Installations Tips for New Carpets


A quality installation is critical to the performance of your carpet. To put it simply, this is a job for the professionals. The Carpet and Rug Institute recommends hiring an installation contractor who makes a standard quality residential installation.

In most cases, the retailer will handle the details of arranging installation. At the time of purchase, ask your floor covering retailer to recommend a professional installer if there is not one on staff. Be sure to ask about additional fees, such as the removal and disposal of old flooring and moving larger furniture pieces.
There are several things you can do before installation, to make sure the process goes smoothly.
Preparing for the Installation
  1. When getting carpet installed, make sure that you know what services your installer will provide and what you might need to handle yourself. For example, there may be an additional charge to move your furniture. Here are other some things to keep in mind before and during carpet installation:
  2. Complete other remodeling projects in the room, such as wallpapering or painting, before installing new carpet.
  3. Remove all breakable items from the area being carpeted and detach and store wiring from TVs, stereos, VCR/DVD and computers.
  4. Vacuum the old carpet to avoid the possibility of airborne dust and dirt. After the old carpet and cushion are removed, vacuum the sub-floor as well.
  5. Determine who will remove and dispose of the existing carpet and cushion. Check recycling options in your area.
  6. Check your new carpet (texture, color and style) to make sure there are no visible defects before installation.
  7. Ask that seams be placed in less visible areas, but don’t expect seams to be invisible.
  8. Insist that the installer follow the instructions from the carpet manufacturer and/or those set forth in the CRI Installation Standard. Among other things, this standard requires that carpet must be power-stretched for proper installation to minimize wrinkling and rippling. Seam edges must be sealed with an appropriate adhesive to prevent delamination and edge ravel.
  9. Finally, it is your responsibility to provide an adequate supply of fresh air during installation. Open windows and doors, use an exhaust fan, or operate the fan of your heating or air conditioning system. The “new carpet smell” will clear very quickly, usually in less than 72 hours.

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