Carpet options buying guide

The basics of buying a wall-to-wall carpet.
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  • Updated:1 Jul 2008

06.Installation tips

  • Feltex arcade carpetWhen arranging your carpet installation, it’s important to ask for a fully-itemised quote. Most quotes from retailers will include underlay and installation, but not all will include moving the furniture. 
  • Get your carpet laid by the company that you bought it from, as this will usually be cheaper and it keeps things simpler.
  • Ask your retailer for an installation plan and check for the placement of cross-joins and seams in the carpet. If possible they should be placed away from windows where falling light could show them up, and they also shouldn’t be in high-traffic walkways such as corridors and doors.
  • To prepare the room for a new carpet, vacuum the old one to minimise the spread of airborne dust particles when it’s taken up, and once the old carpet and underlay are removed, vacuum the floor.
  • Inspect the carpet as it’s unrolled and ensure the installers stretch it properly to minimise wrinkles and ripples. It’s normal for carpet to shed in the first few weeks or months of use and you may see small fibres collect on its surface. As the carpet beds down this should stop.
  • Vacuum the new carpet to get rid of any loose fibres.
  • It can be worth buying extra carpet and/or keeping offcuts in case you need to replace worn carpet in high-traffic areas, such as stairs, in the future.

New carpets and air pollutants

  • CarpetFor the first few days after installation, all new carpets omit volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which are air pollutants associated with their manufacture.
  • These omissions are generally at a very low level and scientific evidence indicates they are probably not harmful to most.
  • After the installation open the windows and doors or use fans and air conditioners for several days. This will also get rid of the new-carpet smell.

Images: Courtesy of Feltex Carpets


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