Anyone know the best tool to remove staples from hard wood flooring?
Some of them are really embedded deep and I would like to remove while
damaging the floor as less as possible.
So far a screw driver and pliers is what I am using but it would be nice if
there was a better solution.
Are they in the tongue or did somebody drive them through the face? :(
I'm wondering if you would really _have_ to remove them or simply
break off the points to reuse the material...
I've found no _good_ solution but better luck depending on the actual
staple used may be a tack puller or similar instead of the screwdriver
(thinner, harder blade) and a pair of side cutters or small end
cutters instead of regular pliers...
I have a pair of Knipex slip joint pliers that are my favorite for
I don't lever the staple out, I just grab the crown squarely and yank
straight up. Works. Your back might not like it if you have tons of
Do you mean staples as in staples that used to hold down carpet padding?
For removing such I've used a pair of cheap Chinese slip-joint pliers on
which I flattened the face by putting it in the vise and filing the nose
straight across to remove the subtle round-over that the manufacturer
designed it. Before doing this it was easy to remove 90% of the staples
and after it probably gets up to 99%. But there will always be those
that are snapped off flush to the wood's surface or below and there will
aways be some damage done getting those out.
Hello Bob - I had this same problem. Don't use a flat screwdriver
head, it's too think. I found the best tool to use was a small pry
bar. I attached a link to the one I used from sears below. What you
do is gently tap the corner of the "flat" end of the pry bar into the
center of the staple. For leverage and so you don't damge the wood
floor when pressing down, put a small piece of wood (could even be a
small piece of molding trim) behind the bar and press down. Gently
press down when you feel you caught it and , bingo, it's out. If the
screw is too embedded, use a small hammer to tap the "corner" of the
flat end of the pry bay under the screw. Regards and hoped this
helped. By the way, this Pry Bar is now my favorite tool, I use it