That’s right, the official carpet removal begun over the weekend! We are officially living in a construction zone with furniture and boxes of knick knacks piled high.
The hubby & I celebrated our 28th wedding anniversary by cutting out carpet from the living room. Well, he got together the tools and I actually did the work (he is recovering from surgery a few weeks ago) but that’s okay…we were there together and he is great moral support.
What do you actually need to remove old nasty carpet, you ask? Face masks, knee pads, carpet knives, large trash bags and gloves. To make the job manageable, I cut the carpet into strips about 18″ wide, rolled each up and placed into trash bags. Trust me, this is WAY easier than removing dirty carpet all in one big bundle (been there, done that).
Once all the carpet and carpet pad had been removed we could see the real damage that the sub-floor had endured. Even though there are some stains from urine there were no soft spots – yeah!
There was a TON of sand and dirt on the sub-floor (the carpet has been here since 1989) which we swept and vacuumed up before moving onto the next step. This just proves that carpet and a beach house don’t work together!
Next step — needle nose pliers and a paint can opener (yes, really) plus a hammer were used to pop out as many of the staples as possible. Most carpet pads are stapled down…what a thankless job! ugh.
I’m starting on removing the tack strips from around the edges today so please wish me luck with that, and trying to find a place to sit down for dinner, LOL!
If you missed the original post, check it our here… Decorating Resolution #1: Ugly Old Carpet