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Carpet is a beautiful addition to any room you want to make cozier. Carpets can help reduce noise and when cared for properly, can last a long time. However, heavy foot traffic, dirt, spills and more can diminish the quality of your carpet, especially if it’s a lighter color. While vacuuming and deep cleaning may help, the only true way to restore the look of your carpet is to replace it.
If your carpets are looking a little less than glamorous and you like to DIY, replacing your carpet could be the next project for you. It’s certainly a project for experienced DIYers. Here’s how to replace carpet in your home.
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Carpet Replacement Cost
Replacing carpet in a room can completely change the look and even have additional long-term ROI. However, before you start picking out carpet samples, it’s a good idea to understand the costs associated with this project. The average cost to install carpet is $1,463, depending on the room size. You’ll be cutting costs if you plan to DIY your carpet replacement as well.
- Tackless Strips
- Carpeting of Choice
- Carpet Scissors
- Staple Gun
- Knee Kicker
- Utility Knife
- Dust Mask
Step 1: Determine How Much Carpet You’ll Need
Before you begin making any permanent changes, you’ll need to decide how much carpet you’ll be replacing and what kind you’ll choose. Measure the area and write down all measurements, including small areas by windows, closets or hallways. Use our carpet calculator to input the numbers and see how much carpet you’ll need for your project. Keep in mind, you’ll want a little extra to make room for error.
Step 2: Tear Out Existing Carpeting & Padding
Once you’ve purchased the amount of carpeting you’ll need, you must remove the existing carpet and carpet padding. Wear gloves to protect your hands and a dust mask as well. Detach the existing carpet from the tack strip, starting in a corner of the room. Fold back and cut, about every 3’ or so, into sections you can handle. After you’ve removed the carpet, you’ll need to remove the padding in the same way you removed the carpet. Be careful to not hit any walls with the underside of the carpet, which is course and can scratch your painted walls.
You’ll also need to remove any glue or staples that are stuck to the floor before proceeding to the next step. If your tackless strip is not damaged in anyway, you don’t need to remove it and can use it to install your carpeting.
Step 3: Thoroughly Clean & Clear The Floor
You’ll always want to be sure that you’re starting with a clean floor to work on, especially if the floor replacement was due to a spill or multiple pet accidents. Sweep and vacuum the floor to start, then smooth out any areas that may have excess material. Remove any doors or other obstacles
If you are replacing your carpet due to a spill or repeated pet accidents, check the flooring to be sure the liquids did not contaminate any of the floor or baseboards. Replacing the carpet will not help the smell. You can first try a mom solution with bleach in it. When that dries, spread baking soda on the floor to absorb any odors. This should help remove current and future odors. If any permanent damage was done to those areas and must be professionally cleaned.
Step 4: Install Tackless Strips
In some cases, you may not need to add new tackless strips if there was no damage to the old ones. However, if you’re replacing carpeting on a floor that previously had no carpeting, you’ll need to install new tackless strips. Size to the wall and nail them a half inch away, avoiding doorways. Be careful as they are sharp.
Step 5: Lay The Padding
Next, it’s time for the carpet pad. Be sure the padding is an exact fit as you don’t want it to overlap. Staple it to the inside of the tackless strip. Stretch and staple any seams of the padding as well. Cut any excess padding and secure any joins with tape.
Step 6: Lay The Carpeting
Lay the carpeting over the carpet pad, leaving a few inches of excess. Make sure the carpet pile is going in the appropriate direction, especially if you are matching other carpet. Using the knee kicker, attach the carpeting to the tackless strips. Place the kicker against the carpet and hit to stretch the carpet into the strips. Trim the carpet with your utility knife and create a clean look by tucking in the edges between the wall and the strip using a metal edge.
Step 7: Clean
To finish your project, clean and vacuum the area, trimming any excess threads. Don’t forget to keep up with regular cleaning to keep your carpet in the best shape,
Replacing and installing your own carpet is not easy work, but it is certainly a project you can be proud of. While these steps provide the tips and tools necessary for your DIY carpet replacement, certain projects may require the skill of a pro. Contact a flooring contractor to help ensure the job is done well.