How to Install Carpet

Installing wall to wall carpet in your home may not be an easy task but with patience and attention to instructions, it can be done successfully. You’re right, it can put a strain on your back and knees so those in their golden age should forget about doing this. However for the younger ones, installing carpet can be a do-it-yourself job.

First up, you’ll have to ready your materials and tools. Most of the tools which you may not have at home can just be rented. The materials you will need include stapler, hammer, utility knife, chalk line, measuring tape, rolling pin, work gloves, knee pads and safety glasses. The tools include a power stretcher, seaming iron, seam cutter, seam tape, wall trimmer, strip cutter and seam roller.

Removing old carpet

If you have old carpet, of course, you need to take it off. First, remove the moldings around the floor and take off the door so you can move freely when getting the old carpet out. Vacuum the old one before cutting it into strips using a utility knife. 

On one end, pull the old carpet off the tackless strips and roll it up. Remove all the tackless strips and existing underlay and ensure that the floor is clean and dry. By this time, you can check the condition of your floor as well and secure those that have loosen through time. 

Next is to install the new tackless strips around the room leaving about one-half inch space between the strips and the wall. Avoid installing the tackless strips in the front part of the doorways. Keep in mind that the tacks should be facing towards the wall. 

Laying new carpet

Before buying your carpet, be sure to measure the width and length of the room. Add a few inches to the measurements so you’ll have some extra for thresholds and the doorways. If you have the right measurements, the store can even cut the carpet for you.

Prior to installing the new carpet, put the underpad or carpet cushion in strips first. Avoid overlapping them. Staple the underlay down in the inside edge of the tackless strip every two feet or so and trim the excess parts. To seal the seams, you may use a duct tape. 

When installing the new carpet, roll it out and position it in the room. To attach the carpet along the edges, use a knee kicker. This tool is made of solid metal that has teeth that will grip the carpet on one end and a padded part on the other end. Use this by placing the toothed end of the kicker approximately three inches from the wall and push the padded part with your knee so that the carpet stretches over the tackless strip. The tacks then will hold the carpet securely.

The carpet stretcher will complete attaching the carpet. This tool is just like a knee kicker but longer and works the same way. Instead of the padded part, though, the stretcher has an activation lever that will cause the carpet to stretch over the tackless strip. 

Of course, you will have to trim the extra carpet near the wall using a utility knife or a wall trimmer. After that, tuck the carpet into the space between the wall and the tackless strips. Put a door edge strip and you can then install the molding back on the baseboards. 

Finally, keep your carpet clean by vacuuming it at least twice weekly and by calling a professional cleaner to do hot water extraction at least once in every two years. Maintaining its good condition will make it last longer. 

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