Tile flooring is a great long-term option for your home. It is one of the most durable materials that you can choose. Unfortunately, the grout can make tile floors a little more work than they need to be. Having worked for a company that cleans and waxes tile flooring, I have learned a lot about taking care of tile flooring and grout to protect it from needing replaced prematurely. On my site you will learn about different grout options, as well as tips for keeping the grout from becoming discolored and stained. Hopefully, it will help you take the work out of owning a tile floor in your home.
Changing the carpet in your home is a great way to make any room feel newer, cleaner, and more stylish. Carpet is a particularly popular flooring option not only because it is warm and homey but also because it is very affordable. The cost per square footage and installation and maintenance costs are minimal compared to other flooring options. The great thing about carpet installation is that you can actually make it even cheaper by removing your existing carpet on your own. Most people let professionals do it because they don't realize how easy it is and how much it can save on your total installation bill. This article explains the best way to remove carpet so you can save some money.
Lifting up the Carpet
The key to lifting carpet is to find the edges first. Usually, you can dig out the edge of the carpet underneath the baseboard. In some cases the baseboard will be too tight on the carpet, making it impossible to find an edge. If this is the case, you might need a box cutter to cut carpet near the edges of the wall. The box cutter is also helpful for cutting the carpet into smaller strips that are easier to carry out of the house. You can use the claw side of traditional hammer to pry upward on the carpet.
Scraping Away the Carpet Pad
Usually, the carpet pad will have a little bit of adhesive to hold it in place. You lift the pad off the floor with ease, but parts of it will stay stuck to the adhesive on the floor. This largely depends on if the subfloor is wooden or concrete. Either way, you will need to use a basic floor scraper to get rid of this adhesive completely. You want the subfloor to be as flat and clean as possible in preparation for the new carpet installation.
Removing the Tack Strips
Once the carpet and padding are out of the house, you can remove the tack strips around the edge of the walls. These strips can be easily removed with a hammer and flathead screwdriver. Just knock the screwdriver underneath the strips and then pry up. The short nails that hold down the tack strips should pop up with ease.
Finally, you should thoroughly sweep you subfloor. Make sure that you inform the carpet installer that your floor is completely ready for installation. This will definitely help you secure a more competitive price for your carpet installation. For more information, contact local professionals like Clayton Paint & Flooring Center.