The grand-kids and I just removed some old nasty carpet in our fixer upper. Underneath were hardwood floors in relatively good condition. That part was certainly nice. I had some idea of the more unpleasant wonders I’d be dealing with once the carpet was removed. Other things were a surprise. Here are some of the things you might expect to find when removing your old carpet.
Carpet removal itself is relatively simple.
I was actually quite surprised at how easy it is. I was worried, because it looked as if the carpet was glued down. It was actually stapled to wood slats that ran the perimeter of the floor. Getting it up was just a matter of loosening a corner and tugging. We cut the carpet in sections to make it easier to carry out, but it would have come out in one piece in a matter of minutes.
There’s more to remove than carpet.
Of course, I knew there would be padding to remove. That was simpler than the carpet, since it was only tacked to the floor with staples. The hard part will be taking out the wood slats and all the staples. In fact, after two weeks, we’re still working on it, a little at a time. My grandson was a great help in getting the process started, but we have a long way to go before we can sand and re-finish the hardwoods.
Your pets may not be as well behaved as you think.
If your pet has had one or two “accidents”, rest assured, removing carpet will reveal plenty more. I thought there was a bit of an odor from our newly adopted nervous little doggie’s home adjustment period, even though I shampoo the carpet regularly. We were quite appalled to find that our kitty, who we previously presumed to be innocent, was not. As it turns out, she had a favorite corner. Oh joy!
Prepare for a dust storm.
As we began removing the carpet, clouds of dust surrounded us. By the time we finished, we were all sneezing up a storm. This experience made me resolve never to have carpet again. I had always vacuumed and shampooed the carpet quite frequently. As it turns out, that doesn’t really do much to keep it clean. To think we have been walking on that thing for two years like that! I’ll stick to hardwoods from now on, thanks.
Be ready for a two toned mess.
Even though there were hardwoods under our carpet, they didn’t match. Our master bedroom used to be two rooms. Each room had been stained a different color. Plus, there were unfinished areas where the walls were. So, until we get the carpet tacks, staples and slats removed so the hardwoods can be sanded, we’ll have several colors of flooring in our bedroom.
Note: You can also expect areas of hardwood that will have to be filled and paint spills from the previous renovation. Removing carpet from hardwood floors certainly isn’t the most pleasant experience. Nevertheless, it’s worth it!
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