New carpets are possibly the borderline between redecorating and renovating a room. They are a major change, and are meant to be fairly permanent; yet they do not require any real structural change.
Before the New Carpet is installed.
- Find out if you have to move the furniture beforehand, or if the carpet installers are doing the moving. Even if the installers do perform this service you will probably have to empty clothes out of draws and wardrobes in order to make the furniture lighter.
- What is the situation with the old carpet? Will the installers dispose of it, and is there an extra fee for this. Perhaps the old carpet, or part of it, can be used for a spare room.
- Is the new carpet thicker than the old carpet? If so, there might be trouble with doors having sufficient clearance. It might be necessary to remove 1 few millimetres of the bottom of a door.
- Carpet rolls are large, but not continuous. Look at where seams might be, and discuss this with the installers. Some carpets hide seams almost perfectly. Other carpets need seams to be integrated into the overall house design. Seams in doorways look quite natural; seams in the middle of the room look like a mistake.
- See if the new carpet requires coasters to go under furniture legs.
- Vacuum the old carpet. Old carpets will tend to put dust and fibre into the air when moved. The more you can minimalize this the better.
- If you are doing any other decorations, such as painting, fitting ceiling lights, decorating railing or wallpapering, this should be done before the new carpet is being installed.
- Try to keep the room at a regular temperature. Materials can contract and expand with heat and cold. Issues are rare, but it is best if the carpet does not expand or contract after installation.
- When the room has had the carpet and underlay removed be sure the underlying floor is thoroughly vacuumed. This will be your only chance to clean this for many years to come.
- Inspect the carpet as it goes in. If there is a fault it is best to discover it now.
- If you haven’t already looked at stain proofing/scotch guarding, now is about the best time to do it.
- Ventilate the room for several days to be rid of the formaldehyde and ‘new carpet smell’. Leave windows open and let a fan run in the room. It helps to have indoor plants in the room to absorb the formaldehyde. Consider keeping the plants permanently in the room to help with indoor air quality.