How to Remove Carpet From Stairs

Carpet can be installed on stairs as one solid piece or as individual strips of carpet.

Remove carpeting from stairs for a new look or to replace damaged areas.Remove carpeting from stairs for a new look or to replace damaged areas.
Padding is generally installed underneath carpet to add a layer of cushion so you don't feel like you are walking on a hard floor. If you decide later to change from carpeting to another type of flooring like hardwood or laminate, you can remove the carpet from the stairs as well as any padding and tack strips holding the carpet in place.

Start at the top of the stairs in one corner. Use a crowbar to pull the carpet up and away from its padding and the step. Wear work gloves to protect your hands.

Use pliers to get a better grip on the carpet. Cut the carpet into pieces using a utility knife. Toss the pieces of carpet to the bottom of the stairs. Pull off and cut away carpet from each step.

Use pliers to pull the padding from the stairs. Use a hammer or crowbar to remove the carpet's tack strips, if tack strips are present.

Things You Will Need

  • Crowbar
  • Work gloves
  • Pliers
  • Utility knife
  • Hammer
  • Broom or vacuum cleaner


  • Once the carpet is removed, sweep or vacuum your stairs to remove any dust and dirt.

About the Author

Nick Davis is a freelance writer specializing in technical, travel and entertainment articles. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Memphis and an associate degree in computer information systems from the State Technical Institute at Memphis. His work has appeared in "Elite Memphis" and "The Daily Helmsman" in Memphis, Tenn. He is currently living in Albuquerque, N.M.