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.
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.
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.