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A person removing underlay from a floor


Removing old carpet is an easy job you can do yourself with a few simple tools. We show you how to cut your carpet and get in underneath to lift it off easily. You'll also see how to remove the underlay and what tools you should use to do the job.


1Pull up the carpet

Start by cutting a strip 4cm wide and 1m long in one corner of the carpet.

Use a flat head screwdriver and a wrecking bar to gently pry the strip off the tacks underneath.

When you can reach in under the carpet, pull up the whole corner. Then follow the edge around, pulling the carpet up and rolling it into the centre of the room.

Once the carpet is all up, get a couple of people to help you take it out.

A person removing carpet from a floor

2Remove the underlay

Once the carpet is out of the way, pull up the underlay. It's really the same process as removing the carpet, although it should be easier to start.

Pull up from the edges and roll it all into the middle of the room. Once again, you'll need help from a couple of people to carry it out.

Then use a pair of pliers to pull out the staples that hold the underlay on to the floor.

A person removing underlay from a floor

3Laying new carpet?

Check out our video on how to lay carpet

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Health & Safety

Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.

When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.