Carpet is installed with adhesive or tack strips. In most cases, glue-down carpet can’t be raised up without damaging the financing or ripping the rug. But carpeting installed using tack strips can be raised and saved in whole, or in parts for use in smaller rooms. Typically, carpets are set up after baseboards and tucked under the borders of the planks. In most cases, that the baseboards can stay when you take up carpeting. Lifting up a rug is a lot simpler with the help of an assistant.

Take any doors off the hinges that swing in the area where the carpet will be removed with a hammer and screwdriver. Close the door and place the tip of the screwdriver in the bottom of a hinge-pin cap. Tap the handle of the screwdriver upward with the hammer. Pull out each pin by hand. Open the door and lift it off the hinges. Reinsert the the hinge pins in each hinge on the door for safekeeping.

Clear all furnishings, lights and lights out of the room, as required, for a clear floor space. As an added step, take any photographs and wall hangings from the walls.

Wear work gloves and a dust mask. Start in the shortest wall and lift up the corner of the rug with pliers to detach it in the tack strip. Work along the wall toward the opposite end and raise the edge of the rug up by hand to detach it in the tack strip along the brief wall.

Ask as assistant to help pull the edge of the rug 3 feet away in the brief wall. Use your fingers to lift up and detach the rug in the sap strips at the base of the remaining walls in the room.

Begin at the first edge of the rug that was detached in the tack strip in the brief wall and roll the rug to a tight roll from end to end.

Ask the assistant to help roll the rug as you work toward the brief wall in the opposite end of the room. Cease 2 feet in the opposite wall.

Swing one end of the rolled rug toward the inside of the room so that the roll is at an angle to the walls. Lift each end of the roll and move the roll several feet toward the middle of the room. Roll the rug again to roll up the last 2 feet of carpeting.

Eliminate the roll of carpeting in the room or into the desired storage area.

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