Tips And Facts
Preparing for installation
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. Keep these things in mind before hiring an installer:
Before installers arrive, complete other remodeling projects intended in the room, such as painting and wallpapering. Vacuum the old carpet to avoid the possibility of airborne dust and dirt. After the carpet and cushion are removed, vacuum the sub-floor.
When carpet is delivered
Check your new carpet (texture, color and style) to make sure there are no visible defects before installation. Be sure the installer will adhere to the CRI Installation Standard. (PDF 1.06 MB) Need Help with PDF? 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.
Also, bear in mind that your new carpet needs to be installed over a structurally sound subfloor. Any damage that has been done by insects, water or other problems need to be repaired prior to carpet installation.
New, thicker carpet may prevent doors from swinging clear and free. Your installer may remove the doors and rehang them if possible. If the doors do not clear, arrange to have them trimmed. 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.
In the months following installation, you may notice some shedding or sprouting. This is normal and will not affect the carpet’s life or beauty. Here’s what to do:
If you have any additional questions, contact your retailer and/or the carpet manufacturer.
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