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Replacing Carpet with Laminate Flooring: The Right Way


Laminate flooring is quite easy to clean and maintain; that is one reason why people are tilting towards the idea these days, making it a number one flooring trend, that is according to sources at DYW Carpet Cleaning. Carpets are initially lovely, but after some time, there may be unrecoverable damages that don’t look pleasing to the eyes. Some might opt for a VCT but replacing this condition with a ‘laminate flooring’ might just be the best feasible idea.

An excellent laminate flooring job requires as many subfloors as a hardwood flooring and, most importantly, mustn’t be done over the carpeting. It also has to be laid the right way. Some myths say otherwise, however, that’s just what they are – myths!

If your home has a foyer, you can replace the stairs runners with the same laminate material as with your home’s flooring.

How to Remove your Carpeting

To replace your carpet with laminate flooring, you need to thoroughly remove the carpeting (the rug itself and the under padding). Do away with the carpet baseboards often used to form the perimeter of the room, then peel the carpet from the tacks holding it together and put it aside.

Removing the Tacks Strips

Tacks are spiky and sharp and will hurt if you grab them with no hand gloves on while trying to remove the strips. A pry bar or flat-head screwdriver prying on the strips would be an easy way to remove them. However, for better handling, you should make the strips shorter by breaking each one you remove and stashing away in a basin.

The Under-padding Removal

An underpadding of a carpet is always pinned to the bare floor and thereby proving a more difficult task to remove than the main carpet. To remove the underpadding, you have to drag as hard as possible to free the padding from the pins or staplers. Then with a flat-head screwdriver, pry all the staplers loose. The ones that weren’t holding down any part of the padding can be smashed further into the ground. Be aware that this procedure is time-consuming, especially if you are bent on removing all the staples from the ground. So you have to do this when you are prepared and have the time for it.

How To Prepare The Subfloor For Your Laminate Floor

A well-prepared subfloor must be clean and sealed against moisture, especially. It has to have similar laying effort as though you are laying hardwood despite that the laminate floor might or might not be nailed down.


1. Clean The Subfloor After Removing The Carpet

After peeling off the carpet, there are bound to be debris or dirt sticking around on the subfloor. A vacuum cleaner should do the trick. However, if there are a few staples pinned onto the floor, you could manually remove them or drive them deeper into the floor with a hammer.

2. Securing The Subfloor

If any screws are lying about, you could secure the subfloor by replacing these screws with newer ones and by pinning the latter just about an inch from the position of the former. Check the fasteners and fortify them if need be. 2-inch wood screws being placed at least 6 inches apart would do the trick.

3. Level The Subfloor

Using a lumber measuring 2×4 and 6 feet in length, calculate the level by using the lumber as a pivot to form a circle around the floor’s highest points while securing two low spots on the floor. Any area measuring 3/16 inches below your measurement using the floor level as a determinant should be filled completely. The plywood sheets should also be leveled as you’re actively leveling the floor.

4. Sanding And Cleaning

We recommend 120-grit sandpaper if you want to sand your subfloor effectively. However, you can use a pad-sander if that’s what you can easily find and sand the floor. After sanding, you may have to recheck the floor for any untouched debris. Anyone found should be eliminated with a vacuum cleaner. The reason is that this debris may cause gapping or bulging when the laminate floor is applied.

5. Add A Moisture Seal

Contact your laminate floor provider for a moisture seal. It could be in the form of a plastic barrier, foam padding, or resin paper. The moisture barrier ought to be at least 6-mil thick and should be applied directly onto the subfloor.

6. Install The Laminate Flooring

To install your laminate floor, you need a hammer, circular saw, measuring tape, jigsaw, a pull bar, and tapping block. However, installation should be done quickly as these laminate boards were built to snap together with ease.

Got Stairs?

If you need to remove the carpet on your stairs and replace it with laminate flooring, do not forget the importance of glue for holding the floor from slipping when being stepped on. Use a corner molding to trim the edges to conceal any gapping between the tread and riser. But a professional avoids gaps totally by cutting.