Knowing what to expect
While we'll handle the heavy lifting, it helps to know what to expect when it comes to carpet installation. This helps the process go smoothly and quickly, and you'll be on your way to enjoying your new carpet in no time!
Steps to prepare for installation
We recommend removing all furniture and other objects from the workspace. Some installers will move your furniture, but there may be an additional charge. You might also consider hiring a team to help.
Pre-existing flooring should be removed at least a day before installation. If removing old carpet, leave tack strips in place (but do remove the staples). If you have old flooring, consider how it will be disposed of. This can be a time-consuming and messy task. Our flooring specialists will be happy to discuss removal options with you.
In many cases, moldings and baseboards need to be removed prior to carpet installation. Painted baseboards, woodwork, and paint may need retouching after the installation is complete. If necessary, this is your responsibility.
Before your carpeting can be installed, it's important to make sure your subfloor is up to par. Imperfections in your subfloor can negatively impact the look and feel of your carpet. Subfloors should be flattened and free of any staples or residue from pre-existing flooring. Contact us if you need more information on this important step!
When carpeting is installed, there’s always the possibility that your doors may not clear the new carpet. Speak with our floor installers about what you should do regarding your door plan.
Installing new carpet will produce waste. These materials are often collected by your installer and left at your trash collection site. Check with us before the day of installation. Also, be sure to ask about the plan for carpet remnants.
During the installation
On the day of the installation, be prepared to greet the installers and direct them to the work area. You should also plan on being available during the installation in case the team has any questions. Keep in mind that it is not always possible for installers to give you an exact arrival time based on the varying lengths and circumstances of each installation.
Once the installation begins, make sure children and pets are kept away from the work area. Our installers use a variety of tools and techniques that can make the work area hazardous.
When the installation is complete, you should do a thorough walk-through. This will allow you to see the final results and ask any additional questions. We want you to be 100 percent satisfied with your carpet!
After the installation
After the installation is complete, be sure to establish good ventilation—especially if you or a family member is sensitive to odors. Some chemicals, adhesives, or tapes can have an odor for up to 72 hours after the job is done.
Shedding is natural when it comes to new carpeting. Frequent vacuuming for the first few days should remove any loose fibers from the carpet’s surface. You may also notice some sprouting. This refers to small tufts or loops of carpet that become visible after the installation. Use a small pair of scissors to carefully trim the loose fibers. Finally, if wrinkles or ripples appear in the carpet, it may be necessary to re-stretch the carpet. Please contact us to have this done professionally.