Carpets and wood floors can vastly improve the appearance of your house. But what if they are in poor condition? It will diminish the house’s value, making it look… well, you know.
Because that’s not the way you want it, you have two options:
1. Restore them to their former glory.
2. Replace them entirely.
In either case, you don’t need to overhaul your house nor spend a fortune, here’s how you can replace old carpeting and restore old hardwood floors:
Changing Old Carpeting
Instead of wasting your time and money on restoring old carpets with less than optimal results, it might be time to just change them.
Enjoy the freshness of new carpet without all the former irritations. Start a new chapter! No funny smells, stains, or wear and tear. Just plain comfort.
Throw away your old carpet and replace it with a new one with the following simple steps:
5 Simple Steps to Remove Old Carpeting:
1. If the room has any tack strips remove them all. Using a utility knife start cutting the top of the tack strips to avoid peeling the paint off the wall.
2. Use a hammer or a screwdriver to pull off the tack strips. Be delicate when you do this especially if you’re planning to use those baseboards again.
Pro Tip: Remove all heavy objects such as furniture from the room. Safety comes first.
3. Start by peeling off the carpet from the corner. Fold the carpet, roll it up and remove it.
4. Remove the carpet padding. It will be glued to the floor or stapled to the area. If it is stapled, use a screwdriver to remove the remaining staples.
5. Carefully remove the reminders of the tack strips with a hammer or a screwdriver. You might need a crowbar to use as a lever to take off stubborn, old tack strips.
Is it really necessary to remove old carpeting?
Before tearing down your old carpet, ensure that they’re out of order. Nothing is more wasteful than removing neglected carpets that just need some love.
6 Signs of Must-Replace Carpets
- Stubborn Stains: Carpet cleaners can remove the toughest stains. However, if you have stubborn stains that you use furniture to hide, you might want to remove and replace the carpet. At that point, it’s not merely for an attractive appearance but for health reasons as well.
- Extreme wear and tear: You can fix small tears and rips or hire a professional carpet cleaner to do it. However, large rips and tears are a major sign that you need to replace your carpet.
- Offensive smell: If your carpet has a strong odor that doesn’t go with washing and cleaning, this is a good sign you need to replace it. Odors like that may indicate a severe problem such as mold and mildew growth.
- Poor condition of carpet padding: Padding is the backbone of the carpet. Without it, the carpet is just a thin layer of fabric. If the padding is severely damaged, you need to replace the carpet ASAP.
- Difficulty in breathing: Carpets act like a filter that capture and hold harmful particles from the air. If you notice an increase in allergic symptoms, it may be because of an overloaded carpet.
- It is just plain old: Carpets can last up to 10 years and some more with good care. Eventually, you’ll need to replace them.
If you see any of these signs or a combination of them, proceed with removing and replace your carpeting. Again, not only for “curb appeal,” but also for your health.
Refinishing Hardwood Floors
You can see the visible difference between a worn wood floor and a shiny one.
Fortunately, you can restore hardwood floors to excellent condition by following these steps:
- You can remove small stains by scrubbing the floor with mild soap solution and water. The first step will help remove little discolorations, stains, or paint on the floor.
- Sweep and vacuum the target area to remove any debris and dust. Afterward, use a vinegar solution in mopping the area, letting it dry for a while. Ensure that no water or moisture prevents screening the floor.
- Renew the floor’s finish by sanding or buffering the top layer. You can do it by using a fine steel wool or 12-grit screen. Ensure the evenness of the re-coating on the floor’s surface.
- Vacuum the floor again to remove any grit and dust. Smooth the surface by applying solvent with a piece of cloth.
- Apply a coat to obtain the same wood finish you now have. Apply it on a small area to test the finish. Does it peel? If it doesn’t, you can use it safely. Coat the edges and corners with a paintbrush and keep coating the rest of the floor using a foam pad applicator. Leave it to dry.
We know your time is valuable and DIY solutions aren’t for everyone. Best Buy Flooring Center can help with your hardwood flooring and carpet solutions. Call us today at 702-896-6060 if you’re in need of assistance.