Whether you are trying to save money when carpeting a small area or just want to create a unique pattern, carpet squares are an excellent solution. Nearly anyone can learn to install new carpet using these square sections. Follow the guidelines below to improve the décor in any room within your home.
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Step 1: Carpet squares can be installed directly on vinyl, concrete, laminate, hardwood, or any other dry, smooth, dust-free, and level solid surface. They can even be installed over carpet adhesive that is no higher than 1/32 inch.
Step 2: Cleaning the subfloor is an important pre-installation step. Remove existing flooring and vacuum the area with the shop vacuum. Use a sander to correct any uneven spots in the subfloor and drive in all nails and screws with a hammer or screwdriver. Fill and smooth any holes or cracks that are bigger than 1/8 inch with floor leveling compound or wood filler.
Step 3: Use the tape measure to find the center of the floor. Snap a chalk line in this area. Flip the floor panels over so the tacky backing faces up and allow at least 24 hours for panels to acclimate to a 60 to 90 degree temperature. You may notice a new carpet smell when the boxes of carpet squares are opened. Over time, this will dissipate.
Step 4: Begin placing the carpet squares in place, with the tacking backing facing upward, working outward from your center chalk line. The arrow located on the back of each square indicates the direction of the pile, so make sure that all arrows point in the same direction.
Step 5: When you have laid out the entire floor, flip the squares over and begin final installation, working across the first row. Hold each panel by its two flat sides and place one edge against the edge of another panel. Maintain a snug fit without pushing the panels together. If one panel is installed incorrectly, pull it up and correctly reinstall it.
Step 6: Use a credit card to brush up the yarn on the square before installing the next one. This keeps pile from becoming trapped between panels.
Step 7: Finish the row at the wall by flipping over the panel, placing it under the adjacent one so it extends to the wall edge, and creating a mark on the square with the chalk line at the proper width. Use scissors to cut the square and place the cut side against the wall.
Step 8: Use transitions around doorways and in locations where the carpet meets another floor surface. Reducers should be used between floorings with different thicknesses. For example, a T-molding transition is used between floorings featuring similar heights and a threshold is installed at a door opening. These result in a smooth transition between flooring surfaces, eliminate a tripping hazard, and create a finished look.