Everything you need to know about having a new carpet fitted

Admit it, there’s nothing better than sinking your toes into a bouncy, soft carpet, especially when it’s just been fitted!

The right carpet can do wonders to a room – they are after all a large and (sometimes) expensive part of the home – which is why it’s important not to get it wrong. 

When fitting a carpet, there is so much to consider: from size and budget, to colour and texture – sometimes it can feel like a minefield… but it doesn’t have to be!

Here are eleven things to consider for a stress-free carpet fitting…

  1. Measure the room

It sounds silly, but this is easy to get wrong. Always measure the room at the widest points, then multiply the two measurements for an idea of the total square metres required – from this you should be able to work out a more accurate price for your carpet. At Carter Thorne Carpets and Flooring we charge per square metre for take up and disposal.

  1. Make the right choice

Do you want a hard wearing carpet? Or a soft and fluffy one? Think of the use, think of how much it will be used – high traffic areas like the stairs for example may need something a little more hard wearing – something worth considering! 

  1. Make a plan for disposing of your old carpet

It’s best to decide how you’ll dispose of the old carpet beforehand, as this may cost money. Some retailers and carpet fitters may do this for you on the delivery of your new carpet, but make sure you look into their recycling policy. Our policy is, if you remove your own carpet then you will need to dispose of it, or you can get us to remove it and we will dispose of it too.

  1. Clear the room

Remove all furniture from the room because you’ll need access to the entire floor. Then, vacuum the old carpet to get rid of any excess dust before you pull it up.

  1. Decorate skirting first

If you are planning to paint your skirting boards, and want to do this before the new carpet is fitted, but plan to let us remove it – then you can always cut away a couple of inches to make painting easier and avoid using trickly masking tape!

  1. Remove your old carpet

If you are doing this yourself then start in one corner, pulling up the carpet with pliers. Use a utility or carpet knife to slice the carpet into manageable strips and roll it up as you go along. 

  1. Remove the underlay

Don’t cut corners and try to save money by keeping your old underlay. It’s unlikely it will have much life left in it and a good underlay will prolong the life of your carpet. 

  1. Air the room

Ventilation is key. With excess dust and fibres around, open the windows for as long as you can during the process.

  1. Take advantage of the bare floor

If your floor is damaged or uneven, now’s your time to repair it. It’s also worth vacuuming the floor at this stage, to remove any debris left behind from the old carpet.

  1. Fitting your new carpet

For the best result, it’s recommended that you get your new carpet fitted professionally… and that’s where we come in! 

  1. Vacuum your new carpet

After we do it for you, you shouldn’t be afraid to vacuum your carpet as soon as it’s been laid. It won’t harm it, and removes any short fibres that might otherwise stick to your feet or socks and get walked through the house. Do it at regular intervals as more fibres rise to the surface.

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