Before Your Carpet Arrives

Being prepared for the installation of your carpet will make the entire process go faster and more efficiently. You should always use a professional and talk with them thoroughly to make sure you understand the process. Below are a few starting points.


  • the seaming diagram is the installers’ “blueprint” for overall layout, seam placement and transition
  • seams are inevitable, and professionals know to deal with them best
  • seams are placed away from pivoting traffic, and not perpendicular to doorway openings
  • some styles show seam tape more than others, called telegraphing or peaking
  • peaking is seen more in low cut pile and looped carpets
  • sometimes extra carpet is ordered to better match patterns at the seams


  • where two different flooring products, like carpet and wood, meet
  • professional installers will try to match the surface heights to minimize transitions

Carpet Seams

What to know and do before installation day

  • remove all furniture; additional charges occur for moving furniture
  • empty the contents of china cabinets and closets
  • consider removal of old floor covering, sometimes messy and time consuming
  • if you remove it, do it at least one day before for cleanup and floor preparation
  • leave tack strips in place and pull the staples out of the floor from the original pad
  • painted baseboards, woodwork and paint may need retouching; this is your responsibility
  • subflooring may need preparation for new carpet – leave this to the pros

What to know and do during installation day

  • be at home the day of installation in case the installation crew has questions
  • some installers may not be able to give you an exact time of arrival
  • be flexible and keep in touch with your retailer/installer
  • keep children and pets out of the work area
  • prior to the completion of the installation, walk through the job with the chief installer

Carpet Transition


  • materials are usually collected by your installer and left at your trash collection site
  • hauling away is usually an additional cost

What to know and do after installation day

  • be prepared to provide the room with adequate ventilation

Fixing post-installation problems

  • be aware that shedding is a natural part of a new carpet
  • frequent vacuuming for the first few days should help
  • sprouting is the small tufts or loops that are visible afterwards
  • use small scissors to trim the loose fibers flush with the carpet’s surface
  • for wrinkles or ripples, a re-stretch may be needed