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I Want my Carpet Replaced – What Now?

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Remodeling your home is an exciting process, but, like anything, it can have its pain points. Having to choose between different paint colors, types of countertops, and flooring options can seem like information overload.

Thankfully, if you have a team of professionals helping you install everything, at least you won’t have to worry about that part of the process!

Carpet replacement is a bit of a tricky process and it’s best to have the professionals help you with it. Here is a basic overlook of what the carpet removal process will be like.

Materials needed:

  • Pliers
  • Gloves
  • Dust mask
  • Kneepads (optional)
  • Carpet blade
  • Mini crowbar
  • Hammer
  • Shop vacuum
  • Measuring tape

They will begin by removing all the furniture from the room and potentially anything hanging that might be heavy, like art on the walls. It’s also a good idea to remove any doors that swing into the room.

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With the mask and gloves on for protection, they will pull back the carpet at a corner with the pliers. It’s best to cut up the carpet as you go (it will make cleanup easier for you). Use the measuring tape to measure 4-foot strips and then use the carpet blade to cut strips of this width along the whole length of the room.

Once they’ve removed all the carpet, it’s time to remove any of the underlayer. They may not have to remove it though if it’s still in good shape — no moisture or pest damage. If they do have to remove it, it should be fairly easy to rip up. Just pull back on it until everything gets pulled up. The most difficult part will be removing the staples. Spend some time pulling these up with the pliers.

Lastly, if any of the tack strips are rotten or rusty, they will need to pry them up and replace them. If they still look nice, they can be left to use for the new carpet. Removing carpet is generally easier than installing it.

Once the carpet has been removed from your home, it’s time to install the new carpet. It’s very important that the installation be done cleanly and correctly to avoid any rippling in the carpet.

When it comes to choosing the new carpet to install in your home, you need to consider these questions:

  • How will the room be used?
  • How much light will the room receive?
  • Will there be heavy traffic?
  • Is this a room for entertainment or relaxation?
  • Is there going to be direct access from the outside?

Once you’ve answered these questions, that is going to help you choose the style and type of carpet for each room. If you want to know more about carpeting options, read our article on how to choose carpeting for your home

Expert Carpet Replacement Services

If you’d like to know more about how to choose new carpet for your home or have any other flooring questions, please contact us today at 206-382-1253 or fill out our form for a free estimate today.

The 5 Best Carpet Brands for Homeowners


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At Carpet to Go, we carry a wide variety of products. Today, we want to highlight some of the best carpet brands in the industry. The following flooring brands are industry leaders and are known for their innovative take on carpeting and flooring. We hope that this information will help you on your journey to the flooring makeover you want for your home.

Shaw Flooring

Shaw Flooring is one of our favorite brands to work with because of their quality, service support, price, and availability. They have made it a priority to build strong partnerships with their retailers and provide a pristine product. In fact, Shaw was ranked #1 by Floor Covering News, Floor Covering Weekly, and Floor focus—all leading carpeting and flooring publications.

They are an innovative brand, creating products like LifeGuard and R2X Stain Resistance. LifeGuard is a waterproof carpet backing that is moisture resistant and completely repels water, whereas other brands may simply absorb it. R2X Stain resistance is a stain and soil repelling system that is the product of years of testing and research. Most brands only protect the surface of the carpet, but with R2X, the entire fiber of the carpet is covered, offering you complete protection.

Not only is Shaw Flooring innovative, they are leaders in sustainability. Every year they release a sustainability report and offer a carpet recycling network to promote sustainable carpet recycling practices.

Mohawk Industries

Mohawk Industries is a leader in carpet manufacturers. They have been quick to respond to the market’s shift toward polyester fiber, and tey have done that through their Continuum technology. Continuum yields a softer and higher-performance polyester fiber. This fiber provides a deeper and richer look while providing exceptional durability.

Mohawk understands that durability is a number one factor for families, especially those with pets. They created SmartStrand Forever Clean carpet which features All Pet Protection and Warranty. It is the only carpet-protection system that covers all pets and all accidents with a lifetime, built-in stain protection.

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Dupont is another company that ranks high on our list of carpet manufacturers. They are deeply rooted in solving global challenges rooted in their science and engineering expertise. They are deeply concerned with environmental sustainability and innovation through scientific research.

Dupont creates long-lasting, soft, and beautiful carpets with DuPont Sorona. This product is comfortable, stain resistant, and environmentally friendly. It also resists matting with high molecular weight and fiber uniformity. That is what helps retain its shape and texture for years after installation.


Stainmaster is another fantastic flooring brand. Between their four best-selling products (TruSoft, PetProtect, Active Family, and Essentials) they have your home covered. Take a closer look at products below:

TruSoft: Just like the name suggests, this carpet is extremely soft and comfortable. It’s been manufactured from specially engineered fibers that give you a luxurious feel, all while maintaining its durability. Don’t worry spills either—this carpet is stain resistant to food and drinks.

Pet Protect: If you have pets, this is the carpet for you. It’s made with a fiber and solution-dyed nylon polymer that’s engineered with stain and odor resistance. Also, the carpet reduces the force of attraction between the pet hair and the carpet, which makes it much easier to remove with the vacuum!

Active Family: Active Family carpet is known for its durability. If you have a house full of kids, this is a great option. It’s manufactured with high-quality materials and a wide selection of styles and colors. It’s extremely stain resistant too, which is essential for any full house.

Essentials: This is Stainmaster’s classic protection for those on a budget. It’s great for guest rooms and light traffic areas, yet is still stain and soil resistant.

Atlas Carpet Mills

Atlas Carpeting is an award-winning design leader. They offer products with a wide array of patterns and textures for all different budgets. Their ability to customize their designs so efficiently is why we love them so much. If you have a home that needs an extra special touch, this is the carpet brand for you.

Contact Your Local Flooring Professionals

At Carpet to Go, we pride ourselves on being knowledgeable about all things flooring. We can give you expert recommendations on what direction to take when it comes to your home’s flooring needs. If you are interested in any of these brands and how you can install them in home, give us a call at 206-382-1253 or fill out our form for a free estimate today.