What Do I Do If I Find Hardwood Floors Under My Carpet?

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26 Feb What Do I Do If I Find Hardwood Floors Under My Carpet?

You’ve found hidden treasure! You’ve rolled back your carpet and found hardwood floors. Barrie’s flooring experts can help.

Please feel free to drop into our Barrie flooring store any time to ask questions about how to properly treat and maintain your hardwood floors.

In the meantime, here are some general tips to get you started:

Remove the adhesive
Your old carpet might have been held in place by a carpet adhesive. The type that they used will dictate how you get rid of it. A dark brown or tan adhesive is likely tar based, which means you can use a mineral spirit to get rid of it. Or, if it’s lighter in colour, it might be a general carpet adhesive, so an all-purpose adhesive remover will likely do the job.

In either case, you may be left with some unwanted spots or stains, so professional re-finishing may be required.

Remove the tacks or nails

Someone had the nerve to make holes in your hardwood floors with carpet tacks or nails. Oh well, let’s get them out of there.

Start in a corner of the room. Now lift and pull the carpet from the tack strip with a pair of pliers. Pull the carpet all along the walls. Once it’s free from the tack strip cut it into sections so you can handle it easily.

Now pull the carpet padding up. This will bring up some of the nails or tacks. The rest you will have to remove by hand with a pry-bar or pliers.

You will have to remove more nails and tacks when you take away the tack strip as well.

If you have any questions about hardwood flooring in Barrie, please don’t hesitate to contact us any time.

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