1. Check for Carpet Recycling Options in Your Area
Before getting your new carpet installed, you need to properly remove your old carpet. Many people recommend taking used carpet to the landfill, but this is not good for the environment. CARE (Carpet America Recovery Effort) promotes proper disposal of post-consumer carpet. CARE’s website helps you find a carpet collector in your area.
2. Who Should I Hire to Install My Carpet?
Carpet installation might seem like a DIY project, but it’s best left to the professionals. Specifically professionals who follow CRI 104/105 Installation Standards. CRI 104/105 were created by professionals in the carpet industry and are the only installation standards recognized by the industry. CRI also recommends hiring a professional who has been certified by a credible third party.
3. Learn to Take Care of Your New Carpet
Carpet technology has made a number of advancements in recent years including stain and soil resistance, but that doesn’t mean they don’t need to be cleaned. Proper cleaning starts with vacuuming and many manufacturers recommend specific vacuums for their carpet. In the case they don’t, CRI’s Seal of Approval certifies vacuums for their ability to clean carpet.
4. Provide Proper Ventilation
After the installation is complete, you need to provide adequate ventilation. Open windows, doors and operate the fan of your HVAC system to get fresh air flowing. Ventilation removes the new carpet smell within 72 hours.
Download a PDF version of the Carpet Installation Checklist.
For more information on best installation practices, visit www.carpet-rug.org/install.