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How to Remove Carpets – An Oxi Fresh Guide

Categories: The Guide to Carpet

Oxi Fresh Carpet Cleaning prides itself on getting rid of some of the toughest stains quickly and efficiently. Time, however, is one thing we can’t clean out of a carpet. Over the years, the fibers in a carpet will wear out, the pad will degrade, and dirt will eventually become a permanent part of the pile.

So when a carpet is ready to go the great flooring store in the sky, it’s time to replace it. Since we’ve already talked about choosing the right pile type and color for a new carpet, let’s instead focus on the important task of removing the carpet. Here’s the Oxi Fresh guide on carpet removal.

Tools: Utility Knife, Pry Bar, Hammer, Pliers, Gloves, Kneepads-Optional.

1.) The What and When

You’ve got to know what you want to replace the old carpet with. If it’s new carpet, don’t tear up the tack strips – they can be reused if they’re in good condition. Still, you’ll want to double check with whoever is installing your new carpets to make sure they’re okay with using old tack strips.

Putting hardwood or tile? Get rid of the tack strips – you’ll do that in Step 4.

Also, know when the new floor is being installed. You don’t want to tear up the carpet only to realize you’ll have to wait a week before you get someone out. Try to schedule your demo time to end the day before the installers come.

2.) Be Prepared

So you know what you want and when it’s coming, so on your demo day, start by removing any and all furniture in the room. Put it where it won’t be in the way of you or the installers. Removing anything hanging on the walls as well.

Be sure to vacuum the carpet to help reduce the amount of dust you’ll kick up.

3.) Pull!

Start by pulling the carpet up from a corner of the wall, working your way around the room. You’ll need to be very careful here so you don’t get hurt on the tack strips. Thick gloves, close toed shoes, and knee pads are a good idea.

4.) Slice and Dice

Cut the carpet into 3 foot for 4 foot wide strips, cutting down the entire length of the carpet, preferably with a utility knife. If the carpet is exceptionally long, you may want to slice it in half. Roll up each strip and take them to your nearest carpet recycling facility (Go to Earth911.com to find these.)

If you’re removing the tack strips, do so now. A hammer and a pry bar are useful in pulling them up.

5.) Padding the List

The carpets gone and it’s time to remove the pad. Simply begun pulling it up from the corner of the room. You don’t need to cut this into strips since it’s very light.

Next, pull up the carpet staples that were used to hold the pad down. A pair of pliers would be good for this.

6.) Clean Up

Gather your tools and vacuum the room once again. If you’ve kept the tack strips, warn your family and – if you have small children or pets – try to block of access to the room.

All in all, this process should not take you too long – perhaps a few hours. Of course, you don’t want to have to replace your carpet that often, so be sure to schedule regular carpet cleaning services with Oxi Fresh. Carpet protectant wouldn’t go amiss either.

All right, well get out there and start remodeling!

Thanks to Robin Hewitt and braniac of eHow and the WikiHow team.

Carpet – Still Not Flat

Categories: The Guide to Carpet

A month or two ago, we put together a little tour of some unique, beautiful, and amusing carpets and area rugs. Since we do a lot of normal carpet cleaning at Oxi Fresh, it was refreshing for us to see just how much variety there was in the world of carpets. Of course, we just scratched the surface of the artistic world of carpets – or to put in carpet terms – it was only surface cleaning and we want our carpet cleaning services to go down deep. So here’s another round of the odd carpets and area rugs around the world. Continue Reading post – Carpet – Still Not Flat

Question Time with Oxi Fresh!

Categories: Carpet Cleaning Tips, The Guide to Carpet

We’ve given a lot of tips about carpet cleaning, what it means to be a green carpet cleaner, talked about Oxi Fresh, and given you pointers on a lot of different topics, but now we wanted to do a Q&A. Here are some general questions we wanted to answer, but if you have question, post them below and we’ll answer it in the next post. Continue Reading post – Question Time with Oxi Fresh!

An Ounce of Prevention

Categories: Residential Carpet Cleaning, The Guide to Carpet

I was looking out of my office window today and I saw an abandoned restaurant. From a distance, the building looked like it hasn’t opened up for the day. When I got close to it, though, I saw that the sidewalk was full of shattered bricks, there was broken glass beneath a boarded up window, and decaying phonebooks were stacked outside the entrance.

If you leave something alone too long it will eventually fall apart – it’s one of the few guarantees in life. This is true of carpets as well as buildings. Without proper maintenance, they swiftly fall into disrepair and while emergency restoration can work, it’s far better to schedule regular carpet cleanings. Continue Reading post – An Ounce of Prevention

The Color of the Carpet

Categories: The Guide to Carpet

In past posts, we’ve talked about numerous aspects of carpeting, touching on everything from padding to what pile types work where. Something I haven’t discussed is color, partly because until now I wasn’t very familiar with color matching technique. With research under my belt, however, I now feel I can give you a guideline that will help you identify the shades of carpet that will work well for you. So without further ado, here is the Oxi Fresh Guide to Carpet Color Selection. Continue Reading post – The Color of the Carpet

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