How to Remove Old Nasty Carpet — by Home Repair Tutor



hi everyone its Jeff with home repair tutor and today I'm going to share with you how to remove old worn-out carpet from your house so I've got some great tips for you before you know it you're gonna have a brand new looking room and you're gonna feel a lot happier about the way that your house looks so let's get started I've got some great tips stay tuned alright what I like to do is start in a corner obviously if you can't pull up the carpet by hand like right here I can't pull this up by hand what you can do is cut with both hands a little notched in the corner okay so you can pull up the carpet that way alright so the notch allows you to grab it with your hands and then you can simply pull back using both hands the carpet is going to be attached to these tack strips and that's no problem the carpet will just come right off the tack strips when you pull pull the carpet back from the wall and into the center of the room for this size room I like to fold the carpet into thirds so I fold over one side and I'll fold over the other side but before I do that when I fold it into thirds I can take my utility knife with both hands and just cut along the fold and what this will allow me to do is to roll up the carpet into manageable pieces okay because not all of us are Superman right I know I'm certainly not and I don't want to kill my back taking this down to the street so roll it up into thirds and then what you can do just take a piece of duct tape I didn't mean to do that but you take a piece of duct tape tape up the roll take this set it aside fold over the other portion of the carpet into the center cut that fold and do that repeat the process do the same thing okay so what you're left with is the padding on the floor so padding is just tacked down most likely with staples and it's only the staples are only along the perimeter of the padding so the cool part about that is all you need to do with your fingers is pull back and remove the padding and just be careful you may want to wear gloves because the staples if they come up into the pad they can jab your fingers although I'm not wearing gloves cuz I forgot that so anyhow the next step in removing old carpet is to remove the pad now the carpet padding is pretty flimsy you can roll it up easier than the carpet itself so what I'd like to do is fold it over on itself like so and then use duct tape after removing the carpet pad and next thing that you absolutely need to do especially if you have if you're gonna install hardwood floors over your wood subfloor here is remove the metal staples otherwise your hardwood floor isn't gonna sit flush on this wood subfloor now if you're gonna put in maybe laminate with a padding on it or carpet it's not that big of a deal but you definitely want to remove as many staples as possible okay so what I like to do is one of two things you can use your favorite pliers or snips to remove all the staples like so or you can use a pry bar like this and just remove all the staples in an orderly fashion now if you if the pry bar is proven to be slow you can go back to your snips alright so here's a big tip check your subfloor for squeaks like mine check this out right so this is squeaky here if you're gonna install hardwood floors carpet laminate or whatever you totally want to make sure that this squeak is eliminated and you can do that by finding the joist and that's indicated by the screws that go through this wood subfloor so what you want to do is line up a ring shank nail tap it in place secure this wood subfloor more to this to the joist that's underneath it okay and do the same thing with every screw that you see just secure either a ring shank now or a 2-inch deck screw so that you eliminate that squeak all gone right oh so if you're going to install hardwood floors laminate anything other than carpet you need to remove these tack strips but if you're gonna have carpet down just leave them in place the one caveat to that is you need to inspect them if they're rusted out like these ones are that's an indicator that maybe you had a roof leak if this is on the second floor at work simply somebody spilled a drink or in water and that's what causes the rust in any case remove all rust without tack strips and replace them with new ones and all you need to do is take a pry bar like this one shove it underneath there and put fire off there are nails that hold it in place okay you want to find those nails if the hammer excuse me it's a pry bar isn't going in help it out okay help it out but in any case you want to find those nails that are holding it down slide the pry bar underneath it and go to town all right that's how you remove carpet from your house not too bad it is a tough job I'll be honest with you the worst part is removing the staples but I got two tips that will help you out with that part number one if you don't have knee pads use a towel put a towel on the subfloor save your knees second tip is use gloves don't be a dummy like me and get blisters I forgot my gloves for today big mistake so use gloves when you're removing the staples or the tack strips so that's it for today totally check out my website at homerepairtutor.com and sign up for the email newsletter because you'll get tips every single week that'll help you save money and time so have a great day and I'll see you soon you

35 Comments

  • Ron Glass

    April 14, 2019

    to get the staples out WAY easier, use a long handled spade- ice scraper. the staples dont have to all come out, they just have to be flat and no pieces of pad under them. the tack strips dont have to be removed for any reason unless it is dry rotted. if any pet stains on the floor or on the tackless, just sprinkle arm and hammer baking soda over it and leave it .install the pad right over it

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  • largechungus

    April 14, 2019

    best to wear some jeans and long sleeves the padding we just pulled up the other day really fucked us up bad

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  • Carol B.

    April 14, 2019

    Confused. That carpet looks really good. Practically new compared to the nasty old carpet we have to pull up ?

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  • Rockit

    April 14, 2019

    I`ll be doing this – this weekend – oh what fun!

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  • Karin Tolbert

    April 14, 2019

    Carpet/padding up!!! Thank you so much! All's left is closer carpet and st-st-st- staples? lol know that's gonna take a minute… You're the best!!

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  • Dia Duit

    April 14, 2019

    Brilliant, thank you so much 🙂

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  • Susan Fudge

    April 14, 2019

    I wish my carpet had that cheap plywood under it. I'd stain it and varnish it. Mine is just concrete.

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  • D S

    April 14, 2019

    Good tips but I would have let someone come and take that carpet intact to reuse as it looks to be in great shape. I just ripped all the carpet out of my house that was installed 20-30 years ago. The underside had round pee stains everywhere and there was about half an inch of dirt under the pad in the heavy traffic areas!

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  • C.D.D.

    April 14, 2019

    Will I save money if I remove the carpet myself? I'm planning to buy new carpet and have it installed.

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  • Matty Lee85

    April 14, 2019

    A floor scraper works best getting the staples out

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  • Bea Leighton

    April 14, 2019

    Thank you for this video! Your personality and easy to follow instructions were incredibly helpful

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  • yc1515

    April 14, 2019

    Thanks. I just did it after watching your video. Was a big help.

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  • Black Goku

    April 14, 2019

    You saved me bro i got a job to do for a friend with removing his carpets phew i owe you one lol

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  • seriously? really?

    April 14, 2019

    Wear gloves with removing ALL floor covering, carpet and pad because you dont know if there is animal urine and feces soaked down to the subfloor.

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  • dead beat

    April 14, 2019

    Do we have to remove the baseboard if we want to restore the wood floor underneath?

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  • Hal

    April 14, 2019

    I can't understand why do carpets are so popular in some countries. It is a very unsanitary flooring solution to me.

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  • Wolf Thorn

    April 14, 2019

    How to Remove Old Nasty Carpet?
    Get a divorce.

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  • Donna Morrow

    April 14, 2019

    LOVED that open-mouthed thumbs up there, guy. 🙂 Seriously though, this has been very helpful. You demystified the process for me. Thanks, Jeff.

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  • Mitchell Benson

    April 14, 2019

    This is the Biggerpockets podcast music! Lol

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  • Charlyn Garcia

    April 14, 2019

    My favorite handy man with a personality 🙂 I love it.

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  • Steve Bentley

    April 14, 2019

    If you're a DIYer, if you have a hoe (garden tool, not a reference to another human), that works great to scrape up staples. I myself am a contractor and have a stand up scraper, if you're not opposed to spending $30 on one, that's the way to go. Also, no need to fold your carpet over, 95% of the time you can just release it from the tackstrip around the entire perimeter and cut the top of the carpet into strips. The only time you will have diffuculty cutting through the top is if you're carpet is so old it is saturated with dirt, or you didn't vacuum first, which I recommend doing.

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  • Most Likely We Do It Services

    April 14, 2019

    Dude take a hook blade in a multi-tool and rip through the carpet. I just did 3-bedroom & large living room and just broke a small sweat. Rolled up the sections without rolling the carpet over.

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  • Dave Ridlespriger 2

    April 14, 2019

    No free passes.

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  • Mike Dambowic

    April 14, 2019

    IVE INSTALLING CARPET FOR 18 YEARS ,??USE A STANDUP SCRAPER FOR STAPLES,AND I CUT STRIPS OF CARPET TO TIE UP ROLLS OF CARPET?

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  • myutubechannel

    April 14, 2019

    wear glove also at the beginning when pulling up the carpet. Its easy to get hurt by those nasty rusty nail strip along the wall.

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  • Mario Q

    April 14, 2019

    Quick question, is it necessary to remove baseboard in order to install laminate flooring?

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  • Dustin Shong

    April 14, 2019

    Thank you bub.

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  • Vash TheStampede

    April 14, 2019

    your carpet looks new, you should see the carpet i'm removing, kids room, and kids are hard on carpet, play dough suck to carpet.

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  • Nina Tokia

    April 14, 2019

    My bedroom carpet is ugly n mouldy i just want to get rid of it..my stupid landlord wont replace it and its at least 15 yrs old!!! ?????

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  • Tee Jay

    April 14, 2019

    Great vid. Ty for this

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  • Tuesday Walker Hodges

    April 14, 2019

    How do you remove the tack boards if you want to save the hardwood flooring?

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  • Spencer Swain

    April 14, 2019

    very great tips!

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  • Malcolm Nadeau

    April 14, 2019

    Thank you very much… I was able to marvel my friends with this incredible technique. What they estimated would take 8 hours took only 2.

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  • That's Mando

    April 14, 2019

    My carpet looks like someone urinated on it, walked all over it wearing dirty shoes over the years, and maybe even barfed on it yuk! It definitely has to go. Imy sure the floor looks way better ?

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  • ReelMan

    April 14, 2019

    Awesome bud thanks for the info!!!

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