Carpets make for a wonderful addition to any house, since they have that innate ability to add personality to any room. However, that isn’t all that carpets are good for, as they can help reduce noise as well and provide comfort and warmth throughout the home. If you have a carpet at home, you will know that it takes quite a lot of maintenance, and failure to do so may cause the carpet quality to diminish by quite a lot. If you have young kids running around the home, it can get difficult to look after the carpet, since it will be prone to heavy foot traffic, spills, and dirt.
A lot of people think that deep cleaning and vacuuming will easily do the job of keeping the carpet clean, but if you really want your carpet to get its old shine back, you will need to think about replacing it. Purchasing a new carpet will mean spending money, and if you’re short on cash, and have no problem handling DIY projects, you can simply replace your carpets by yourself. You will need some help, since it is definitely not a one person job, but fear not, because we will reveal all the secrets to replacing your carpet in your home.
The Cost Of Carpet Replacement
First things first, you will need to take into account the overall cost of carpet replacement. Even if you are replacing the carpet in your bedroom, it is going to be a significant investment, which may cost you a couple of thousand bucks. However, the cost mainly depends on the size of the room, but you can reduce costs if you plan on attempting a DIY carpet replacement.
You don’t even have to worry about the materials you will require, because we have you covered. So what materials will you need for your carpet replacement?
If you are attempting DIY carpet replacement in your home, here is the list of materials you will need:
- Utility Knife
- Tackless Strips
- Staple Gun
- Knee Kicker
- Dust Mask
- Carpeting of Choice
- Carpet Scissors
Now all of that was the easy part, now we have to move onto the actual job. Don’t get overwhelmed by the workload and have someone lend you a hand. So you now have a rough estimate of the cost, and the materials you will need for carpet replacement. Now here is how you do it:
Find Out How Much Carpet You Need
The first step would be to figure out exactly how much carpet you will be replacing before you go on to make a permanent change. Go step-by-step and measure the entire area. Now write them all down, and get a calculator out to crunch the numbers and find out how much carpet your will need. Leave a little room for some error.
Have Fun Tearing Out The Carpeting & Padding
After you have purchased the new carpeting, you should now begin removing the existing carpet along with its padding. Make sure that you wear a dust mask and gloves to protect your hands, and start detaching the existing carpet from a corner of the room. To make the job easier, cut it in small sections, since they will be easier to handle. The padding will be replaced the same way, and be careful not to scratch the walls, or else you’ll need a new paint job as well.
Make sure that you remove any staples or glue that is stuck to the floor and then begin the next step. You can also use the tackless strip if it isn’t damaged, to install the new carpeting.
Clean The Floor Thoroughly
Once you have removed the old carpeting, give yourself a pat on the back, but don’t sit down yet. Your work has only just begun, and now you have to clean the floor thoroughly. Start by sweeping and then vacuuming the floor, so that there isn’t any dust, dirt, or residue left. Make sure that the floor hasn’t been stained by any pet accidents or spills.
If there is a smell, you can use bleach or baking soda so that the odor is absorbed. If there is permanent damage to the floor, you may need to call in the professionals to clean it up.
Install The Tackless Strips
If your old tackless strips aren’t damaged, you may use them, instead of installing new ones. However, if you are replacing the carpeting from a floor that had no carpeting previously, you will have to install brand new tackless strips. Make sure that you are careful in installing these, since they are quiet sharp.
Now Comes The Padding
You’re almost there! Now you have to lay down the carpet pad, and you need to concentrate to ensure that it fits exactly, and there is no overlapping. Staple the padding to the tackless strips and staple the seams as well. You can cut out excess padding and get a tape to secure the joins.
Now Lay The New Carpet
Once the carpet pad is in place, your next job is to lay down the new carpet. Make sure that you leave a few inches of space, and that the carpet is being installed in the right way. Stretch out the carpet properly and ensure that it is being installed according to the measurements you took. You can trim the sides of the carpet with a utility knife in order to get a clean look, and you can tuck the edges along the sides of the wall with a metal edge.
Clean Your New Carpet
Now that you have installed your new carpet, grab your vacuum and thoroughly clean the entire area. This will help you clean away any excess threads or any other bits and pieces or dust completely.
You’ve Done It!
If you have been following the steps properly, by now you have successfully replaced the carpet in your home. It isn’t an easy task by any stretch of the imagination, but it is definitely a project you can DIY alone or with someone else. If you don’t have a clue about carpet replacing, you can also call in the experts and save yourself the hassle.