As if running a software business wasn’t challenging enough. Maintaining your office for you and your staff is another story altogether.
Old carpet! What a disgusting smell! Oh! Worried about your employees tripping on an old torn part of the carpet. Do these voices echo in your office?
If yes, it means the time is to finally decide to get rid of the worn-out carpet. While you can certainly hire a professional to carry out the task ahead, we know many of you are the DIY type.
I mean, you didn’t start a successful business because you aren’t smart or capable. In all honestly, you can easily replace your own carpet to save money which you can then put back into your business.
If you have agreed to install a new carpet, go through the full carpet removal process for the proper clean-up and brightening.
Have a final decision for the remodeling. You should decide first whether you want to save the material like nails or something else lying underneath the carpet. Also, if you’re going to put down a new carpet, you can leave the tack strips if they are in good condition.
Otherwise, get everything cleared like an expert.
What you need is time, energy, and some tools.
- Utility knife
- Safety gloves
- staple remover
- carpet cutter
- Eyewear for protection
- dust mask
Step by step guide
1) Open space
Remember to remove obstacles like get all the furnishings out of the way. If there is some problem, use a crowbar. Even remove the doors as well that swing into the way. Get rid of dust to protect yourself from allergies.
Wear a dust mask, gloves, and protective eyewear. These are must to ward off the risks of allergy and asthma. Save your hands from staples, utility knife, and tack strips while cutting the carpet.
3) Start ripping off the carpet
First of all, take the help of pliers to loosen a corner. Start cutting the carpet into strips into the easy to handle size. Pull it back, fold it over, and cut with the utility knife. Be careful about protecting the floor beneath the carpet. Then, collect all the cut strips and take them out of the room.
4) Removing tack strips
Wear gloves for your hand protection. Use the crowbar to pry the tack strips off the floor. Also, remove thin pieces of wood studded with nails around the border of the room.
5) Pulling back carpet pad
Now it’s time to remove the carpet pad. Start from the corner and repeat the same process as you did with the carpet by folding the pad over and cutting it into strips. As it would be stapled, use a floor scraper or pliers to pull out staples and any glued pieces.
6) Clean up
Finally, you have tossed the rug out, but the stained floor has come out. Don’t worry. Start the clean-up of the floor by the professional service of the sanitation department or carpet removal and have a new look of your floor.
The next step is the right choice for disposal.
Options to dispose of old carpet
- You can throw the old carpet strips into landfills after taking permission.
- Settle the price with the installer of the new floor by exchanging the old carpet
- Ask from the dumpsite where you usually send your trash
- Be creative and think if you can reuse it.
Whether you want to tackle your small office renovation yourself or hire a professional to do the dirty work, the entire process to install a new carpet isn’t as challenging as you might think.
Obviously, if you’re too busy working on the business to dedicate time to a project like this, then by all means hire a professional.
On the other hand, if you’re just starting out and budget is tight, you can definitely save a pretty penny by installing a new carpet yourself.
Go ahead, give it a try. If you can start a software business, you can install a carpet!