Carpet Maintenance: Tips for Installing a New Carpet

How to Install Your Own Carpet:

Installing your own carpet when you move instead of hiring a paid professional is often cost-efficient. If you are a do-it-yourself-er and want to save some money in the process, here are some tips on how to install or re-install your own carpet:

Some tools that you will need to install your own carpet are a tape measure, a carpet cutter, tackles carpet strips, metal door edging, hammer, masonry nails, foam padding, heavy duty staples & staple gun, knee kicker, knee pads, and a putty knife.

First, you will want to measure the dimensions of the room you plan to carpet. Then, lay down the carpet in a bigger area such as your backyard to cut the carpet to the proper dimensions. It is important to use the proper carpet cutting tool to avoid any injuries or mistakes.

Second, start nailing the fastening strips beginning with the corners of the room. We recommend nailing the strips along the edge of the floor approximately ¼ inch from the wall. Do this with the teeth facing towards the wall. When it comes to the door edgings, nail them across the doorway with the teeth facing outside of the room and the open side facing the inside of the room.

Third, roll out the carpet padding with the “waffle” side facing upwards. Use a staple gun with heavy duty staples to attach the padding in place. Staple about every six inches for best results. After you get all it in place, cut the padding where it meets the inner edge of the fastening.

Fourth, roll out the carpeting and adjust it as necessary. Once it is in its proper position, assuring that the carpet overlaps the fastening strips, slit the carpet at the corners. It is important that you do not cut past the overlap.

Fifth, put on knee pads and begin to attach the carpet to the fastening strips using the knee kicker. Begin this process in one of the corners and put the head of the kicker on the carpet about an inch from the wall. Aim the kicker at an angle to the wall. Kneel on the floor in the chosen corner and hold the handle with your right hand and use your left to hold yourself upright. Use as much of your weight as possible on your right arm and push your left knee into the kicker to push and stretch the carpet into place. Be sure to hook the carpeting into the fastening strips around the room and its entirety.

Sixth, push down any loose threads with a putty knife to give your room a complete, professional look!

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