Carpet laying is a difficult job to do well. It is something we would most certainly recommend is left to the professionals. Carpets are expensive, and a mistake can cost a lot of money and leave a room looking very untidy.
Carpet laying is deceiving. On the face of it, it seems no more complicated than rolling out the carpet and tacking it down. But there is a good reason why professional carpet installers exist.
Steam ‘n’ Dry Carpet Repairs Auckland has branches in South Auckland, North Shore, East-West Auckland, Hibiscus Coast since 1987.
1. You Can’t Just Use Regular Shop Tools. You’ll Need to Rent Special Carpet Laying Tools.
Some tools will be regular “shop” tools: tape, hammer, tin-snips, scissors, snap-line, utility knife, and a stapler. The other carpet-specific tools should be rented or borrowed, such as steam iron, power stretcher, and knee kicker. It is far too expensive to purchase these tools and use them only one time.
2. It Is Impossible To Do Carpet Laying Without a Carpet Stretcher
You can try these carpet laying tips, but the results will look terrible. Wrinkles and lumps will quickly form. If you are not prepared to take on a carpet stretcher, you may want to think about hiring carpet installers. Stretching is 90% of the job, and competent carpet installers know how to do this.
3. Consider Carpet Pile Direction When Seaming
If your carpet has a pattern, you cannot seam two pieces in any combination. But even for non-patterned carpeting, you can detect the direction of the pile of the carpet by looking at it from different directions in intense light. Keep carpet pile consistent from piece to piece.
Avoid Placing Carpet Tack Strips All the Way Against the Wall.
You will need the extra space to squeeze the carpet through. Estimate the gap this way: you want the thickness of the carpeting, but just a hairless. If it’s the exact thickness of the carpet, the carpet may pull out. The carpet snugs in there nice and tight. It happens when you’re making the gap a bit narrower than the width of the carpet.
5. For Patterned Carpet, Buy 5% Extra
You will experience more waste materials with patterned carpet than with non-patterned carpet. You need to cut away more waste material to make two pieces of patterned carpet mate together. The larger the pattern, too, the more waste you will have.
6. Do Not Add Padding on the Tackless Strips
Okay, this is not so much a “tip” as it is a hard-and-fast rule. You do not lay the padding over the tackless strips. Keep the filling within the perimeter formed by the strips. Padding should touch the edge of the tackless strips, but not overlap it. If the padding overlaps, then you will have a nice, fat lump around the edge of your carpet—not very attractive.
Note that you can also lay your carpet without fixing it to the floor. However, like with double-sided tape, this method is not suitable for big rooms.
Since 1987 Steam ‘n’ Dry Carpet Repairs Auckland offers professional repair carpet experts, laying, flood fix, stain removal, carpet cleaning, drying repairers in North Shore, South, East & West Auckland.