The carpet is a floor covering that combines luxurious appearance, warmth, sound insulation and comfort. But she requires regular and neat maintenance. For new carpets, only use a manual or mechanical broom. Wait a good month to vacuum as his strands have tightened well under your feet. And for the first time, do not give the maximum suction power. It is preferable at the beginning, to pass more often the vacuum cleaner with low power only once at maximum power. Then, if deep cleaning is needed, use only a carpet shampoo and ban any other product that will inevitably make you rings.
- Painter's knife
- Carpet glue
- Notched spatula
- Curved ruler
- Hammering hammer
- Preparation of the laying of the carpet
- Laying carpet in strips
Preparation of the laying of the carpet
1. The glued laying of the carpet is certainly the simplest method to achieve. Of course, it is necessary to buy for this a fitted backed carpet (usually foam sole); uncoated backed woven rugs can not be glued. It is essential to have a flat and very clean floor which will be carefully prepared (scraped, washed and vigorously dusted). Greasy soil will not allow the glue to adhere and the carpet may peel off and wrinkle.
2. Then spread the carpet in the room, in one piece or in several strips; put it in position. Never cut a carpet before making sure it covers the entire floor of the room, as an error can not be repaired. Take precautions, especially in rooms with walls that are not straight. Then cut the carpet to the dimensions of the room by providing on all sides about ten centimeters for the levelings. The easiest way to cut carpet is to use all-purpose scissors to work quickly, or a carpet knife.
3. Then glue with a notched spatula. It is necessary to choose an adhesive adapted to the type of carpet (it is generally indicated by the manufacturer). Acrylic or vinyl resins, or latex adhesives, are most often used. Double-sided neoprene contact adhesives are also used in a number of cases, as are "peelable" adhesives that allow easy peeling. It is better for an amateur to use a long time open glue (time available for gluing, not too fast drying) that allows adjustments to the position.
4. Great care should be taken to the levelings because nothing is more unsightly than a carpet badly adjusted against the wall (the application of baseboards makes it possible to remedy this disadvantage). First, carefully mark the line of the cut with the round tip of the scissors (by engaging the carpet well in the corner). Then follow this line with the cutter. Cut frankly to get a very straight cut.
5. There are special tools for leveling carpets. The razors come in different forms and allow to get a perfect junction with the wall. With the cutter, it is indeed possible to realize after the fact that we cut a little short. It is always advisable to hold the cutter at an angle that will then allow the carpet to reach the wall.
Laying carpet in strips
1. If the carpet is in strips, it is necessary to locate the direction of the fibers, in order to lay all the strips in the same direction. For this, use a hammer, which you lay flat on the carpet. Raise the handle slightly and let go: the hammer turns and falls in the direction of weaving.
2. Always flip upside down before positioning to avoid making mistakes. The difficulty is to make a good joint, straight and without day between the two strips. To do this, glue and put in place the two strips by reserving on each a band about twenty centimeters, so that they overlap 5 to 10 cm at the location of the joint.
3. Using a sharp edge and a metal ruler, cut the two pieces together in one pass of the cutting tool. The two pieces of carpet will thus be edge to edge. Paste the not covered floor strip with a notched spatula.
4. Place the two pieces of carpet so that they coincide perfectly. Adhere the edge of one of the strips, then that of the other. Force slightly: all the sole of the carpet sticks well to the ground, it does not rise.
5. The joint must be carefully stuck with a hammer with very wide breakdown, edge to edge over the entire length to obtain good adhesion. It is usually at the joints that a carpet comes off and deteriorates. It can also be rubbed with a spatula transparent plastic (knife marbling) or a rubber roller that allows a quick job over a large area. For cornering and nooking, use an angle wheel (also made of rubber) if possible.
6. To achieve the outward and inward angles, apply the carpet as best as possible in the corner and, using a pair of scissors, make a first cut along the corner. Then flatten the blade and level with a cutter or an artificer. For special cuttings, it will be most often interesting to make a precise template made of strong cardboard that will be returned to the carpet.
7. Finish laying the carpet, if necessary, by placing skirting boards that will hide the cutting defects. It is also possible to go up the carpet in skirting on the lower part of the walls. Do not dispose of carpet scraps that may be used for future repairs.
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