Carpet Installation and Replacement: Complete Guide

Carpet Installation and Replacement: Complete Guide

Carpet Installation and Replacement: Complete Guide

Choosing a carpet can be a fun and exciting task. But carpet installation is can be difficult and not always easy. That is why it is better to choose an experienced person or a company. 

Carpets are not cheap, so you need to hire a professional if you are unsure how to install them properly. Professional carpet installers are good at how to properly install the different construction of carpets.

A skilled and experienced service provider will take a number of steps to complete the task. However, choosing the right carpet for your purpose is entirely in your hand. Refer to our previous blog about selecting the best rug for your home. But, a customer-friendly service provider, like the staff at Faber Rug Co. will help you with the process. If you need to do this yourself, this guide will ultimately help you do things alone.

Here are the next steps.

Remove existing one before a new carpet installation.

Carpet removing is also a step-by-step process. This should be done very carefully to ensure that the floor for the new carpet is smooth and not damaged.

If you do not entrust the job to an experienced person or team, you will need to inspect the floors and fix any problems before installing a new carpet or floor.

Steps for removing the old carpet

Clear the space and put on your safety gear.

  1. Begin by emptying all furniture from the room, then pull any door that opens into the room, including double-folding.
  2. Wear protective gloves and a pair of knee pads to protect yourself during this work.
  3. If you are sensitive to dust particles, wear a face mask that will help when you pull the carpet up.

 Separate the carpet from the tack

  1. The carpet is placed by tack strips along the perimeter of the room. To hold it in place:
  2.  Choose a corner, grasp the carpet with a couple of pliers, and drag. If the carpet comes up smoothly, grab it by your hand and pull it up.
  3. If it does not come off smoothly, use a utility knife to cut a 6-inch square in the corner.
  4. Remove the piece, then pull the carpet by hand.

Cut the carpet into strips.

  1. Use a utility knife to pull the carpet about 3 feet back and cut it along the fold. (Cut from the back of the carpet to provide an easier-to-work surface than the front.)
  2. Roll out the cut pieces and use duct tape to protect the rolls.
  3. Continue removing the carpet this way. If you come across a metal transition that separates the carpet from another floor or carpet, trim the rug and leave the transition alone.

Remove the carpet pads.

  1. If there is a carpet pad to remove, use the exact steps to remove the carpet. The padding usually comes in small pieces, so it will be easier to handle, and it is a lighter material so that you may roll some parts together at once.
  2. If the floor is made of concrete, the pad may stick to the bottom, and large pieces may stick to the concrete. Use a sharp blade scraper to remove the blocks. Staples lay down the pads if the floor is particleboard, plywood or hard wood.
  3. Use a scraper on the floor to scrape them all off.
  4. And if the floor becomes hardwood and you want to protect it, a painter’s 5-in-1 tool, including Vice Grip Pliers and small, flat-, various tools, will help you extract the primary material without destroying the wood. Blade screwdriver, among others.

If necessary, remove the tack bars.

  1. After removing all the carpet, inspect the tack strips around the room. You can reuse the old tack strip if it is in good condition and the carpet is the same thickness as your previous carpet. If the new carpet is thinner then the tack strip needs to be moved closer to the wall. If its thicker then it should be placed further away from the wall. This will allow you to tuck the new carpet tightly against the wall between the tack strip and baseboard/wall.
  2. If you find some parts that are rusty or otherwise damaged, slip a crowbar under the tack strip and pop it up; Carpet installers can install new ones.
  3. If you plan to replace old carpets with other types of flooring such as wood, tile or laminate, you will need to remove all tack strips from the room.

Laying new pads underneath before the new carpet installation

Carpet installation is a way to enhance the atmosphere of a room. At the same time, they offer comfort undoubtedly. However, laying a pad may improve comfort.

Next, the old carpet cushion will be removed and replaced with the new carpet padding, making a big difference in the feeling and functionality of your new carpet. There are various types of pad. Rubber is the softest and a little bouncy, Bonded is another type contractors use in new home but it loses its density quickly and can leave you feeling the carpet not being as soft as it originally felt. The best choice Faber Rug recommends is Nova pad which is dense and will last a long time. Its firm and will enhance the feel of your carpet and the life expectancy.

To properly install here are a few steps to follow.

Measuring for underlying carpet installation

It is best to use a good quality, domestic metal tape to do this job well. Measure the lengths and breadths and calculate the area. Then cut the piece of the underlying pad to fit the surface perfectly. The pad should fit exactly from one tack strip to the next. Pad usually comes in 6′ widths. You will lay a series of breaths to cover the floor and use a utility knife to cut the pad close tot he tack strip not leaving any gaps. If its being installed on a wood floor then staples can be used to secure it to the floor. If the floor is concrete then it may be glued down.

Floor preparation for the new Carpet installation

Before you begin, you should do a series of checks on the area where you will lay the carpet floor. First, make sure the surface is clean. If there is excess dust, you can use a vacuum cleaner and be sure to remove nails or small objects that have stuck to the surface. 

If you can, temporarily extract the doors from their frames, this will speed up your work, but do not force it if circumstances do not allow you to do so. Often when replacing your carpet with a new one doors may need to be shaved on the bottom in order for them to close properly. Take this into consideration when picking your new carpet. You may need a contractor to trim your doors if you or the installers dont perform this task.

Install tackless strips

The tackle bar creates a carpeted frame. When placing the strip, make sure the pins face the wall. Position and nail it to the floor depending on the thickness of the carpet. For concrete floors, use glue.

Laying Carpet underlay(padding)

It seems simple, but be sure not to rush things. Laying your carpet and floor in the wrong way will create a crooked carpet. First, observe the direction of the floorboards and adjust the angles below as you place them.

New Carpet Installation

The carpet pieces should be larger than the relevant room in a small amount, covering up to six inches. This cover cutting can be tricky, and it is imperative to cut it correctly when replacing the carpet. Experienced installers accomplish it precisely the first time, and the new carpet will prevent wastage or damage. This should be planned when you are measuring for carpet installation.

Measuring for the new Carpet Installation

Make a drawing

Grab a Pencil and a paper. Then sketch the area where you are going to lay the carpet. No need for a perfect diagram, but you will need accurate measurements.


Now measure all the lengths and width tape and write down your dimensions on your diagram. 


Calculate the area (length*width) and buy the necessary size of carpet. Some store sell it by the square foot or square yard.

Note:- Remember to keep additional lengths for the seams (six inches)unless you need to match a pattern then you may need more carpet.

Laying the new carpet

Lay the new carpet on the padding. It’s really simple. But, the hardest part is coming up.

Seaming carpet for a best installation

Most rooms require more than one piece of carpet to cover the room. The popular way to do this is to cut the carpet from wall to wall to ensure that the pattern fits correctly. The carpet is cut with great precision, so the pattern is straight on the wall.

Seaming tape is used to join two piece of carpet together in a room that is larger than the width of the carpet chosen. You use a carpet iron to heat the tape that has glue on it and it connects the two piece of carpet together on the backing. Some carpets need to be sealed on the edge first before the seam can be made as not to unravel.

Stretching and Tucking

To finish the installation, first, stretch the carpet using a “knee kicker” and then spread the carpet along each wall to attach to the tack strip and tuck the carpet between the baseboard and the tack strip. Trim the carpet close but leave enough to tuck in with a chisel.

New carpets and rug padding, or carpet cushions, feel luxurious and satisfying. It is a gift for your feet and can express your family’s personality and lifestyle. Luxury designs can give you performance and value whatever carpet you want. So, it is better to go to a new carpet installation when your rugs are old and don’t look or perform like they used to.

Now enjoy your new carpet and relax, installation is hard work.

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