How to remove carpet

How to remove Carpet by calling 1-800-GOT-JUNK?

1-800-GOT-JUNK?’s tips on how to remove carpet

Removing and disposing of old carpet and padding can be a messy and time-consuming task, especially considering that carpets can last from 5 to 15 years, depending on the carpet type and placement in the home.

Our home expert team at 1-800-GOT-JUNK? created this simple guide for you. Whether you are renovating, if it’s just time to put in new carpet, or if you’re switching to wood or concrete floors. The first thing you have to do is take out the old carpet. Usually for this step you would pay someone to do it, but if you have the time and the right tools, you can do it yourself and save money in the process.

These are the general steps for carpet removal. By following these steps, you can remove an old carpet and prepare the subfloor for a new flooring installation:

1) Prepare the area

Clear out any furniture, decorations, or obstacles from the room. Wear gloves, dust mask, and protective eyewear, as well as any other necessary protective equipment. Whenever possible, try to open a window and keep the room ventilated during the whole process.

2) Vacuum the carpet

Carpeting accumulates a lot of dirt, dust, and debris, even with regular vacuuming. You’ll see a lot of dirt under the carpet when you remove it, so giving it a last cleaning can help keep down the dust.

3) Take off molding

If your carpet was installed under shoe molding, you’ll need to remove that first to get at the carpet. Use a putty knife and pry bar and watch for nails. When doing this, try to remove the molding carefully. This way you can reuse it after a little paint or varnish!

4) Cut the carpet

Use a utility knife or sharpened tin snips to cut the carpet into manageable sections. Cut the carpet into strips 3 to 4 feet wide to make it easier to roll up and remove. Take care not to cut too deep so you don’t damage the flooring beneath.

5) Remove the carpet

Starting at one end of the room, pull up the edge of the carpet strip. Roll up the carpet strip as you go along and use duct tape to secure it. Place the rolls of carpet in heavy-duty bags and set them aside.

If you are now worried about what to do with the pieces, there are a few different things you can do with the old carpet, detailed below in the article.

Removing old carpet easily

6) Remove the padding

After removing the carpet, take out the padding underneath. It may come up easily, or it may be attached to the subfloor with adhesive. Use a scraper or putty knife to remove the padding, if necessary. This might be uncommon, but try a commercial adhesive remover if the padding is hard to pull up.

7) Remove the tack strips

Pry up the tack strips using a pry bar, taking care not to damage the subfloor. You may need to use a hammer or crowbar to remove stubborn nails or staples. Be careful! Since the tacks are sharp, remember to protect your hands with heavy leather work gloves.

8) Evaluate the subfloor

Inspect the subfloor for any damage or imperfections from old leaks or spills. Repair any holes or cracks. Walk around on each panel, listening for squeaks or creaks that indicate a loose floor. Use some nails to secure the floor to the subfloor. 

Now that you have removed the old carpet, it is time to dispose of it! If you are tired from all the hard work from the previous steps, remember that you can always call 1-800-GOT-JUNK? and we will be happy to finish the job and make all those carpet pieces disappear from your home in no time.

We can take more than your old carpet, look at the long list of items we can help you with.

How to dispose of an old carpet

You don’t automatically have to throw away old carpet. There are several ways you can still make it useful through carpet recycling, reusing, or repurposing.

Whatever method you choose, make sure to follow local regulations and guidelines for proper disposal. This will help ensure that the carpet is disposed of responsibly and does not harm the environment.

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Donate your carpet

If the carpet is in good condition, you may also consider donating it to a charity or a local thrift store. Learn more about how to donate to charity here.

Recycle the carpet

Some recycling centers accept carpet and carpet padding for recycling. Check with your local recycling center to see if they have a program in place.

Repurpose the carpet

You can repurpose your old carpet in a variety of ways. For example, you can use it to create a barrier between the ground and raised garden beds or use it as insulation in a crawl space or attic.


If your carpet is made of natural materials such as wool, you can consider composting it. Cut the carpet into smaller pieces and add it to a compost pile, along with other organic material.

These options above are good ways to reduce your carbon footprint. Learn more about it in our carbon footprint guide.

Sell your carpet

If your carpet is still in good, usable condition, you can try selling it online or through a local classifieds website or even Facebook Marketplace. This can help offset the cost of buying new carpet.

Hire a waste removal service 

If you are too busy with your renovation or simply don’t have the time to deal with the old carpet, remember that 1-800-GOT-JUNK? offers carpet removal services for your convenience. We’ll evaluate your carpet and help you decide whether to dispose of it or recycle it. Contact us directly to get a free, no-obligation quote once you’re ready to get rid of that carpet.

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Let 1-800-GOT-JUNK? take away your old carpet

Getting rid of your old carpet doesn’t have to be as big a job as removing it. Once you follow the steps to pull up your old carpet, you can decide to reuse it, sell it, donate it, or dispose of it. Let 1-800-GOT-JUNK? decide what to do with your carpet so you can get on with your home renovation.

Take a look at our blog for more tips on home remodeling, decluttering your house, and more. For more detailed information about removal costs to you, visit our pricing page to learn more! 

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