A carpet runner on wooden stairs can give you big decor impact for the quantity of money and effort needed. If a runner is loose, dirty and worn, nevertheless, it’s an impact and the opposite impression — and can pose a security hazard. Some carpet runners are installed in 1 piece with tack strips along the borders, whereas others have been attached with another part of carpet for every tread and riser, stapled to the wood beneath the carpeting. However it’s attached, an old runner must go before you can set down a sharp, new runner or other finish above the stair treads
Inspect the carpeting on the riser of this upper-most stair of this stairs to determine whether the carpet runner is a connected to the carpeting on the landing above the stairs. If it is constant, cut the carpet about a inch from the landing across the riser with a sharp utility knife.
Pull back the carpet from one upper part of the highest riser far enough to slip a flat pry bar supporting the carpeting. Pull the carpet from the riser by prying with the pry bar. Keep pulling across the surface of the riser before the carpet is removed from the riser and lift up to loosen the carpet from the upper stair tread. If the carpet was installed in pieces, the department may come loose when you have eliminated it completely in the upper stair tread.
Slide the pry bar supporting the carpeting on the next riser and keep working your way down the stairs until the entire runner or sections of runner are eliminated. Roll up the pieces and place them apart.
Slide the tip of the pry bar beneath any pull strips along the borders of the risers and treads. Harness the end of the pry bar with a hammer to slide the bar under the tack strip, then lift the hexagonal bar to relax and remove the tack strip. Eliminate any additional tack strips with the pry bar and hammer.
Pull out any nails or staples that stay in either the treads or risers using the tip of the bar or the claw of the hammer.