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Removing glued carpet is done in no time

Removing carpet is a difficult job and that is why people usually choose to have carpet removed by professionals such as ZSM House Clearance. Having carpet removed is simply a lot easier than doing it yourself. Would you like to try it yourself? Then we will be happy to help you with this too. In this article we have tried to provide you with the most useful step-by-step plan possible. So read on.

1. The preparation

Before you start removing glued carpet, it is important to prepare properly. Follow these steps to ensure you have all the necessary materials on hand and protect yourself during the process. As you have read before, removing carpet is difficult and this is certainly the case when it comes to glued carpet. 

Gather the necessary materials

Make sure you have the following materials on hand:

  • Face mask
  • Gloves
  • A box cutter or putty knife
  • A paint scraper
  • A carpet stripper (optional, but useful)
  • Stripper suitable for carpet adhesive
  • Sander (if necessary)
  • Floor cleaning products

Ensure good ventilation

When removing glued carpet, fumes from the chemicals used may be released. Make sure the room is well ventilated by opening windows and doors. This will help you avoid potentially harmful fumes. Water-based glue can also be annoying, so don't underestimate it.


As you have read before, it is when working with chemicals and it removing carpeting important to protect yourself. Wear a face mask to prevent inhalation of dust and fumes. Also use gloves to protect your hands from the chemicals and to prevent possible cuts. Safety comes first! This way you also stay fit for laying the new floor.

2. Loosen the carpet

Now that you're properly prepared, it's time to loosen the old carpeting. Follow these steps to make the process easier.

Start at a corner

Find a corner of the carpet and use a box cutter or putty knife to gently lift the carpet. Be careful not to apply too much force to avoid damage to the subfloor. Would you remove carpet from stairs? Then be extra careful because there is a high risk of damage if you try to pull the carpet loose.

Carefully peel off the carpet

Pull the carpet slowly and evenly as you gradually loosen more of the carpet. Try to remove the carpet in large chunks to make the process more efficient.

Remove the carpet strips

If the carpet is installed in strips, use a paint scraper to separate the carpet strips from the subfloor. Working in small sections, gently lift the strips. Keep going until all the carpet strips have been removed. Yes, removing carpet is still difficult, isn't it? Especially when it concerns carpeting of the stairs.

Remove adhesive residue

Removing adhesive residue can be a difficult job, but with the right approach you can remove it efficiently.

Identify the type of adhesive

Before you begin removing adhesive residue, it is important to identify the type of adhesive used. This can help you determine which method is most effective. For example, white glue and water-based glues may be removed differently than brown glue or oil-based glue.

Use a stripper

If you are dealing with stubborn adhesive residue, you can use a stripper specifically for carpet adhesive. Apply the stripper to the adhesive residue according to the instructions on the package. Let it sit for some time so that it can soften the glue.

Remove glue

Use a putty knife or paint scraper to gently scrape away the softened adhesive residue. Work in small sections and apply light pressure to remove the adhesive residue. Repeat this process until all adhesive residue has been removed.

4. Prepare the underlying floor

Now that the adhesive residue has been removed, it is important to prepare the underlying floor for the new floor covering. Follow these steps to get the floor in optimal condition.

Clean the floor

Remove any remaining dust, dirt or carpet adhesive residue from the floor. Use a vacuum cleaner, broom or damp cloth to thoroughly clean the floor. Make sure the floor is completely dry before continuing.

Repair any damage

Check the floor for any damage, such as cracks, dents or loose parts. If necessary, repair these defects before laying the new floor covering. For example, use a filler or filler to fill cracks and make the floor smooth.

Smooth the floor

If the floor is uneven or rough, consider using a sander to smooth the floor. Follow the manufacturer's instructions when using the sander and be sure to sand the floor evenly for a smooth result.

Laying new carpeting

Now that the floor has been prepared, it is time to lay the new floor covering. Here are some steps to get you started.

Choose your new floor covering

There are different types of floor coverings to choose from, such as carpet, wooden floors, laminate or vinyl. Consider your personal preferences, budget and the functionality of the space when making your choice.

Prepare the subfloor

Depending on the type of floor covering you choose, you may need to install a suitable underlay. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for preparing and installing the subfloor. This ensures good insulation and stability of the new floor covering.

Install the new floor covering

Follow the manufacturer's instructions for installing the new floor covering. Make sure you use the right techniques and tools to achieve a professional result. Take the time to lay the floor carefully and check regularly for any imperfections.


Removing glued carpet can be a time-consuming and labor-intensive job, but with the right approach and tools it is possible to complete this task successfully. By following the steps we discussed, you can efficiently remove glued carpet and prepare the floor for new carpeting. 

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