How do I pull up carpet?


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Old 09-24-02, 07:55 PM
Cathy B
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Smile How do I pull up carpet?

We had a minor water leak which caused some mold to grow on our carpet. ( I won't talk about the mushroom I found in the corner!) The leak's been plugged. What we need to do next is yank the carpet. The installer was so good I can't get the carpet up. It's in the corner of the family room. How do I yank carpet?

Also, what's a good mold treatement for carpet?

All help is appreciated.

Cathy
 
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Old 09-25-02, 08:42 AM
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Wow, the carpet should have been pulled long ago!!!

Mold can eat the carpet backing!

If it is a glueddown installation, your most likely going to destroy the carpet trying to remove it.

If it is stretched in over cushion, using tackstrip around the perimeter of the room to hold the stretch, it is easy to take-up, unless the installation was done before the baseboards where installed, Thus clamping the carpet to the tackstrip. Then you will need to remove the baseboards and pull the carpet up. If the mold was as bad as you say, it most likely is ruined beyond repair, and has lost all its dimensional stability. Patching or replacement is going to be the only lasting fix.
 
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Old 09-25-02, 09:36 AM
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The mold isn't that bad. It is tack-stripped down. I just couldn't get a good grip on the corner to get the carpet up. Any tricks to getting it started? Baseboard isn't an issue.

Thx,
Cathy
 
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Old 09-25-02, 06:02 PM
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Ok. Hubby pulled it up. Padding doesn't look bad at all. Smells a little musty. Does it still need to be treated with bleach or something else? Is there a special treatment for the mold on the carpet?

Thx,
Cathy
 
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Old 09-25-02, 08:26 PM
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I wouldn't put bleach on it! you will have a big yellow spot then!

Spray lysol on the backing once a day for several days. Don't soak it just coat it. Let it dry out and then replace the small section of cushion, and restrtch it, then tuck it in along the baseboard.

Then have it cleaned topically by an IICRC Certified Carpet cleaning specialist and alert him to the problems you had.
 
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Old 09-25-02, 09:02 PM
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You are so kind! Thank you for your advice.

Cathy
 
 

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