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Question DetailsAsked on 9/6/2014

removed carpet, now need someone to remove staples and carpet tacking fr wood floors, exc condt

Carpet and pad has been removed and disposed up. Staples have remnants of padding and it was installed on wood floors (in excellent condition). Desire staples and taking surrounding rooms removed "carefully" so to protect floors. Living/Dining room (spacious), and hallways. Approx. 300-400 sq.ft.(?)

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My recommendation - if you are not up to doing this yourself, which would probably be the most careful job - would be a hardwood flooring contractor, to pull the nails and staples and plug the holes, and spot refinish the patches. If you have a Handyman who, from prior jobs you know is meticulous and careful he could certainly do it. The key is to protect the flooring from tool marks when pulling the fasteners.

Removing them is not tough - I use about a 4 inch square piece of smoothly sanded 1/4" plywood with a slot just big enough for the staple in the middle, and use that as the base to pry against with pliers or vise grips for the staples, tool depending on how long and hard to pull they are. The plywood protects the flooring from the prying action of the pliers and by supporting around the staple reduces the chance of splintering the wood. I use a nailpuller or diagonal cutters grabbing under the head of the nail for the nails in the tack strips, prying against the tack strip itself to protect the flooring and reduce the risk of splintering. Note this works quite well with hardwoods, softwoods and bamboo and such tend to fir up or splinter a bit here and there no matter what you do, and thin laminates and engineered woods split and splinter easier than solid wood.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD


I rented a tool called "The Staple Popper" at Home Depot. It was $10 to rent for the day. It was well worth it. All I had to do was roll the tool along the floor and it removed all the staples. Best part was it did not scratch the floors. It was so easy using this tool.

Answered 5 years ago by Lorianne522514

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