Being disabled I need to pull up dog haired filled carpet allergic to?


I bought home in 2012. Previous owners professionallly washed carpets. I did 6 months later again. Can’t take it no more & it’s lifting in several places across my whole house. Help please.

q being disabled i need to pull up dog haired filled carpet allergic to

This is one Out of 14 spots across my living room, master bedroom, down hallway, 2 separate bedrooms. Home only 1321 sq ft. Rest has 20” tile in small entry way, kitchen/nook area, laundry & bathrooms - Thank gosh. I just want to pull it all up so I can breathe so much better.

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  • Bonnie Bonnie on Jul 26, 2018

    If you want to remove the carpet completely

    Loosen the carpet strips where it meets tile.

    Using a box blade cut the carpet in 4 ft. Strips , roll and carry out to trash.

    Next remove the padding and stuff in garbage bags.

    If you are not going back with carpet again the tack strips along edges will need to be removed. Wear knee pads and leather gloves. Slide a small flat bar under the strip and gently pop it up...especially if the subfloor is concrete because the short nails will pull round chunks out of the concrete subfloor.

  • Debra Strickler Debra Strickler on Jul 26, 2018

    oh no it will pull up concrete from removing the tack strips once carpet is cut & pulled up?? This sounds like a dusty job that could make my breathing worse. 😩

    • Yes a dirty dusty job, but once it is done you will be able to breath easier. Hire a handyman if need be.

      What do you want to do after removing the carpet? You need a plan . . . Concrete slab is hard on feet and back, especially if standing for any length of time. Get gel mats for areas you need to stand, like in the kitchen.

  • Ili Ili on Jul 26, 2018

    Hope you own this house since if renting you would need permission from landlord...Hire a trusted person to do this you have a son, husband, nephew or handy women in your family??? and yes, have a plan to cover the floor after carpet has been removed....if tile doesn't bother you maybe that will be a good choice.....JMO

  • Mary Mary on Jul 27, 2018
    The job is not technically difficult but you need help moving the furniture. If you are able to shop, pick up a pack of white face masks, a good quality box cutter/knife, duct tape, and knee pads (or use a fat towel for your knees) from a hardware store. If your floors are concrete, you need a LOT of extra blades. Wear work gloves to protect your hands. Start slicing with the box cutter about 3 feet away from a wall. Press down hard! After you cut about 6 feet, roll up the carpet and run a full circle of tape around it. This will make it easier to carry or throw and it won't be too heavy. Do the same thing with the padding. Rest often, but you can do this. Good luck!

  • Twyla J Boyer Twyla J Boyer on Aug 08, 2018

    As a person who has dealt with the health effects of serious allergies, please get someone else to do this project for you. Trade work days with a friend or hire someone. The amount of "stuff" ripping out carpet will put into the air and into your heating and cooling ducts is more than you should breathe.

    If you insist on doing it yourself, wear a mask and gloves and cover all your vents and cold air returns with a couple layers of plastic taped well. Carpet rips up fairly easily - it is usually attached mostly along the outside edged. The carpet pad (under the carpet) is usually stapled all over the place with lots and lots of staples. The tack strips are sharp and out to get you, so be super careful with those. They will pull up with a pry bar. If the subfloor is concrete the carpet pad (assuming there is one) will likely be glued down rather than stapled. If nailed into concrete, be slow and careful when pulling the tack strips out or you will pull out chunks.

    You will need a good carpet knife and several extra blades to cut the carpet into manageable strips. When rolled up, duct tape is the easiest way to keep the rolls together for transportation to the curb.

  • Dee Dee on Aug 22, 2018

    You could have laminate put down over the concrete. This will eliminate the carpet. Or even the new luxury vinyl which is waterproof and easy to keep clean. A professional will be able to pull the carpet out and install the new flooring. With allergies you do not need to do it yourself.

  • Steve in GA Steve in GA on Aug 22, 2018

    I've done this a couple of times over plywood subfloor, and after doing it once I made sure the next time that I got an N95 mask. They filter out a lot more than regular masks.