How to Dispose of Old Carpets (6 Simple Ways)

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Your Carpet Installer Can Do the Job

If your carpet was purchased from a store that does not provide a disposal service, your installer would usually remove your old carpet for a charge.

However, make sure they have a trash carrier’s license, as taking it away without one is prohibited.

Your carpet installer will be charging a carper removal fee of about 1 dollar per meter square of the carpet and padding.

Installers should charge approximately 15-20 dollars to remove all your old carpet. So whether the installer charges per sq. meter or for the entire job, it is entirely up to them.

Disposal is frequently added to the original price of the upgrade as it does with retailers, so ask your installer what the charge includes.

If your carpet installer does not provide the service, it’s worth checking with another area fitter to check if they do.


Frequently asked questions

Are area rugs biodegradable?

Area rugs that are made from natural carpet fibers are biodegradable. Natural fibers include coir, organic cotton, jute, organic wool, seagrass, bamboo and sisal. You can find out the type of materials your rug is made from by checking the manufacturer tag.

How do I throw away an area rug?

Once your throw away rug is rolled and secure, you have a couple of options for getting rid of it, including trashing it, recycling it, repurposing it or donating it. Rugs that aren’t incredibly large or heavy can typically be placed in your curbside trash bin for collection. However, since many rugs aren’t biodegradable, throwing it out with the trash is not your best option for disposal. When you want a greener disposal option – or just don’t have the time to haul it away yourself – contact a local junk removal service like LoadUp. As an eco-friendly company, we strive to keep as much unwanted junk out of the landfill as possible. Our Loaders always try to find better disposal methods for your unwanted stuff, including recycling and donating to local and national charities.

Can I leave my area rug at the curb?

If you’re lost trying to figure out where to dump old rugs, you’ve come to the right place. When you schedule area rug removal with LoadUp, you have the option between in-home and curbside service. If you decide to choose our convenient curbside pickup service, simply drag your rolled up area rug to the curb before your scheduled appointment, and we’ll haul it away for $5 less!

How much does it cost to haul away an area rug?

Our average price for area rug removal and disposal starts at $77. However, this price can vary depending on the location of the rug or carpeting in your home or office. For a guaranteed, upfront quote on area rug removal, use our online booking system or send us a text for rates in your specific area.

What can I do with an old area rug that can’t be donated?

If your rug is too dirty, torn or worn out for donation, there are plenty of ways to get the most out of it by repurposing it. Drag it into your garage to catch oil and antifreeze leaks from your car or truck. If you have pets, you can fold it up or cut it with a carpet knife to fit the size of your pet’s crate for added comfort. Musicians often use rugs in their practice space, so you might try listing it on a site like Craigslist. If you don’t have the time or energy to deal with an old area rug yourself, LoadUp can help. We’ll pick up your old area rug from anywhere in your home or office and haul it away for an affordable price. As an eco-friendly service, we always try to find the best available disposal options for your old rugs and any other unwanted junk you have laying around.

How To Flatten A Rug With Curled Corners

Reverse rolling works well for curling corners on a new area rug. You can also gently fold the corners under the rug for several days. To avoid making a new crease, be sure not to step on them or flatten them.

non-curl cornerFor high-traffic areas where corners are curling from being walked on, non-curl corner protectors can be very effective.

Time to Install Your New Flooring

Congratulations – you removed your carpet! Whether you’re installing tile or fresh hardwood floors, we hope you love your new space. For more DIY tips, visit the Indoor Projects section of our blog.

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Steps for Removing Carpet

1. Clear the Space and Put on Your Protective Gear

  • Start by removing all the furniture from the room, then take down any doors that open into the room, including bi-folds.
  • Put on a pair of safety gloves and knee pads to protect yourself during this task—there will be many stray tacks to watch out for.
  • Wear a face mask if you’re sensitive to dust particles, which will be released when you pull up the carpet.

2. Detach the Carpet from the Tack Strip

The carpet is held in place by tack strips along the perimeter of the room. To detach it:

  • Pick a corner, grab the carpet with a pair of pliers, and pull. If the carpet comes up easily, grab it by your hand and continue pulling it up.
  • If it doesn’t come up easily, use a utility knife to cut a 6-inch square in the corner.
  • Remove the piece, then pull up the carpet by hand.

3. Cut the Carpet into Strips

  • Pull back about 3 feet of carpet and use a utility knife to cut it along the fold. (Cut from the back of the carpet, which provides an easier surface to work with than the front.)
  • Roll up the cut pieces and use duct tape to secure the rolls.
  • Continue removing the carpet in this way. If you come to a metal transition that separates the carpet from other flooring or carpeting, cut the carpet and leave the transition alone.
  • If there’s a closet in the room, cut the carpet at the closet door.
  • Pull up the piece in the closet separately.

4. Remove the Carpet Pad

If there’s carpet padding to remove, follow the same steps as for removing the carpet. Padding generally comes in smaller pieces, so it’ll be easier to handle, and it’s a much lighter material, so you may be able to roll several pieces together at once.

  • If the floor is made of concrete, the pad will be glued down, and big chunks may remain stuck to the concrete. Use a sharp-bladed floor scraper to remove the chunks. If the floor is made of particleboard or plywood, the pad will be held down by staples.
  • Use the floor scraper to scrape them all up.
  • And if the floor turns out to be hardwood and you want to preserve it, various tools will help you extract the staples without marring the wood, including a painter’s 5-in-1 tool, vise-grip pliers, and a small, flat-blade screwdriver, among others.

5. If Necessary, Remove the Tack Strips

After all the carpeting has been removed, examine the tack strips around the room. If they appear to be in good shape, you can leave them in place for the installation of the new carpet.

  • If you find certain sections that are rusted or otherwise damaged, slide a pry bar under the tack strip and pop it up; the carpet installers can install new ones.
  • If you plan on replacing the old carpet with another kind of flooring, such as wood, tile, or laminate, you’ll need to remove all the tack strips from the room.

3. Charcoal For Odor Absorption

If vacuuming and sun exposure fails to completely remove odors from an area rug, it’s time to move on to more drastic measures. Charcoal has long been known for its ability to absorb a wide swath of odorous organic compounds, including those that may be leaving your area rug with its unique stench. Find an old pair of nylon pantyhose (or a comparably breathable material) and fill them up with additive-free charcoal briquettes. Feel free to use whatever leftover charcoal you may have lying around from last weekend’s grill session. Lay the charcoal-filled pantyhose across the top of the rug and roll it up, laying down additional rows of charcoal-hose as you roll if the area rug is particularly large. Once fully rolled, see if you can fit the area rug in a plastic garbage bag; if not, wrap it in painter’s plastic or Saran wrap.


Seal it as tightly as possible from the outside environment to ensure that the charcoal absorbs carpet odors, not whatever smells may be floating around the room. After a few days, unwrap the rug and let it air out overnight. The procedure may be repeated if any strange scents linger.

How Do Professionals Make Area Rugs Lay Flat?

Interior Designers and Rug Dealers use professional wrinkle-removing spray to quickly remove creases from area rugs. Look for a wrinkle-removing spray that’s safe for curtain fabrics and upholstery. The spray releases the ‘memory’ of the fibers, allowing them to relax more easily. Spray the creased or curled areas liberally on the back of the rug. Then let the rug dry flat. If necessary, follow up with one of the methods above – reverse rolling, low-heat steaming, or weighting the rug.

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