Preparing the Floor for Carpet

Wooden floors

These should be thoroughly inspected for any protrusions, such as old nailheads which should be removed or punched flat. All old tacks should be taken out. Loose floorboards should be nailed down and any high ridges, such as occur on warped boards, should be planed down. Wide cracks should be filled with strips of wood or newspaper.

If the floor is so badly warped that it cannot be repaired easily, cover with a sub-floor of hardboard or plywood before laying the underfelt and carpet.

Concrete floors

These are common in modern housing and the same applies to stone floors, found in older dwellings. If the surface is badly cracked or ridged, to reduce the wear on the carpet the floor must be screeded with a self-levelling flooring compound. If the floor is dusty or powdery, the same screed-ing compounds can be used by floating a thick layer over the floor, to prevent the dust from working into the underlay and the carpet.

Thermoplastic tiles

These are very commonplace in newly-built houses and before laying a carpet on this type of flooring, make sure that the room is well ventilated and free of condensation.

Carpet laying

Acquiring a carpet is an investment and a costly process. The cost of having a fitted carpet laid professionally is small compared with its value. If, however, you are contemplating laying a cheaper carpet such as a tufted quality in a low-traffic area, or a sisal carpeting, you can tackle the job yourself. But remember that a badly laid carpet will be difficult to clean, unsafe to walk on and will wear badly.

Tools required

A hammer, a large pair of scissors, a linoleum or handyman’s knife, a lm rule, chalk and a chalk line, latex adhesive and carpet tape. You also need a carpet stretcher or ‘knee-kicker’. These can be purchased, or hired.

Measuring and estimating Measure the room in which the carpet is to be laid in the direction in which the carpet will lay. For rooms which are rectangular, measure lengthwise. Include the full width of the door frames, so that new carpeting extends slightly into the adjoining room. Broadloom is the easiest carpet for the non-professional to lay, especially in rectangular or square rooms with no alcoves. It can be bought in several standard widths: 4.57m, 4.11m, 3.91m, l.60m, 2.20m and l.83m.

Body carpeting, such as Wilton, is more economic, particularly in the odd-shaped room, but requires seaming together, takes more time to lay, and should be done professionally. It normally comes in 685mm and 910mm widths.

When ordering patterned carpet it is as well to allow l.52m to l.83m extra for matching the design when laying the carpet.

10. November 2011 by admin
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