One of the great advantages of using carpet tiles is the ease with which you can cut and lay them yourself - this means you can save on expensive fitting costs generally associated with other types of floor covering. You can also use contrasting or co-ordinating colours to build your own custom design or to highlight specific areas, such as walkways.
Some important things to remember before you start are:- Carpet Tiles Fitting Guide
Proper tools are key to a professional finish
The tools you will need are a sharp utility knife, metal ruler or straight edge, chalk line, double-sided carpet tape or carpet tile adhesive.
Carpet tiles must be stored in the laying area for a minimum of 24 hours at the same temperature and humidity that will apply when the tiles are laid. This should be at least 18º C (65º F). If fitting carpet tiles on an area which has underfloor heating or access flooring, please contact us for full fitting instructions.
Floor surfaces should be clean, dry and free from dust and debris. All traces of old floor coverings should be completely removed prior to fitting. Ensure the floor is level as carpet tiles are designed to lay flat naturally. Where floors are particularly uneven a self levelling floor screed should be laid and allowed to fully dry, prior to installation taking place. Each carpet tile has an arrow on the back indicating the direction of the pile - to achieve a broadloom (carpet) effect make sure the arrows on the rear of tiles all point the same direction. To achieve a chequerboard (chessboard) effect using all one colour then lay the carpet tiles with the arrows on the back at right angles to each other (see above diagram).
Appropriate care and maintenance is essential to appearance retention and longevity of the carpet tiles. Regular daily vacuuming is recommended. Spillages should be cleaned immediately with a damp cloth before allowing to dry. Stains can be removed by using a good quality purpose made carpet tile cleaner carefully following the manufacturer's instructions. Traffic paths may be avoided by periodically interchanging the carpet tiles. Damaged carpet tiles can be lifted and moved to a less noticeable area or simply replaced. Full maintenance instructions are available upon request.