Carpet Installation Tips

Even if you've hired a professional carpet installer, there's lots you can do to ensure the job goes smoothly - and with no lasting problems afterward.

Advance Preparation

Before the installer arrives, here are some things you can do to make the job easier:

  • Vacuum your old carpet to minimize dust when it's removed.
  • If you've removed the old carpet, ventilate the room and vacuum the floor thoroughly.
  • Leave nothing hanging over the area to be carpet, such as plants or drapery.
  • Open windows and doors to provide good ventilation.

And remember, carpeting should be the LAST step in a remodeling plan. So make sure any painting, repairs or small construction jobs are completed FIRST!

Before Installation Begins

When the installer arrives, there's a new checklist of chores to keep in mind:

  • Make sure the carpet is the same one you ordered at the store. Check the label and sales receipt.
  • Ask your installer to inspect the carpet and backing for defects.
  • Keep the label, receipt, warranty and a scrap of carpet for your records. That little scrap will come in handy if you ever want to buy more of the same style and color!
  • Decide whether you want to keep any leftover carpet to use as doormats or for future repair jobs.

After Installation

Installing carpet can be a dusty, dirty job. If you have allergies or are sensitive to odours, you might want to leave while the job is being done.

After the installation job is complete, here are a few things to watch for:

  • Fibers may shed or sprout for a few days. Vacuum up the loose fibers, and clip the sprouts with a pair of sharp scissors. (Don't pull, or they'll unravel!)
  • Trim and re-hang any doors that do not swing freely.
  • Keep an eye out for wrinkling, and ask the installer to return and re-stretch the carpet if it doesn't stay tight and flat.
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