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.
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.
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.