Can you lay new carpet overtop of old carpet?

Debbie White
by Debbie White
  14 answers
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Jun 11, 2017
    It will not lay correctly

  • Christy Benningfield Christy Benningfield on Jun 11, 2017
    No and why would you the old carpet is full of all kinds of nasty stuff

  • FRAN FRAN on Jun 11, 2017
    yes but would you put a clean bandaid over and soiled one, if that carpet isnt clean and fresh just worn you will get smells at best, bugs at worst and you new carpet may ripple if the under carpet isnt flat and perfect, really its not worth chancing

  • Debbie Wilkinson Debbie Wilkinson on Jun 11, 2017
    Definitely not

  • Donna McClure Nygaard Donna McClure Nygaard on Jun 11, 2017
    Don't do it. Do it correctly. Tear up the old carpet and underlay, put down new underlay and carpet.

  • Seethebeauty Seethebeauty on Jun 11, 2017
    My dad has been doing it for thirty years. He has three different kinds of carpet. Do I recommend it? Not really, it's caused us years of embarrassment! but you can do it. Now, I haven't seen this problem with it, but who knows how many layers of dirt, mites, bugs could house under there? We live in Colorado and don't really have a huge pest problem, like more humid states, but it's something to consider.

  • Denise Denise on Jun 11, 2017
    I would say no. Remove the old carpet by pulling along the edges. Be careful of the carpet tacks on the edges. Check your padding for mold or tearing. If it is in bad condition replace the padding also. This will cost a little money I know but the end result will be much better.

  • C. D. Scallan C. D. Scallan on Jun 11, 2017
    I would not advise it, no.

  • Debbie White Debbie White on Jun 11, 2017
    Thank you for your comment. I just figure it would be cheaper since I'm on a budget

  • Jane Jane on Jun 11, 2017
    All the stains and smells, bugs, etc. would just have a new home! Do yerself a favour and get rid of the old first!

  • Sha16976208 Sha16976208 on Jun 11, 2017
    No . It is unhealthy! You are trapping dust mites and allergens under your new carpet.

  • Mary McDonald Mary McDonald on Jun 11, 2017
    We hired a couple to change out the old carpet with the new and from observing the longest part was getting out every single tack or staple. But they had the old carpet outside in less than a half hour. If you did that part and then hire out to install, you could save yourself some money. Good luck!😊