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Carpet Uplift – the Ultimate Guide

12 July 2021

If you're having a new carpet put down, you'll need to uplift your old one.  Carpet uplift yourself is pretty straightforward and can be a great way to save some money.  We've created a handy guide on carpet uplift so you can start ripping up your carpet in no time.


  1. What are my carpet uplift options?
  2. Tools for carpet uplift
  3. How to uplift carpet
  4. How to remove underlay
  5. How to remove gripper rods
  6. How can I dispose of my old carpet?


1. What are my carpet uplift options?

To uplift a carpet, you can either do it yourself or there are a number of people you can ask to do it for you: a carpet fitter, the retailer you bought your new carpet from or you can pay a waste contractor to rip it up and dispose of it.

If you want to uplift the carpet yourself, see below for a step-by-step guide.


2. Tools for carpet uplift

There are a few tools you’ll need to uplift your old carpet:

  • Utility knife
  • Dust mask
  • Pliers
  • Gloves
  • Duct tape
  • Crowbar
  • Floor scraper (you only need this if your underlay has been glued down)


3. How to uplift a carpet

Pulling up carpet is relatively simple - usually, if you grab a pair of pliers and go to the corner of the carpet, it should pull away quite easily.  Then you’ll need to use your utility knife to cut a small square so you have an area you can easily grab hold off to pull up.  It's a good idea to wear gloves when you're doing this but if you don't have any, be extra careful.

As you’re pulling up the carpet, the best practice is to fold and use your utility knife to cut the carpet into strips sections to make it easier to then roll up and duct tape in place.  This will make the carpet much easier to carry.

And that’s it - once it’s rolled up and duct-taped, it’s ready for disposal. 


man uplifting carpet


4. How to remove underlay

Underlay is really simple to uplift -  usually, it is just laid down on the floor but sometimes it is stapled or glued down.  If it is stapled, you just need to pull it up and the staples should come away from the floor.  If they don’t, you can use a crowbar to pliers to remove them.  If your carpet has been glued down, you can try using a floor scraper to lift it.

Then, all you’ll need to do is cut it into strips, and just as before with the carpet, roll it up and duct tape it.


5. How to remove gripper rods

If you’re having a new carpet installed, most of the time you can leave your gripper rods ready for the next carpet.  But if they’re in bad shape or you’re having vinyl flooring installed, you will want to remove them.

Gripper rods are bits of wood that are studded with tacks around the perimeter of the room.  To remove them, you’ll need a crowbar handy.  Just slide the crowbar under the gripper rods and lift up the strip and they should come up.  Make sure you're wearing gloves as the tacks can be quite sharp.


caret underlay and gripper rods ready for disposal

6. How can I dispose of my old carpet?

There are a few ways to dispose of your carpet.  You could ask your carpet fitter if it's a service they offer, but make sure that they have a waste carriers license verified by the Environment Agency otherwise it's illegal for them to take away your waste.  Some carpet retailers also offer a disposal service for an additional fee when you buy a new carpet through them.

Another way to dispose of your carpet is to use the council's services.  Councils offer a bulky waste collection service and they also have Household Waste Recycling Centres which usually accept carpet.

Finally, if you're looking to get rid of your carpet cheaply and fast, you could try a Man and Can service (like us!).  We let you set the price for collection and match you with a local licensed waste carrier who will collect and dispose of your waste.

For more guidance on carpet disposal and the costs, check out our Ultimate Guide to Carpet Disposal here.


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