Consider your options regarding the trim.
You should know that, in many cases, moldings and baseboards need to be removed
for carpet installation. Your installer may do this but at an additional charge
and they will probably not be responsible for damage or beakage due to dry or brittle
Painted baseboards, woodwork and paint may need retouching after the installation
is complete. If necessary, this is your responsibility.
Seek advice on your subflooring.
Your existing subfloor may need to be prepared to receive the carpet, or a new subfloor
may be required. This is a job best left to the professionals and, again, we can
help you with these decisions.
Be prepared with a door plan.
When carpeting is installed, there’s always the possibility that the doors,
especially closet doors, basement and bedroom doors, may not clear the new carpet
and swing free. Another thing to keep in mind is how the color of carpet affects
the apparent size of the room. Lighter colored carpet will visually expand the size
of the room. Darker carpeting will seem to bring the walls closer together, and
create a more intimate feeling.
Some installers will remove doors in order to install the carpet and re-hang them
if possible. They probably won’t shave or cut down doors to insure clearance.
You may need to arrange for a qualified carpenter to provide this service after
the installation of your new carpet.
Be clear about the clean-up.
Installing new carpet will produce waste.
Usually these materials are collected by your installer and left at your trash collection
site. Check with your retailer before the day of installation so you’re clear
about the clean up, if there are added costs to do so, and ask about the plan for
What to know and do during installation day
Installation day requires your presence.
Be prepared to be at home the day of installation and be available in case the installation
crew has questions. Your presence will insure that the correct carpet is installed
in the right areas. Because it is difficult to estimate the length and circumstances
of each job, some installers may not be able to give you an exact time of arrival.
We suggest you be flexible and keep in touch with your retailer/installer.
Keep your family safe.
Your installers will use a variety of tools and techniques that can make the work
area hazardous. Please make sure that your children and pets are kept out of the
work area on installation day.
Don’t forget the walk-thru.
We recommend that, prior to the completion of the installation, you walk thru the
job with the chief installer. This will give you the opportunity to ask questions
and be clear on any final details.
What to know and do after installation day
Be ready to clear the air.
If you are sensitive to odors, good ventilation should be established. Some of the
chemicals used in the construction of carpet, as well as the adhesives or hot melt
seaming tapes, can have an odor for as long as 48 to 72 hours after installation.
So be prepared to provide the room with adequate ventilation.
Fixing post-installation problems.
Shedding is a natural part of a new carpet. Frequent vacuuming for the first few
days should remove any loose fibers from the carpet’s surface.
Sprouting refers to small tufts or loops of carpet that become visible after the
installation. Use a small pair of scissors to carefully trim the loose fibers flush
with the surface of the carpet.
Finally, if wrinkles or ripples appear in the carpet, it may be necessary to re-stretch
the carpet. Please contact us to have this done professionally.
Preparation is the key.
We want you to be as knowledgeable and well prepared as possible for the installation
of your new carpet. It will make that day easier on you and your home and provide
you with an enjoyable floor covering experience for years to come.