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Take Care Carpets Yourself

Take Care Carpets Yourself

Laying carpet is a job that is often left to professional carpet layers, but there is no reason why you cannot do it as long as you follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Carpet materials vary and, consequently, so do laying techniques.

Laying Burlap-Backed Carpet
Burlap-backed carpet is among the best in terms of quality. The strong burlap backing always provides excellent durability. The type of pile, fiber, and weave can vary from one kind of burlap-backed carpet to another, but laying techniques remain more or less constant.

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Securing Curved Edges & Using tacking strips
Tacking strips are straight and rigid, so saw them into 2-in (5-cm) sections to round a curved area such as a bay window. Attach them to the floor close to the baseboard in the usual way.

Learning The Basics

• Using padding Always use good-quality padding below burlap-backed carpet. Felt or rubber varieties are suitable and provide extra comfort as well as increasing the life of the carpet. Do not lay padding over the tacking strips.
• Cutting roughly Roll out a carpet, and cut it roughly to size. Allow an additional 6 in (15 cm) around the perimeter for final trimming.
• Joining carpet not all rooms are regularly shaped, and you may need to join carpet rolls before laying them. Obtain professional help with this. Most suppliers will join lengths so that seams are invisible.
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Tacking Carpet
When laying carpet in position, a less expensive alternative to using tacking strips is to nail down carpet edges with tacks. Fold the edges of the carpet over, then nail through the folds.

Laying Foam-Backed Carpet
• Foam-backed carpet is usually less expensive and easier to lay than burlap-backed carpet.
• Preparing Padding is not usually required, but cover the floor with newspaper before laying the carpet to reduce dust and abrasion between carpet backing and floor.
• Laying Foam-backed carpet is relatively lightweight, so attach it to the floor with double-sided carpet tape.
• Joining Use single-sided tape to join lengths of carpet from below, ensiling that the pile goes in the same direction.

Trimming Carpet: Using A Craft Knife
Trim burlap-backed carpet tightly up to the baseboard using a craft knife. Keep the cut straight, although imperfections will be hidden when you stretch the carpet over the tacking strips.

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Laying Carpet
Using a chisel: Having stretched and smoothed out the carpet to the tacking strips with a knee kicker, use a chisel to push the carpet firmly over and behind the tacking strips at the baseboard-floor junction.

Laying Natural-fiber Flooring
Natural-fiber flooring such as sisal is both variations in the pattern, texture, and comfort decorative and hardwearing. The types of that they offer. Laying techniques differ only fiber used vary, but this causes only subtle slightly from the methods used to lay carpet.

Caring for Flooring
• Acclimatizing Allow a natural floor covering to acclimatize in the room in which it is to be laid for at least 24 hours before laying. It will need to adjust to the room’s humidity.
• Prolonging life Check first in the manufacturer’s guidelines, but a natural floor covering such as rush can usually benefit from occasional light watering. A household plant sprayer is ideal for this purpose.
• Using padding Attach padding beneath natural-fiber flooring using commercial adhesive. This will have the effect of smoothing an uneven subfloor as well as providing extra comfort underfoot. Use padding only with natural floor coverings that do not already have a latex backing.

Using Decorative Rugs
Rugs, in a wide variety of designs, are traditional floor- decorating accessories. They can be used to complement other floor coverings or to enhance a plain floor by adding a splash of color. Small decorative rugs are particularly useful for both adding color and providing extra1 comfort when they are laid upon natural-fiber floor coverings.
Choosing rugs The choice includes bold ethnic rugs such as kilims and durries – usually cotton or wool; modern, synthetic, mass-produced rugs and sophisticated traditional weaves, often from Central Asia or China, You can decide to buy an inexpensive rug, or look upon a high-quality rug as an investment and pay much more.
Creating a splash of color Rugs that incorporate many different colors in their design are often easy to fit into a color scheme. Splashes of color that blend or contrast with a room’s color scheme botli enhance the decorative appeal of the rug itself and provide a decorative focal point within the room.

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Laying Flooring on Stairs
Laying flooring on stairs presents the problem of working vertically as well as horizontally. More trimming is necessary as a result, so there is more waste. You will also need to allow more time for laying flooring on stairs.
• Using natural-fiber flooring If you want to cover stairs with materials such as seagrass or jute, follow manufacturers’ guidelines carefully. The rigidity and therefore the ability of these materials to fit stair profiles varies, making the use of different laying methods necessary.
• Laying burlap-backed carpet Attach an appropriate length of lacking strip to the bottom of each riser and at the back of each tread to make sure that the carpct is secured as firmly as possible on each stair.
• Laying foam-backed carpet Staple along the back of each tread in order to attach foam- backed carpet to stairs. This will prevent it from slipping.
• Starting at the top When laying stair carpet, place the first length firmly on the landing before continuing downstairs.
• Placing stair rods Fit a stair rod at the tread-riser junction to reduce the possibility of the carpet slipping. The rods can be painted to match the color of the carpet before you fit them to make them less conspicuous.
• Reversing carpet Before a stair carpet begins to wear in places — and if the dimensions of the treads and risers are the same – take up the carpct and reverse it top to bottom to extend its life. The treads will become risers and vice versa.

Finishing at the bottom
Trim the end of a length of stair carpet so that it folds under the lip of the bottom tread. Cut a jagged edge, allowing the carpet to mold around the curved edge. Secure with tacks or a staple gun. Fit a final piece of carpet over the jagged edge.

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