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How to Remove Carpet Tack Strips

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📅 January 29, 2022

⏱️2 min read

Carpet tack strips are essential fittings that keep a carpet in place. These fittings are often used for wall-to-wall carpets.

You need to remove the carpet tack strips if you want to renovate or replace the floor with any advanced flooring material.

Note that you need to have the necessary tools before removing carpet tack strips. Furthermore, always take precautions to avoid injuries or damage the floor when removing the carpet tack strips.

We will look at the most efficient technique of removing carpet strips in this guide.

Pro tips:

  • Carpet tack strips are usually secured on the subfloor firmly. So, it is recommended to remove them with the correct procedure.
  • Carpet strips can be preinstalled on concrete or wood floors.

Step-by-step guide

Estimated completion time: 20-30 minutes

1. Gather Necessary Tools

Have a few tools and utilities before removing the carpet tack strips.


  • Pry bar
  • Claw hammer
  • Crowbar (if needed)
  • Putty knife (if needed)


  • Safety gloves and goggles

2. Begin at One Corner

Begin the removing process at the corner to ensure clean results.

Safety Tip: Make sure to wear gloves during the entire process. Carpet tack strips have hundreds of tiny nails that hold the carpet in place.

3. Insert the Crowbar

It is necessary to know the exact position to insert the crowbar or pry bar.

Always make sure the crowbar is positioned at the end of the carpet tack strip. Do not insert it in the middle of the carpet strip. Furthermore, make sure that the crowbar aligns with the tack strip nail.

4. Hammering the Crowbar/pry Bar

Gently hammer the crowbar with a hammer until it sinks underneath the tack strip.

5. Swinging the Pry Bar

Push the pry bar until the tack strip detaches from the floor.

Note: DO NOT lift the entire carpet tack strip. Instead, move to the next tack strip nail and repeat step 4 above.

6. Continue Until You Remove All the Carpet Tack Strips

Repeat steps 3, 4, and 5 until you remove all the carpet strips.

7. Removing the Nails from the Floor

Use a claw hammer or a crowbar to pull out the remaining nails from the floor.

You should wear safety goggles in this step.

Note: Never use a flathead screwdriver, a chisel, or any other similar tool when removing carpet tack strips.


After taking out a carpet, you will notice old carpet tack strips. Remove these tack strips in preparation for the next carpet installation.

Luckily, this guide has looked at the most practical technique to remove carpet tack strips.

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