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Carpet Installation Method Statement

Purpose of the Method Statement 

The purpose of this method is to provide sets of a systematic process for installation of carpet on the hallway, lobby and public areas all following the requirement of the designer.

Description of Work

  • Carpets today have revolutionary carpet fibre systems that give supreme softness while being virtually stain proof.
  • It is comfortable underfoot, easy to replace while being warmer, softer and quieter underfoot.  Installation flexibility allows the carpet to go over a variety of substrates.

Delivery, Storage and Handling

  • Store carpet and related materials in a climate-controlled, dry space. 
  • Protect and safeguard carpet from soil, dust, moisture, oil, and other contaminants and store on a flat surface. 
  • Keeping heavy objects or other objects on top of carpet rolls must be avoided. 
  • Double stacking pallets of carpet tile is prohibited unless approved by the carpet manufacturer and or another expert.
  • Transport carpet in a manner that prevents damage and distortion. 
  • Bending or folding individual carpet rolls or cuts from rolls are not recommended. In case of bending or folding is unavoidable for delivery of the carpet, the carpet is needed to be unrolled and allowed to lie flat ASAP upon arrival at the installation facility or site. 

Installation

  • Check the flatness of concrete floors. Protrusions/Swelling and ponding should be removed and solve first before installing the carpet. Particularly, the side to wall termination.
  • Clean the area. Where the carpet is installed, it should be dust and water-free.
  • Install the tackless strip on the concrete floor. While installing the carpet in the required areas/rooms/offices, leave a gap of about 1-2 inches between the strips and the wall, and be sure the tacks face (Sometimes called tackless strips) towards the wall. At corners, make sure the tackless strips are butted securely and firmly against each other.
  • Put the under pad down in strips that butt up to or reach the tackless strips. Butt the strips against each other- don't overlap them - then staple the underlay down along the inside edge of the tackless strip.
  • Trim the excess underlay along the inside of the tackless strip and use duct tape to seal the seams. A small pea of glue can be used on concrete floors to hold the pad in place firmly.
  • To install carpet properly, you need to start with a piece that overlaps the edge of the floor by 4 to 6 inches (10.2 to 15.2 cm). The overlay can then be trimmed so the carpet fits firmly and appropriately. To cut the first section, make a proper measurement of the room at its longest spot and add six inches or 15.2 centimetres to that measurement.
  • Mark the back of your carpet on both edges with that measurement and join the two marks with a chalk line. Fold the carpet over on itself, and using a straight edge and a sharp cutting knife, cut the carpet from the backside. Be sure to put a piece of scrap board underneath cut line to protect and safeguard from any damage of the underlying carpet. 
  • If the area is wide enough and needs to get another piece of carpet, follow the same process with the second piece - measure, mark and trim. But always make sure that the carpet pile is running the same way in both pieces, and that the carpet piece is large sufficient to overlap the wall by four to six inches or 10.2 to 15.2 centimetres, as well as overlapping the first piece of carpet by four to six inches or 10.2 to 15.2 centimetres. Try to layout carpet pieces so the seams won't be in noticeable areas, but apparently, sometimes that just isn't possible.
  • Where the carpet pieces will join, overlap the two pieces, and then using a utility knife or a rented seam cutter, cut through both pieces of carpet, ensuring the edges will match exactly. After cutting the carpet,
  • centre a piece of seaming tape on the floor underneath where they join, adhesive side up.
  • Use the seaming iron to activate the adhesive (the iron goes on the tape, not on top of the carpet), and then butt the edges together and seal the seam with a rolling pin or a carpet roller.
  • Use a knee kicker to attach the carpet along one edge. A knee kicker is a solid metal tool about eighteen inches long with "teeth" that will grip the carpet on one end, and a heavily padded "butt" on the other. Put the toothed end of the kicker about three inches from the wall and drive your knee strongly into the padded end of the tool. This will stretch the carpet over the tackless strip where the tacks will grab it and hold it perfectly in place.
  • A carpet stretcher will be accomplished by attaching the carpet. A carpet stretcher is similar to knee kicker, but much longer. Put one end of the carpet stretcher contrary to the wall where the carpet is already attached and place the other end about six inches or 15.2 centimetres from the far wall.
  • The carpet stretcher also has teeth to grip the carpet, and when you push on the activation lever, it will stretch the carpet over the tackless strip near the far wall.
  • Check around the area stretching the carpet over the tackles strips and trim the carpet near the wall with a utility knife or a wall trimmer.
  • Using a stair tool, tuck the carpet down into the gap between the tackless strips and the wall.
  • At the doorway, make a slight careful trimming of the carpet so the edge is centered under the closed door and install a door edge strip. Lastly, cut any duct and or pipe openings and install the moulding on the baseboards.

Supervision

  • Installation of carpet roll is carried out by the skilled and experienced upholster who have expertise in fabric/ carpet upholstery works. They are assisted by inexperienced labourers. Their work is in turn supervised by experienced Foremen.
  • Site Engineer/Architect will be available for co-ordination with other sub-contractors and Main Contractor and also look into the technical aspects. He will ensure that the overall work conforms to the shop Drawing. And secure that the carpet termination is clean.

Materials Used in Preparation

  1. Tackles strips 
  2. Stapler
  3. Hammer
  4. Utility knife 
  5. Chalk line
  6. Measuring tape
  7. Rolling pin (Seam roller)
  8. Work gloves
  9. Knee pads

Machinery and Tools to be Used

  1. Knee Kicker
  2. Power stretcher 
  3. Seam cutter
  4. Seaming iron 
  5. Seam tape
  6. Wall trimmer 
  7. Strip cutter
  8. seam roller

Safety Procedures

  1. Consider using proper protection, such as safety glasses, gloves, and a mask. 
  2. Adhesive and glue should be kept in place to avoid misuse.

 Maintenance

Carpets need to be vacuumed once a week and more often in areas of heavy traffic. Frequent vacuuming prolongs the life of your carpet by preventing a buildup of gritty particles that can cut carpet fibres.

General

The Sub-Contractor reserves the right to amend the method from time to time in consultation with the Main Contractor, depending upon the specific site conditions.

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Carpet Installation Method Statement 

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