How to Remove Wall-to-Wall Carpet. It's not hard but go carefully so you don't damage the baseboards and take care not to stir up a cloud of dust and allergens that's been collecting through the years. (Note: the last step shown, take up the old tackstrip, is not usually necessary if you're going to install new carpet, but do remove it if you're choosing a hard-surface flooring.) Check with your city sanitation department for disposal instructions.
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Prevent damp basement floors from ruining carpet and other finished flooring. Install dimpled polyethylene to create an air space between the concrete and the finished floor, sealing off dampness and giving moisture a chance to dissipate.