Preparation is Essential
Our team at All Floors Design Centre want you to be well-prepared on carpet installation day. Knowing what to expect before, during and after your installation will make the whole process easier on you and your family. We want you to have a good start & to truly enjoy your floor covering experience from day one and for many years to come.
Before Installation Day
We’ll start by removing all furniture and other objects from the areas to be carpeted. Ahead of your appointment, we’ll discuss any unusually large or bulky objects that may require special care and consideration. Before our crew arrives, we’ll also need you to empty the contents of any china cabinets, closets & drawers.
Decide what to do with your old floor covering.
We’ll also discuss with you if and how your old floor covering will be removed and disposed of. This can be a time-consuming and messy task.
Consider your trim options.
In many cases, moldings and baseboards need to be removed prior to carpet installation. Your installer may do this, but please note that painted baseboards, woodwork and paint may need retouching after the installation is complete.
Preparing your subflooring.
Your existing subfloor may need to be prepared to before the carpet is laid, or an entirely new subfloor may be required. This is a job best left to our professionals.
Prepare a door plan.
When carpeting is installed, there’s always the possibility that your doors, especially closet, basement and bedroom doors, may not clear the new carpet and swing free. We may need to remove doors in order to install the carpet, and will re-hang them if possible. However, if we run into pile height issues, we may need to shave or cut down doors to ensure clearance. For certain doors, we may defer to another qualified carpenter to provide this service after the installation of your new carpet.
Be clear about the cleanup.
Installing new carpet will produce waste. Usually, we’ll collect these materials & leave them at your trash collection site. Check with us before the day of installation, so you’re clear about the cleanup and if there will be added costs. Also be sure to ask about the plan for carpet remnants.
During Installation Day
Installation day requires your presence.
On the day of installation, be prepared to stay home. This way, you’ll be available in case the installation crew has questions. Your presence will ensure that the correct carpet is installed in the right areas. It can be difficult to estimate the length and circumstances of each job, but we’ll do our best to give you accurate arrival & departure estimates. We suggest that you remain flexible and keep in touch with us.
Keep your family safe.
Your installers will use a variety of tools and techniques that can make the work area hazardous. Please make sure that your children and pets are kept out of the work area on installation day.
Don’t forget the walk-through.
We recommend that, prior to the completion of the installation, you walk through the job with the chief installer. This will give you the opportunity to ask questions and be clear about any final details.
After Installation Day
Be ready to clear the air.
If you are sensitive to odors, good ventilation should be established. Some of the chemicals used in the construction of carpet, adhesives & seaming tapes can have an odor for as long as 48 to 72 hours after installation. Be prepared to provide the room with adequate ventilation by opening windows & running fans, if possible.
How to handle post-installation issues.
Shedding is a natural part of the installation of a new carpet. Frequent vacuuming for the first few days should remove any loose fibers from the carpet’s surface. Sprouting 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 so that they’re flush with the surface of the carpet. If wrinkles or ripples appear, we may need to re-stretch the carpet. Please contact us to arrange to have this done professionally.