How hard is it to remove carpet and install another type of flooring?

Rachel Brooke
by Rachel Brooke
i want replqce my old carpet with a different carpet. I have four rooms that I would like to switch out.

  6 answers
  • Jlnatty Jlnatty on Mar 04, 2018

    I have removed wall to wall carpet that was NOT glued down, all by myself and I'm 66. It's a lot of grunt work, but doable. Be sure you have a really sharp utility knife to cut the carpeting into rolls, with a supply of replacement blades, and masking tape to tape up the rolls before disposal. I did this by myself, but a helper would have been great - to help with the rolling and taping the rolls, and helping pull the tack strips and staples. The hardest part for me was removing the tack boards around the perimeter of the room after the carpet and padding was removed, and then going over the floor (original hardwood) on my hands and knees (you may want to invest in good knee pads, but whatever you do, be sure you use plenty of padding under your knees as you work!) feeling with my hands for staples and then the arm strength to pull them out! The results were worth it; there were original hardwoods underneath and I was able to spot treat/clean up and touch up areas with stain marker pens where there was water damage and spots on the wood, and also remove old paint splatter, before applying a product formulated to apply a protective finish and sheen to wood floors. It took time - I spent probably 25 hours doing 3 rooms this way over 5 days - but it saved us about $900 that it would have cost to have each of the rooms sanded and stained.

  • Rachel Brooke Rachel Brooke on Mar 04, 2018

    Thank you. The only thing under my carpet is a concrete slab.

  • Joyceawhitt Joyceawhitt on Mar 05, 2018

    Depending on the company that you are buying the carpet from they may remove it for free. If your present carpet is on concrete a really sharp utility knife and some muscle from friends and it shouldn't take to long but cut it in strips that you can handle to get them to the curb.

  • Phyllis Lane Phyllis Lane on Mar 05, 2018

    If you are doing it yourself and replacing it with more wall-to-wall carpet, do NOT remove the tack strips. They can be reused.

    • K S K S on Mar 05, 2018

      Yes 2 keeping good condition tack strips down if replacing carpet.

  • Caseyem11 Caseyem11 on Mar 05, 2018

    Ditto what everyone has said. I just add that you will want some Advil when all is done.😜

  • Sandy Sandy on Mar 06, 2018

    Start with your smallest room so that you can get an idea of what you are getting yourself into. Also be ready to tip your garbage men to haul it away. I have had to chase them down and then mention that it was worth a bit more to me to have it hauled away this week. . . LOL This is hard work, but if you take your time and follow the advice of the other gals, you can do it. But like all projects, it will take three times longer and three times more effort and sore muscles.

    • Rachel Brooke Rachel Brooke on Mar 06, 2018

      Thanks. I need to researched how to install wood floors to decide if I want to do it.