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Install Carpet on a Cement Floor

A DIY Guide for Laying Your Own Floor

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Prepping concrete floor; photo courtesy Jennie Reedy


Covering a concrete floor with carpet can enhance any space by adding comforting touch of warmth along with noise reduction. When covering a floor, it is important to make sure that the room is at a comfortable temperature so that all of the materials will lie down smoothly.

As long as this one simple precaution is followed, it is possible for carpet to be installed over concrete in as little as one day by following the simple procedure outlined below.

Take Accurate Measurements

The first step toward installing carpet is to measure the room. Square rooms are simple to measure; however, odd-shaped rooms may require some additional math.

Once the room has been measured, the numbers can then be used to order the correct amount of carpet to cover the room. Always add 5% to 10% extra to account for cuts. Odd shapes need more.

Check for Moisture

Many buildings have small cracks or leaks that can allow moisture to become trapped in the floor. When carpet is installed, moisture can cause serious problems such as mildew and rot.

Therefore, the room should be checked carefully a week or two before laying the carpet. This way, any potential issues can be fixed.

Clean and Prime the Concrete

Before installing the carpet, it will be necessary to clean and prime the concrete. Cleaning can be done using a simple solution of bleach and water. Then, all holes should be filled in using a floor-leveling compound.

Finally, if you suspect that you may have future moisture problems, it is advisable to lay down a moisture barrier.

Cut and Apply a Tackless Carpet Strip

The next step to installing carpet is to attach a tackless carpet gripper strip along one edge of a wall. This strip will then be used to hold the carpet while the rest of the installation is completed.

To cut the carpet strip, use a utility knife or a special carpet cutting knife. Be prepared to change out or sharpen the blade frequently.

Lay Down the Padding and Cut the Carpet

Measure and cut the carpet padding in strips to fit the length of the room. Then, the strips should be placed next to each other as tightly as possible. Use duct tape to cover the seams.

Using the measurements of the room, the carpet should be cut to fit with about 6 inches of excess carpet around the edges. Like the padding, the seams should be tight. Then, use seam tape to join the pieces together.

Carpet seam tape goes under the seams with the heat-activated adhesive pointed upward. Applying heat to the carpet seams will cause the tape to adhere.

Secure the Carpet

Once the carpet has been prepared, it will be time to begin securing it over the pad. First, a knee kicker should be used to push the carpet into a corner.

Then, the carpet should be stretched from one wall to another using a power stretcher. Once the carpet is smooth, any excess should be trimmed, and baseboards can be replaced.

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