Do you consider carpet removal a too large project, and that you are afraid of doing it yourself? You could most likely just ask the carpet guys to do it for you.
The truth is, though, that you’ll never be able to conquer your fears if you don’t face them. The longer you put it off to deal with them and confront yourself, the bigger the issue will become. And bit by bit has a significant impact on other areas of your life, but not in the right way.
Are you ready to do something about it? Just follow our four easy steps.
1. Acknowledge your fear and reflect
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The first step in conquering any fear is simply to acknowledge it. It’s not a sign of weakness to admit that you are afraid of a particular situation.
Anyone who has been there would know carpet removal is a daunting task. However, it’s a sign of strength to acknowledge that you are so scared of that specific task.
You may already feel a lot better just saying it out aloud. Just saying it is not the same as actually doing it, albeit it may cause you as much sweat on your forehead.
While you’re at it, you may want to think about the reason for your hesitance. What exactly is it that makes you feel “afraid” of removing a carpet? Are you worried that you’re going to find a nest of tarantulas underneath the old carpet? Frankly, I’m more worried about those carpet beetles.
But hey, isn’t that another reason why you should order a carpet removal? Make sure to check the surrounding area for any sign of beetle infestation.
On the other hand, if you’re afraid that you could pull up the floor fill, rest assured, it won’t happen. The carpet is stuck to the floor with some special tape that might make it hard to remove it. But it isn’t nearly as sticky enough to pull up the cement. Once you realize that simple fact, you’ll notice your fear is somewhat irrational.
2. Watch some videos
Next, you could watch some videos about how to remove a carpet. You shouldn’t yet do it yourself; you’re only watching someone do it. If it’s too much at some point, you can hit the pause button and stop right there. But make sure to return on the next day once you’ve calmed down a little if thighs are too stressful at first.
Do some breathing exercises or go for a walk in nature as a means to unwind. You could also try doing something that makes you happy and forget about it for a while. Once anxiety gets a hold of you, you may not feel like cooking your favorite meal. So, relax anyway.
On the next day, you’ll continue with the same video you paused. Try to watch it several times until you’re clear, and practice breathing exercises to remain relaxed. Watch some more videos about carpet removal. It’s not just a great exercise to overcome your fear; videos of several people may also give you some tips and tricks to go about carpet removal the easiest and best way.
3. Buy the tools you need
Once you’ve watched several videos about carpet removal and can handle the stress factor, go out and buy the tools you need for this task. This would include some heavy-duty gloves, a dust mask to protect yourself from all the dust that’s going to come up, a pry bar, a hammer, pliers, and a utility knife.
Layout the tools in front of you when you’re back at home; look closely at each tool. Take the tools into your hand and watch as you hold them, one after another.
If your hand keeps shaking in fear, try to get a firmer grip. Once you feel comfortable having the tools, you can try to use them without using them on your old carpet. Just take it in your hand and see what it’s needed for. Make some movements with the tools, as you’ve seen in the videos.
4. Time for the carpet removal
As you’ve gained some comfort withholding your tools and watched several videos about the best procedure, it’s time actually to remove your carpet.
Take out all the furniture that is in the room in which you plan to remove the carpet. Since this already is quite a handful to do, you will probably not make it to remove the carpet on the same day. Take a break afterward and remove the carpet on the following day.
Right, your room is empty, You’ve got all the tools you need, and you’ve watched countless videos about how to do it correctly. Hardly anything could go wrong. Start with removing the baseboards.
Take your pliers, get a firm grip on the corner and start removing the carpet in one corner. As soon as you can grab the whole corner, you only have to keep pulling the carpet. Use a pry bar to make it a little easier in those parts where the carpet sticks to the floor-filling like candy.
You’ll have to invest a lot of muscle power during this step, and you won’t have much time to think about your fears. Remember that you prepared yourself well and just keep going.
Once you’ve been able to remove a massive chunk from the floor underneath, pull it back and cut it into stripes with your utility knife. After you remove the carpet, you can go ahead with the same technique to remove the carpet pad underneath.
Finally, you can say goodbye to that old carpet. How did you manage? Was it challenging to go about it or not as daunting as you initially thought? If you went the extra mile, you’ll feel the improvements in the room’s atmosphere and your living room will have a new coziness to it.