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Replacing a carpet with vinyl flooring – part one

While a carpet offers a host of benefits for a home or an office, a vinyl floor holds some advantages over its softer cousin. Easy to clean, less prone to wear and tear and relatively cheap compared to some other commonly used materials, everyone from homeowners to office designers is choosing vinyl.

For those whose workspace or living room already has an old carpet laid, here are some tips that will help you take it up and lay your vinyl flooring while minimising stress.

Corners first

Starting in the corner of your room, try to pull the carpet up here with your bare hands. If it won’t come up easily, you can cut a small square away to give yourself a better grip. Remember to take care not to hurt yourself on the tack strips.

To make the old carpet easy to dispose of, pull it away from the wall and fold it over itself so that you have around a third of the underside exposed. Cut this away with a Stanley knife, roll it up and then secure it with duct tape. Doing the same with the rest gives you three easy-to-carry bundles you can throw outside ready for the tip.

Don’t forget the subfloor

Now it’s time to make sure the subfloor of your room is relatively flat. If it’s concrete, check for any holes or low-lying areas and use a patching compound, mixed with some water, to make the subfloor as even as possible.

In the hour or so it takes to dry, you can work on measuring the room’s dimensions if you don’t know them already.

With the measurements in hand and your vinyl ready to roll (pun intended), we’ll next discuss the best way for you to cut and lay your new floor.

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