You want your new floor covering to look its very best in your home and empire. And you want to ensure the installation goes as smoothly as possible, with minimum inconvenience to you.
- When scheduling the installation date, try to arrange for a time when family members who have allergies, or are sensitive to chemicals, won’t be home. Many materials, including some associated with carpet removal and installation can have an adverse effect on indoor air quality. So make sure there is plenty of ventilation when your old flooring comes up and your new one goes down.
- If you have wall-to-wall carpeting, remove it to make way for the new carpet and pad you’ve purchased. Be sure to leave the tack strip down. Vacuum or sweep the subfloor to remove any remaining dust and dirt. Installers will remove the existing carpet and cushion for a modest charge.
- The installation will go more smoothly if you remove as much furniture as possible from rooms to be carpeted. In dining and family rooms, remove breakable items such as ashtrays, vases, lamps and dishes. Unplug electrical wiring for TVs, stereos and other electronic equipment. Installers are not responsible for disconnecting or reconnecting these items.
- Remove light furniture such as end tables, coffee tables and dining room chairs; installers will assist in moving items if you make prior arrangements with the store. In bedrooms, strip the beds and remove all items from the bottom of closets (if they are to be carpeted). The installers will dismantle the beds, if necessary.
- When your installation is completed, inspect the job with the installer. Be sure all scraps and waste are removed and the carpet is vacuumed clean. If you see a problem or situation you do not like, mention it to the installers. If they can’t fix it, call the store. The dealer should resolve any problem quickly and professionally.
There may be leftover pieces of carpet following installation. Some pieces may be rather large; this is because most carpet is sold in 12-foot widths. If your rooms are narrower or wider than 12 feet, or your halls or stairs are being carpeted, there could be a waste factor of 12 to 15 percent. If you want to keep some leftovers and use them as replacement or carpet doormats, inform the retailer. Vacuuming your carpet after it is installed will remove all loose fibers.
Once the installation period is complete, you’ll have the world at your feet, just like the ancient Roman Empire. Now you are ready to enjoy your plush, long-life and luxurious carpet!