Are you a do-it-yourself type of person? It probably would not be a big surprise if you are planning to install your own carpets. While it may seem like an easy task, there are a lot of factors that you will need to consider, such as what type of carpeting your home needs, and the type of carpet underlay you should use underneath.
If you are loath to have professional installers touch your floors, then you will have to learn how to install your own carpets with the right equipment necessary to undertake the job.
If your carpet is coming with a manual, always remember to read the manual first before you begin the actual installation. This way, you can have a better understanding of the procedure and keep from making any costly mistakes that will send you running to the phone to call the manufacturer, or a professional carpet installer. Remember that erroneous installation of your carpets frees the manufacturer from the warranty, so make sure you are doing the installation correctly, by the book.
The first chore you have to do is to move away furniture from where you plan to install your carpeting. Furniture can get in the way of your work, and you'll need to put them far away where they will not snag the padding and the carpet's material that you plan to lay down. If you want wall-to-wall carpeting and a door is in the way, remove the door from its hinges first. This way, you can simply trim the excess length and thickness, and re-install your door as soon as you are done with your installation.
Before laying down your carpet, you will need to clean the floor first. Dust and dirt can soil the bottom of the carpeting and make it harder to clean. You will also want to install the underlay between the floor and your choice of carpet. The carpet underlay acts as heat insulator that serves to keep your floors warm during cold weather. It also sound proofs your floor, as well as keeps moisture away from the cargoing material. Moisture is one of the main culprits that can damage carpets.
Whether you have chosen waffle padding, foam padding, or rubber padding, among the many choices for your carpet underlay, make sure it is the right weight and thickness to suit your requirements for cushioning and insulation.
Check the smoothness of your carpeting. It will not do to have unsightly wrinkles and ripples on the surface. On the other hand, over stretching the material may damage it beyond repair.
Finally, cut any fibers that may have come lose during the installation, and open all doors and windows to ventilate your home from the initial "new carpet odor".