In this age of do-it-yourself home improvement projects, installing carpet requires a specialized skill. Our manufacturers recommend that you rely on the expertise of a professional installation team to ensure your satisfaction with the product for years to come. However, there are a few things you can do to prepare for the arrival of your new carpet.
Preparing for the installation
To ensure things go smoothly on installation day, here is a list of things to do beforehand:
- Remove all furniture
- Remove all breakable items, like vases, lamps, collectibles, and heirlooms
- Detach and store wiring from TVs, VCR/DVD Players, stereos, and computers
- Clear closet floors
- Before the installers arrive, vacuum the old carpet to minimize the airborne dust and particles.
- Your new floor coverings need to be installed over a structurally sound subfloor. Any damage that has been done by insects, water, or other problems should be repaired prior to carpet installation.
After the installation
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 in any way. Shedding is when loose fibers become undone from carpets made with staple yarn. This is normal and subsides within a short time with vacuuming. Sprouting is when a single tuft extends beyond the carpet surface, usually along walls or at seams. Simply clip it off; do not pull.