Asked on Dec 29, 2018

What is the easiest way to remove wall to wall carpet in basement?



I have carpet on basement stairs that seems impossible to remove . It is on the side of stairs as well. Not sure if it’s millions of staples or glue holding it on!?

3 answers
  • Janice
    on Dec 29, 2018

    Hi Colleen, you'll need to start at a corner and it very well may be attached with both staples and glue. Or cut a chunk out of one of the steps and just start pulling. A claw foot hammer with the nail puller on the opposite side will help you get the staples out. Time-consuming, tiring job but you can do it.

  • Oliva
    on Dec 29, 2018

    Hi, Colleen,

    A shorter length pry bar; long, larger, flat headed screwdriver; needle nosed pliers will come in handy for this project.Wear eye protection, gloves, and heavy duty knee pads.

  • Em
    on Dec 31, 2018

    All good advice above. When you start in corner to loosen cut in 3 foot lengths with a utility knife and roll up, being careful to LIFT off of the floor as you cut or shove a board under the piece you are cutting so you do not damage flooring underneath. It is easier to cut from the bottom of the carpet as you lift. It is too hard to cut thru the top where the pile is.

    When you get to the opposite wall tie a rope around the roll and take to curb. The majority of trash pick up places will not take larger than 3 foot and must be tied.

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