Wouldn’t it be great if carpet could grow like grass? Just throw down some seeds, sprinkle it with water and BINGO! — a beautiful new floor covering for your family to enjoy! Unfortunately, it’s not that easy. If you’re installing carpet into a home you already occupy, there’s furniture to move, old floor covering to rip out and possibly subfloors to replace or repair. |
But don’t stress out. By following these pointers, your installation process should be fairly painless — kinda like that last cavity removal. Just kidding.
Before the Installer Arrives Before the installer arrives, make sure that your place is in order:
Vacuum the old carpet to eliminate dust and dirt
Make sure that nothing is hanging over the carpet (e.g. curtains)
Hide all valuables
Provide good ventilation by opening windows and doors and/or operating fans
If you decide to remove the old carpet yourself, see Home Depot's Guide to Removing Carpet
When the Installer Arrives When the installer arrives, make sure that the carpet matches your purchase:
Check the label, sales receipt, and warranty that come with your carpet because they describe your order
Ask for a scrap of carpet (at least 1 foot x 2 feet)
Have the installer inspect the carpet and backing for defects
Keep the label, scrap of carpet, receipt, and warranty for your records
Contact the retailer if any part of your order is incorrect
After the Old Carpet is Removed After the old carpet is removed, vacuum the floor to prepare for installation.
During Installation According to your agreement with the installer, make sure they:
Double-glued seams to prevent delamination and fuzzing
Power stretch the carpet to minimize wrinkles
Provide waterfall installation on stairs
Remove, trim, and re-hang doors that do not swing freely
If you are sensitive to odors, consider leaving during installation.
After Installation After your new carpet is installed, vacuum to remove loose fibers. Fibers may shed or sprout for a few days. Clip the sprouts with a pair of sharp scissors. Pulling may unravel fibers and damage the carpet. Also, the new carpet smell should dissipate after 2 to 3 days of ventilation (if not, contact the installer). If the carpet starts wrinkling, call the installer to stretch the carpet.
These days, everyone with a carpet staple gun thinks they’re an installer. Don’t be fooled. A business card and a pick-up truck do not a professional carpet installer m
ake. It takes years to develop the skills for professional carpet installation, skills like minimizing and hiding seams, matching surface transition heights and using specialized tools. Do it right the first time. Your retailer is your best source. Hire a pro.
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