How should I get rid of old kitchen carpet glued to the floor?


I also want to know what would be the best kitchen flooring and least expensive option after getting rid of the carpeting. The carpeting goes up the wall about 6 inches all around as a baseboard. Whoever thought carpeting a kitchen was a good idea?

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  • Hey joanna, you think that's bad, my grandparents just bought a house and both bathrooms were carpeted!! There are peel and stick vinyl tiles that are very inexpensive yet sturdy and they have sooooo many color and pattern oprions, you can even get some that look like wood. When you start pulling up the carpet and if you Find that its glued down, Find a long scraper tool that's designed lift up floor tiles, that should help get under the carpet. Hopefully it's just nailed down

    • Jonna Willadsen Jonna Willadsen on Aug 09, 2018

      Yep, this house I am referring to is my 90 year old mother's. They also had carpeting in their bathroom until a few years ago. The carpet in the kitchen is glued down to a subfloor. I remember, as a kid, that there were old black and white checkerboard linoleum tiles in there. I've put down the vinyl floor tiles in a couple other houses I lived in and hope to find something different. The biggest problem I will have is getting up the old carpet and glue to see if it is actually over the old linoleum tiles or a sub floor.

  • Linda Sikut Linda Sikut on Aug 09, 2018

    Hi Jonna,

    I used to have carpeting in my kitchen and quite honestly, I loved the warmth of the floors on a cold winter morning. Removing kitchen carpeting usually means softening the glue that's holding it down. The safest way to do that is with an iron. Use the lowest steam setting and set it on the edge where you want to start. Use a scraper to gently remove the carpet (try to keep it horizontal so that you don't gouge the floor). Keep moving the iron and pulling up the carpet until it's all gone. There will probably be some glue left. You can use a paint remover for large areas but a sander will also work and won't smell as much. If you use a remover be sure to ventilate the room and have fans going.

    As for a replacement, vinyl tile is a good option, inexpensive and fairly easy to do. Just be sure it's a good quality and not just the cheapest you can buy. I personally like engineered wood flooring because it can handle water leaks well and is quite durable, but that is a little more expensive. Go to a local home improvement center and see what options are available to you in your area. Then choose the one you like the best. We also redid our hallway and chose a stone linoleum look to complement the wood that is the next room after a step to get there. The combination looks great. I hope this helps you with your project. Wishing you success!


  • Dwp7470b Dwp7470b on Aug 09, 2018

    As long as you are sure

    1. the carpet actually has flooring beneath rather than was glued to a subfloor.

    2. You intend to remove the flooring

    You leave the carpet attached to the floor and pull up both when you pull up the entire, usually using a chisel to get under the floor at the edges.

    Otherwise you need to cut that carpet in strips to remove them and may also need to powersand any glue off the subfloor.

    As far as addressing the carpet segment that climbs up the wall, you will need a wood trim to replace that, and all you do is cut that where the wall meets the floor, and remove any tackboards or nails or staples that attaches the carpet to climb the wall.

    In brief:

    Always, a carpet that climbs a wall is seldom Professionally Installed to climb more than 6 inches because it is used to hide a minor imperfection [such as: Wall dimensions are not square in an old home], that can be better addressed by installing a quality wood trim where the carpet initially was.

    Carpet is a low grade substitute for Quality trim, more oft installed by Realtor associates involved in a short sale, who wanna sell fast rather than by a Pro doing it right.

  • Jonna Willadsen Jonna Willadsen on Aug 09, 2018

    Thanks! My guess is I will have the carpet removed by professionals! I'm thinking I may be too old for this DIY project. 😊

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