Carpet Tile Installation

There are many benefits to buying carpet tile for your floor. One of the primary reasons is that carpet tile is easy to install and can be accomplished by most Do-It-Yourself (DIY) homeowners or business owners. There are just a few things to keep in mind. Following these guidelines will insure that your installation is successful.

Start by cleaning the floor where you will lay the carpet tile ensuring that it is free of any obstruction that would prevent the tiles from laying flat.

We offer “releasable” adhesives that you can apply to the floor or spot apply in four corners (each spot should be about the size of a .50 piece and placed on each corner of the back of your tile). After you have applied the adhesive, wait about 20 minutes and the spots will remain permanently tacky and will hold your carpet tile securely to the floor. While the carpet tile is secure on the floor, you will still be able to manually remove the tile if you so desire . If you were designing an area rug of tiles you could use this technique on just the outside perimeter of tiles to keep the tiles from sliding apart. The tiles inside the perimeter tiles would be held in place without the use of adhesive.

Another method of securing the carpet tile to the floor is double face tape. When using this method, usually every third or fourth row of tiles are held in place by the double face tape. This is referred to as a grid glue technique because you are just securing a grid or a few of the tiles, which keep the adjacent tiles, locked in place or in the grid. Double face tape can be somewhat troublesome to eventually remove from your sub floors as it can over time become quite aggressive on the side that is against your floor. If you choose to use this technique you may require a solution to dissolve the residual adhesive from the sub floor. Products like this are usually available from hardware stores and can be found in many supermarkets.

In an empty room, the best way to install your carpet tile is to make a string chalk line cross in the center of the room. The chalk line will break the area you are carpeting into four quadrants and you can follow the chalk line with your first row of tiles in each quadrant. Using this technique makes it easier to line up the seams or joints of the tile as you move outward towards any walls. It also is the best way to install any quarter turned (parquet style) carpet tiles that are installed to give a “basket weave” effect.

If you decide to go the easy way and start on one wall moving across the room remember no wall is perfectly straight and as you move further across the room the tile seams/joints will not line up. This can be all right and acceptable if the tile you have chosen is almost seamless or monolithic in visual appearance.

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