. Just pull the carpet up. Then use a flat edged screwdriver or chisel to pop off the tack strips. If the carpet is stapled down (some are) use a flat edged screwdriver and wiggle it under the staple and pop it off. Lots of work.
  • Christel
    on Mar 21, 2018

    You can absolutely do this yourself!! After removing lots of old carpet in our 1960’s home, I’ve learned that the best tools are good gloves, tennis shoes, pliers, flat-edge screwdriver, hammer and a container to put the pulled staples into (they tend to put holes in normal garbage bags). First, put on your gloves and start pulling out the carpet (may need to use a box knive to cut the carpet if you can’t pull up an edge). Be careful after you pull the carpet out as we found staples that held down the padding. Use the flat-edge screw driver to get under the tack strips (around the edges). Use the hammer to help get the screwdriver under the tack strip if necessary. Use the pliers to pull out any stray staples. Depending on how many stairs you have, removing the carpet should only take an hour or two. Good Luck!! 😃👍
    • Lea10655657
      on Mar 21, 2018

      Thank you! It’s been really helpful getting your answers! My condo was built in the forties and remodeled in the early eighties I’m wondering what kind of wood is under the carpet! The downstairs had hardwood floors, but the upstairs is a mystery to me! I’m wanting to start on it this summer
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