Floorigami and EZ Lay Carpet PLUS both feature a easy DIY flooring installation that gives the look and feel of traditional carpet. Follow the instructions to see how EZ it can be!
Metal straight edge
Sharp carpet knife
Inspect your carpet material prior to installation. Contact us if a visible manufacturing defect exists. If such a defect is installed, Shaw is not liable for the installation.
A proper installation depends on the proper site conditions. The following conditions must be maintained for 24 hours prior to, during and permanently after installation: – HVAC System: Must be operational maintaining the following conditions. – Temperature: The installation site, carpet and adhesive must be between 50° F and 95° F. – Humidity: The installation site’s ambient relative humidity should not fall below 40%.
The existing hard surface floor must be structurally sound, clean, level and dry before you begin.
Sweep your floors and ensure they are free of dust, dirt, oil, grease, paint, curing agents, concrete sealers, loosely bonded toppings, loose particles and any other substance or condition that may prevent or reduce adhesion.
Plywood Subfloors: Floors must be Wood Association Approved and primed with a paint roll application of liquid latex such as Shaw 9050 floor primer.
Concrete Subfloors: Fill depressions or cracks by using a gypsum-based patching and/or leveling compound containing Portland or high alumina cement that meets or exceeds the compression strength of 3,000 PSI.
Start your installation as close to the center of the room as possible. To find the center of your room, follow these steps: – Locate your two longest, straightest walls. – Use the tape measure to find the center of each wall. – Measure a line from the center of each wall until the lines intersect. This will be the center of the room. Mark the center.
Once you have identified the center of the room, snap a chalk line along the horizontal or vertical line dividing your room in half. You will install half the room before moving to the other half. – To snap a chalk line, grab a friend to help. – Pull the string across the room so it aligns with the marked center. – Once the string is lined up, pull the string taut and snap the string. This will leave a straight line dividing your room in half. – Avoid stepping on the chalk line as chalk can transfer to your shoes, clothing and carpet tiles.
Each tile has directional arrows on the back. These arrows allow for one-directional or multi-directional installation. See below for some pattern ideas.
Start in the center of the room, along the chalk line. Lay out your tiles using the directional arrows on the back of each tile.
For larger rooms, peel and stick the first tile, but continue laying out the remainder of the tiles with the liner still on the adhesive until your full pattern is achieved.
Install tiles using a pyramid technique as shown above. This gives you multiple alignment checks. If the edges do not align, find and correct the source of the problem. Continue until you have completed half of the room.
Slide tiles into position to prevent yarn from being trapped between the tiles. Trapped yarn will adversely affect the appearance of the installation and will cause alignment problems.
- As you approach the walls, you will have tiles that are too long or too short. We will cut those in the next step for a perfect fit.
Each tile has adhesive applied to the back during the manufacturing process. The adhesive has a protective liner that has to be removed prior to installing the carpet tile.
Once you have your design finalized and the tiles are ready to install, simply peel the protective liner from the back and position snugly to the adjacent tile.
Tiles must fit snugly, but not be compressed.
We recommend cutting your tiles first before you remove the liner from the adhesive. SIMPLE CUT?
Measure and cut tiles from the back using a metal straight edge. Ensure arrows are pointing in the correct direction.
Be sure to cut your tiles on a protected hard surface. TRICKY CUT? Looking for a little tip to skip tricky cuts altogether? Feel free to leave some of your hard floor peaking out for a modern, trendy look to eliminate the need to go right up against the wall.
To finish up, just vacuum any loose fibers.