Getting a new carpet fitted can be an exciting prospect, and it is quite understandable that you may be considering getting the old carpet out of the way in readiness for the fitters to arrive. There are, however, a few things you should consider before lifting your carpet up.
Consider disposal options before lifting your carpet up
Many carpet fitters will take and dispose of old carpets they have removed. They may, however, not do so if the carpet was taken out before their arrival. Before lifting your carpet up, you should therefore make sure you know how you to dispose of it.
Some refuse collection companies will remove short rolls with the normal household waste, others do not. In this case, you will need to find out whether there is a carpet recycling facility or public tip you can take it to in your area.
Clearing the room before lifting your carpet up
Before lifting your carpet up, you will need to clear all furniture out of the room. Make sure there are no manual handling accidents by getting someone to help you with heavy items.
Removing your carpet
Getting carpet out from under doors can be difficult. What’s more, if you close the door to get out the carpet, someone may come in while you are working near the door and trip or fall over loose bits of carpeting, for instance.
Removing any doors that open into the room will not only make pulling out the carpet easier, it will also help to prevent trips and falls by allowing others to see what you are doing where before coming in.
Carpet backing, tack strips and staples
Carpet backing can be extremely abrasive and tack strips or staples can have needle-sharp edges and points. Prevent injuries to your hands by wearing suitable gloves. Knee pads will help to prevent accidental injuries by kneeling on staples, nails or tack strips.
Dust from lifting carpets
No matter how often you vacuum your carpet, there will always be quite a bit of old dust trapped in it, so consider wearing a dust mask while removing your old carpet. This is particularly important if you are sensitive to dust.
Old or loose carpeting can cause slips, trips and falls not only in your own home, but in restaurants, cafés and other establishments. If you were injured by a slip, trip or fall in a public place, you may qualify for personal injury compensation.
To learn more about making public liability claims, contact us, Accident Advice Helpline, via our Website or call our freephone helpline on 0800 689 0500, or from your mobile on 0333 500 0993.
Date Published: August 1, 2016
Author: Accident Advice