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Installation Tips

Preparation, Installation and Aftercare

Preparing for the Installation

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:

  • Complete other remodeling projects in the room, such as wallpapering or painting, before installing new carpet.
  • Remove all breakable items from the area being carpeted and detach and store wiring from TVs, stereos, VCR/DVD and computers.
  • 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.
  • Determine who will remove and dispose of the existing carpet and cushion. Check recycling options in your area.
  • Check your new carpet (texture, color and style) to make sure there are no visible defects before installation.
  • Ask that seams be placed in less visible areas, but don’t expect seams to be invisible.
  • 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.
  • 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.

After the Installation

In the months following installation, you may notice some changes in your carpet. Most of these are normal and will not affect the carpet’s life or beauty. Here’s what to do as the carpet breaks in over time:

If you have any additional questions, contact your retailer and/or the carpet manufacturer.

  • Shedding – The shedding of loose fibers is normal and should subside with regular vacuuming.
  • Sprouting – If a single tuft extends beyond the carpet’s surface, simply clip it off. Do not pull it out.
  • Pile reversal or shading – This seeming color change may occur in various parts of the carpet, caused by light being reflected in different ways as pile fibers are bent in different directions. This is a characteristic of plush carpet, not a defect.
  • Wrinkling – If ripples occur, call your retailer. It may be necessary to professionally restretch the carpet.

The Benefits of the Different Types of Installation:

Stretch-In Installation:  

This installation may be used for the following reasons:

  • Underfoot comfort enhancement and acoustical properties (higher noise reduction) when installed with a separate cushion
  • Thermal insulation increase (R-value)
  • For use over floors unsuitable for glue-down
  • Corrective measures, i.e. seam repair may be easier to perform
  • Removal costs are less than removal of adhered installation

Avoid stretch-in installations in the following:

  • Ramps and inclines
  • Where office systems furniture and demountable partitions are utilized
  • Where there is likelihood of heavy rolling traffic
  • When carpet has unitary backing or other backing systems  designed for glue-down installation only

Direct Glue-Down Installation:

  • For rolling traffic and ramp areas
  • Since there is no vertical flexing, seams are more durable
  • Minimized buckling in buildings that have HVAC systems turned off  for extended time periods
  • No re-stretch situations
  • Facilitates access to electrical and telephone lines under the floor
  • Eliminates incidences of seam peaking
  • No restrictions to area size
  • Intricate borders and inlays are possible
  • Mostly less expensive

Double Glue-Down Installation:

Combines the stability of direct glue-down with the cushioning benefits of a separate cushion, stretch-in installation as follows:

  • Carpet appearance retention improvement, as well as under foot  and overall performance
  • Carpet bordering and inlaying simplified
  • Suitable for wheeled traffic areas
  • No restrictions on area size