How to Remove Carpet Padding Staples

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Doing home renovations yourself can be rewarding and save you money at the same time. While updating the look of a floor may require the removal of carpet padding staples, this is not a difficult task. All that is needed are a few basic tools and a little effort. By following these basic tips, you will have your carpet padding staples removed in no time and your floor will be ready for a fresh new look.

Things You'll Need

  • Mask, optional
  • Broom
  • Cloth or cardboard
  • Hammer or screw driver
  • Pliers
  • Bucket or small container
  • Flash light (optional)
  • Gloves (optional)

How to Remove Carpet Padding Staples

  • Remove as much of the main carpet padding as possible, simply by pulling it up. Wearing a mask will help prevent inhalation of any dust that may get stirred up. Discard padding and sweep floor thoroughly.

  • Place a cloth or piece of cardboard next to the staple to be removed, to protect the floor from being scratched. If it is not necessary to protect the floor, the cloth or cardboard is not needed.

  • Insert the claw of a hammer or the screw driver underneath the staple, being sure the cloth or cardboard is underneath the tool. Using the floor as leverage, pry the staple loose. If only one side comes out, use pliers to pull the staple free. Discard staples into the bucket as you go along.

  • Check to see that all staples have been removed. Shine a flash light along the floor to help expose remaining staples, or with a glove-covered hand, lightly brush your hand along the floor feeling for any remaining staples.

  • Sweep the floor again, to be sure all loose staples have been collected.

Tips & Warnings

  • Keep a small container with you for safe and easy disposal of the staples.
  • Protect your eyes at all times by wearing safety glasses.

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