How Long Does It Take To Rip Up A Carpet? [Quickest Method]

Rip Up A Carpet

Thinking of ripping away the old carpet? One may consider taking off the old carpet from the floor for various reasons. But at the same time, it seems like a time-consuming and challenging task to rip up the carpet. And for busy people, the first query that pops up in mind is how long does it take to rip up carpet? A legitimate question indeed!

Ideally, it would take around 30 to 60 minutes to rip up the carpet of a medium room. The time will vary depending on how big or small the room is. But the average duration will be between 30 to 60 minutes. However, to do it in the shortest time, knowing the right process is necessary. 

As you can see, it doesn’t take as long as you may have assumed to rip up a carpet. And when you are an expert in it or at least follow the steps correctly, you can do it in the shortest time possible. Therefore, in this article, I will discuss how you can quickly rip up the carpet.

How To Rip Up A Carpet Within An Hour? (The Fastest Way)

As I have said before, you need to know the right procedure and set of tools to do it in the shortest time possible. Now if you take frequent breaks, you will take a longer time to take off the carpet. But if you do it consistently and systematically, you can do it fast. And that won’t take longer than an hour to remove the carpet of a room. 

So here, I will mention the easiest way of ripping up a carpet so that you can get it done maximum by 60 minutes. Let’s go then!

Step 1: Cut The Carpet At Edges

If the carpet is attached to tack strips along the sides of the walls, you should be very cautious while doing this. As the carpet is firmly nailed to the tack strips, you first need to cut the carpet along the corners. 

At four corners of the room, cut 6×6 inches square on the carpet with a utility knife. So you are cutting all the four corners of the carpet. Now the task will be easier for you. But before ripping it away, divide the carpet into three parts. Choose the center of the flooring and cut the carpet into three equal portions. You can either cut it halfway or cut the entire carpet across the length. 

Step 2: Roll Up The Carpet

Start from one corner of the room. From where you made the 6×6 inches cut, slowly lift the corner. Now keep rolling the carpet back to the other side of the room. Go slow and make sure that you don’t tear the carpet. So gently pull the carpet from the subfloor and roll it back. If you find it difficult to detach the carpet from the subfloor, use a pry bar to strip it off. 

Once you finish rolling up the first section of the carpet, secure the roll with duct tape. 

Step 3: Repeat

Do the same for the other two portions of carpet. Basically, and cut the edge and roll up the carpet. You can use a utility knife or pry bar to scrape off the stubborn carpet on the subfloor. Then secure the roll with duct tape and clean the subfloor thoroughly. 

Now tell me, was it that tough? No, right?

However, if the carpet is glued to the subfloor, the process can be a bit tougher. So here are my steps to rip up glued carpets: 

Step 1: Cut And Remove The Carpet

The problem is not when you remove the upper layer of the carpet. The actual challenge is when you need to remove the foam subfloor underneath the carpet. Anyway, let’s start with removing the carpet. 

Just as you did previously, cut the carpet into small sections and pull them off and make rolls. You can do it more precisely if you cut the carpet into several small sections prior to rolling up the carpet. 

Okay, so done with removing the carpet from the flooring? Great!

Step 2: Take Off The Foam Padding

This is one of the time-consuming parts I have experienced. The foam padding sticks strongly to the subfloor. So it becomes difficult to remove it. However, it is not so problematic if you have the right tools. 

Use elbow grease and take a scraper. Start from one corner of the room and start scraping off the foam pad from the flooring. The foam may tear while scraping it off. So after you remove it all, make sure to vacuum the floor

Step 3: Clear The Glue

Here comes the toughest part! Though the article is on how long does it take to rip up the carpet, I am also including the time of removing the carpet glue. Because when you sum up the total time, you need to include the time to clean the glue too. 

For cleaning the glue, you can pour hot water and sentinel on the floor and let it sit for an hour. These two agents are excellent in softening the glue from the flooring. Now, scrape off the glue from the subfloor. But this may take around an hour.

So you see, removing glued carpet will take more than an hour. 

Frequently Asked Questions:

How Hard Is It to Rip Up An Old Carpet? 

It is not so hard to rip up old carpet especially if it is not glued. You can simply cut the carpet into small sections with a knife and then roll up the carpet. It is very simple and easy and will take around 60 minutes to complete a room. However, if the carpet is glued, the process can be lengthy. 

How Long Does It Take To Rip Up Old Carpet And Install New ?

The duration of removing and installing a new carpet depends on how expert you are in this and the size of the room. If the room is a square one and medium in size, you can do both in a day or so.

However, for larger spaces, you may like to take 2 days to do the task. Also, if you are really consistent in the task, the entire task can take around 3-4 hours. 

Can You Rip Up the Carpet Yourself?

You can rip up a carpet all by yourself. This is not a difficult task to do and can save up a lot if you do it by yourself. You can easily scrape it off or cut the carpet into sections to roll up the carpet. Next, clean the subfloor and prepare it for the new flooring. 


Apart from knowing how long it takes to rip up carpet, you have also learned the fastest way to do it. As mentioned above, follow the steps and rip up the old carpet in the shortest time possible. 

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Jahidul Alam

Hello dear! This is Jahidul Alam. I am the admin of this Tidy Floor. I have been in the floor cleaning business for the last 20 years. My business is all about ensuring affordable flooring cleaning services for Americans.

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