What is the best way to remove carpeting and treat the concrete beneath it afterward?

Asked by Natalia
Pasadena, CA

I am planning on lifting the carpets off my entire rental apartment -- hoping to reveal fresh concrete floors underneath. What is the easiest way to remove the carpet? After the carpet is removed, how shall I treat the concrete floor, and what type of DIY finishing do you recommend that is low-cost, sustainable, but appealing all at the same time?


Answered by Erik Henry

Brownsburg, IN

ELH Construction LLC

May 19, 2010

Cut the carpet into manageable 4- to 6-foot widths and roll from the short length of the room.

There are many different concrete primers that can be used. Ceramic tile is also sustainable and inexpensive. An even cheaper way to go would be painting the floors with a concrete floor coating.

If there are any cracks under the carpet, you will want to address these before proceeding. The floors should be sponged with clean water before any primer, paint, or flooring is installed.

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You should also read Brad Hubbell's "Is concrete flooring eco-friendly? What's the best way to finish it -- stain, paint, polish?" to learn more about finishing concrete floors.

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