Outdoor Carpet Removal in 3 Easy Steps

  • 3-5 hours
  • Beginner
  • 20-80
What You'll Need
Utility knife
Heat gun (optional)
Scraper (optional)
Carpet adhesive remover
Face mask

Removing outdoor carpet is no easy task – often it is glued down to cement and makes the task much more difficult than removing indoor carpeting. As carpeting outdoors can make or break the environment and mood of the space, replacing an old worn out carpet though a difficult task can be rewarding by remaking the space into an enjoyable one.

Removing Your Carpet

As many outdoor carpets are attached by adhesive glue, removing the carpeting from this is the most difficult task. Do not wet the carpeting before removing it – this will cause the carpet to disintegrate.

Step 1 – Cutting the Carpet
First use a razor to cut the carpet into sections.

Step 2 – Removing Sections
Next, pull up the sections, they should lift relatively easily if lifted from the center of the sections, however, do not lift from the edge as this is where much of the adhesive is and it will be much more difficult.

Step 3 – Adhesive Removal
Finally, once the carpet is up, use a solvent to remove old adhesive from the concrete. If you want to save on time and buy less solvent, use a heat gun and scraper first to pull up as glue as possible.

Once you have removed the carpet and all of the old adhesive you are then able to reinstall new flooring to your outdoor space.