How To Remove Carpeting Prior To Hardwood Floor Refinishing

Posted on: 15 September 2014

When planning the big renovation of ditching your carpeting and restoring your original hardwood floors, you will need to start by removing all of your home's carpeting. Carpet removal is a job that a general contractor can do for you, but consider doing it on your own to save money.

Keep Your Carpet Neat

A mistake that many homeowners make when they start removing their carpet is to start ripping it out any way that they can. This will make the process much more difficult for you, as the carpet will be in all shapes and sizes.

Use a razor blade to cut your carpeting into small strips that can be rolled up and tied together. Try to keep the rolls to at most 6 feet long to make it easy to carry out to the curb on garbage day.

Carefully Remove Tack Boards

Once the carpet is removed, there will be a board surrounding your room along the edge with sharp nails sticking out of it. This is known as the tack board, and must be removed as well before refinishing the floors.

Be careful when prying these boards off the floor, as there are deep nails holding them down, which are different from the shallow and thin nail sticking up from the top. When using your hammer or crowbar, work carefully when prying up each individual nail that holds the tack board in place. If you go too fast, or apply too much pressure, you could cause damage to the hardwood floor beneath it.

Fill In Noticeable Holes

The tack board will have left many holes around the edges of the room that will need to be filled in. To do so, you can use either wood putty or epoxy.

The benefit of wood putty is that it will fit well in very small holes. The putty needs to be dyed if you are filling in a hole in a finished floor, but since you are having your floors refinished, the staining process will change the color of the filler material for you.

Epoxy will dry very quickly, but is a difficult material to sand and make even with the surface of the floor. Consider using epoxy for bigger knotholes, as the larger amount of epoxy needed to fill the hole will be able to properly dry.

Once all the holes are filled, your hardwood flooring contractor can begin the renovation process of refinishing your floors.