February 1, 2016

Hello DIY’ers,

I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Mine was good. My wife and I hosted Christmas recently which was fun but it created quite a mess of our condo and brings me to my next home project. Let me give you a bit of background before I get into today’s tip, I promise it will be short. Well, my nieces spilled grape juice on the carpet Christmas night. Luckily, we were planning on getting our carpets cleaned for awhile now. I went out the next day and rented a carpet cleaning machine from Home Depot. The results were not good and we had to hire professional carpet cleaners to come out and they did a great job removing the grape juice stains but the wife and I decided to get a new carpet in the living room.

Now, since we spent money on the rental equipment and the professional crew. We decided to do the labor on removing the carpet. Saving us about the same amount we spent on the cleaning. Therefore, if you want to get new carpets for you home here is an easy way to save some money.

To separate the carpet from the tack strip that holds the carpet set up along dividers, begin in a corner; simply get the carpet with pincers and force. At that point snatch the carpet by hand and keep on pulling it up along a whole divider. Fold back around 3 ft. of carpet and slice it into simple to-handle strips. Carpet is much less demanding to curtail than from the front. Utilize a sharp new cutting edge in your utility blade and be mindful so as not to cut into baseboard or dividers. Continue pulling back the flooring and cutting it into strips.

On a solid floor, the carpet is stuck set up, so enormous lumps of carpet will stay adhered to the floor. To uproot them, utilize a scrubber. A few scrubbers have extremely sharp edges; others have obtuse cutting edges. Either sort works fine on cement. On a plywood or particleboard subfloor, you’ll have many staples to manage. You can pull staples with forceps, obviously, yet that can take hours. With a sharp-bladed floor scrubber, the occupation takes only a couple of minutes. The edge will shear off a few staples and yank out others. Make sure to go over the entire floor so you don’t abandon any. In the event that the scrubber delves into the floor, flip it over so that the edge’s inclined side countenances down. On the off chance that regardless it burrows, work at a lower edge.

As a rule, you ought to leave the old tack strip set up, however there are two or three special cases: Remove any areas that are spoiled, delaminating or severely rusted. Rust can “seep” through the flooring, making stains at first glance. You ought to likewise evacuate the tack strip on the off chance that it’s under 1/4 in. from the baseboard. The installer needs a crevice no less than 1/4 in. wide to tuck the edge of the rug down against the baseboard. To uproot tack strip, simply pop it up with a level pry bar.

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