Aside from a piece of furniture to strip, you’re going to need some tools.
A little introduction here.
Wire cutters – I didn’t actually use those pliers. I found a very old, dull and loose pair of wire cuters. You are going to pull thousands of staples, dull (not notched) wire cutters can grab staples without cutting the in half. Don’t bring out your best!
Rubber mallet – That sucker is as heavy as a carpentry hammer. Unless you are used to chiseling or stripping, you may end up missing one of the hand held tools and hitting your hand. Do you want to hit it with rubber or steel? ;)
Staple/tack puller – That yellow handled tool is fine for staple although it’s not the best. If I’m removing a lot of upholstery tacks, That’s the one I grab.
Stapler Puller – This is the tool I used extensively. I think it was between $18.00 and $25.00 at an uholstery supply store. Here’s the deal you “can” used a flat head screw driver. You “can” use a scratch awl which is better than a screwdriver. They are not made for this work. The staple puller is. The first time you strip a piece of furniture – It might take you a day. Double that with an awl and triple that with a screwdriver. On top of that, the staple puller doesn’t gouge the wood like the awl or screwdriver. Finally, you will injure yourself far less often.
Caveot – don’t pull tacks, nails, or framing staples with the staple puller. You might break it.
Work Gloves – I had 5 bleeders today. In addition – unless you use a chisel all day long, you might get blisters.
Scissors – maybe.
Tetanus Shot – interesting tool?? ;)
Off we go!
-- Working on my home for 2 years and counting.