How To Remove Carpet From Concrete Subfloors

Posted on: 25 March 2018

Carpet replacement is one of the most popular home remodels for two reasons. First of all, carpet can get dirty and damaged quite easily. So in many households, especially those with small children, might need to replace the carpet in certain rooms once or twice every decade.

Carpet replacement is also very popular because it is one of the most affordable flooring upgrades. Homeowners can have their carpet replaced for very cheap, especially when you compare it to other flooring projects. The cost of the carpet is cheap, and labor is far more affordable.

Removing Your Own Carpet

If you are still struggling to handle the cost of the project, there is one way that you might be able to make it a little cheaper. You could remove your existing carpet and prepare your subfloors by yourself, so they are 100% ready for the new product to be installed. Here are the best tools and techniques for removing carpet from concrete subfloors. (Note: you might need to use different tools and techniques for removing carpet from wooden subfloors).

Cutting and Removing the Carpet

Since you have concrete underneath your carpet, you can cut right through the middle of the carpet using a utility knife. You'll probably need to make a lot of cuts through the carpet so you will need a few replacement blades. The trick is to cut a slit in the carpet, and then use a prybar, the back end of a hammer, or a similar tool that you can use to grip and rip up the carpet with force.

Removing the Tack Strips

The next step is to remove the tack strips around the edge of the floor. On most concrete subfloor, the tack strips are nailed in using special concrete nails. However, there are actually quite easy to remove. All you need for this job is a hammer. Find where the strips is nailed down to the subfloor. Strike this spot of the wood sideways. If you hit it with enough force, it should explode the nail out of the concrete, freeing the tack strip. The amount of concrete that is going to be chunked up by this process is nothing serious.

All you have to do now is clean your floor and schedule the installation of your new carpet. Make sure you inform the carpet installer that your floor has no carpet and is 100% ready for the installation of the new carpet. To learn more, contact a flooring company like East Penn Hardwood Flooring Corp.