Posted on: July 7, 2009 Posted by: Nicole Harding Comments: 1

Who has the time of day for an old carpet sitting around? You certainly do not, that is for sure. Once carpets are past their prime they can be an ugly frustration to have around in your house. Perhaps it is no longer possible to clean, or you are simply looking for a fresh change. Whatever the case, getting rid of an old carpet does not have to be difficult.

Of course, you can always throw your old carpet directly in the garbage, but there are several solutions that you can try that give you a much more productive way to reuse your carpet. You can sell it, recycle it, have it restored, or use different pieces of it for odd jobs around the house. The world is your oyster!

1. Sell your carpet.

Selling your carpet might seem like a strange idea, but it is entirely possible to do so. If you are simply looking for a change of scenery, and your carpet is in fairly good shape, you should have a fairly easy time finding someone who is willing to take it off your hands for a decent price. Buying a new carpet is expensive, after all!

There are various ways you can sell your carpet online. You can try classic buy and sell websites like Kijiji, or you can try using social media websites like Facebook to sell your carpet.

Keep in mind that you might have some troubles selling a used carpet online, so you should always be honest and include as many pictures as you can. Describe the carpet, including its condition (making note of any damaged or stained areas). Try taking photos of your carpet before you pull it all up, because people are not nearly as likely to trust a photo of a bunch of carpet rolls.

Being honest is a smart idea. If people feel like you are trying to swindle them, they will avoid doing business with you. Keep in mind how many people there are online who might need carpeting. Why not create an advertisement and see what happens before you try anything else?

2. Recycle your carpet.

If at all possible you should try and avoid adding to the overflowing landfills of the world. There are many ways to recycle old carpet so that it takes on a new and usable form.

Old carpet can be transformed into new carpets and rugs, amongst other products. Who knows, maybe your old carpet will see a new life in the new carpet you eventually buy!

3. Donate your carpet.

If you have an old carpet that is in good shape that you are not interested in making any money from, why not donate it? Call ahead to your local charity to see if they have any interest in carpets. Remember that carpets are very expensive, and you might just make someone’s day if you donate your old carpet!

4. Clean your carpet.

Are you sure that you need to get rid of your old carpet? Why not see if you can clean it up and use it again?

Perhaps you have a light colored carpet that has several stains. If you have not done so already, you should try and have it steam cleaned. Steam cleaning can do wonders for an old carpet, making it look like new once more.

5. Restore your carpet.

You can also consider applying a dye to your carpet to make it look like new again. If you have already tried steam cleaning and the stains have remained, why not try a new color?

To restore your carpet, you will first need to make sure it is as clean as possible. Vacuum your carpet and then wash it with shampoo and water to remove any of the stains. If you have already tried steam cleaning, then you are already on the right track in this regard.

When choosing a color of carpet dye, you should always keep in mind how much damage has been done to your carpet. To be safe, using a dark color of dye is usually the safest option.

Always follow the instructions on a bottle of carpet dye, and make sure you apply the dye as evenly as you can. If you are unsure of your own ability to successfully do so, you can always consider bringing in some professionals. Chances are high that the cost of doing so will be less than replacing the entire carpet.

Start in the furthest corner of the room away from the door, and work your way towards the entrance so that you do not have to step on any wet dye. Once it has dried, check it over to see how it looks. Apply extra dye in whatever areas you feel are necessary.

6. Make some insulation.

If you open your imagination, there are countless different solutions you can follow to make your carpet into something else. Insulation is a great solution, for example.

Because of a carpet’s hairy surface and the rubber on its base, carpet serves as a great insulation tool that works almost as well as the insulation you can buy in a store.

You can use a box knife to cut some carpet to wrap around your pipes. You can also custom tailor some pieces of carpet to go inside your attic, your crawl space, your garage door, or even your doghouse. Dogs get cold too!

Carpets also make great sound insulation. If you have a rec room in your basement and you want to muffle the noise of your action movies from reaching upstairs, you can try hanging some carpets on the walls. You can also make a music room to contain the sweet sounds of your raging guitar solos.

7. Re-carpet another room.

Perhaps your carpet is still in fairly good condition. If it is, you can consider using your carpet in a smaller room, like a room in your basement, for instance, which is especially helpful if you do not already have carpet in your basement.

8. Make a scratching post.

While you are insulating your doghouse, why not help your cat out as well! Cats love to sharpen their claws on carpet, which might be why you are getting rid of your carpet in the first place!

Use an area of carpet and wrap it around a post or peg. Your cats will thank you for doing so (or they will look on in disgust. Hard to know, really).

Don’t stress yourself out if you have an old carpet in your life. Getting rid of your old carpet does not have to be hard, and you might even make some money from it! At the very least, you should be able to tackle a solid do it yourself project that could save you some money down the line (with insulation, for instance). If at all possible, try to avoid throwing your carpet in the garbage. There are simply too many uses for your old carpet for it to end up in a landfill!

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