Replace A Wall-To-Wall Carpet And Refinish The Hardwood Floors Underneath

Are you tired of your wall-to-wall carpet? Maybe you installed it years ago and have found it's gotten worn down, stained, and ugly. Perhaps you didn't even install it. Maybe the prior owners installed it. Whatever the case might be, you don't have to live with it. You can get it removed and have beautiful hardwood floors instead.

Here is a breakdown on how you can get it done.

Step 1: Remove The Carpet

This doesn't require any sophisticated tools. All you need are carpet cutters, a mask, glasses and a nail or staple remover. The reason that you need a mask and glasses is that there is going to be a lot of dust underneath the carpet. The underside of the carpet will have broken down over the years. If padding was used when the carpet was installed, then that will also have been broken down.

You will want to cut the carpet into large, manageable strips. Start at one end and cut lengths of carpet from one end of the wall to the other. Use the carpet cutter to free the carpet from the wall. There will be a small piece of carpet left, don't worry about it.  You will return to that later and remove it using the nail remover or staple remover.

Roll up the carpet and place it into contractor garbage bags.

When the main sections have all been removed, it is time to go back and remove the sections close to the wall. You will need to use the nail remover or the staple remover at this point. There might be decorative molding over the edge. You can use a hammer or small crowbar to pop these up. Then discard all of the material into garbage bags.

Step 2: Vacuum And Wash The Floor

You want to get all the dust up before you refinish the floor. Once you have vacuumed up the floor, go over it with water and soap. Don't worry about ruining the floor finish, you are going to fix it all later. The goal is to get every bit of debris off of the floor. Let everything dry for several hours.

Step 3: Sand The Floor Or Screen The Floor

The best way to sand a floor is with a large sanding machine. If the floor has splinters, chips, or is uneven, then you will want to use heavy grit sandpaper. Also, if the floor has an old stain, then you will need to sand that off.

If, on the other hand, the floor is bare and is in good shape, then it might only need a screening. Screening is good for floors that have no paint, stain, or rough spots.

When you are done sanding, go over everything with a vacuum.

Step 4: Apply Stain and Poly

After the floor has been sanded or screened, it is time to stain it. Pick out a stain you like and apply it with rags. Make sure the windows are open. Stains have different setting times depending on the ingredients. You can get a stain that also has poly in it, or you can apply the poly separately. If you choose to apply poly separately, you must wait until the stain is completely dry. The poly won't adhere properly to a wet wood floor.

That's it. It will take some time, but the end result is that you will have beautiful hardwood floors. For more information, contact a local flooring company (such as Cooper Floors).


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