Calculation of the required quantity of carpet tiles

Use a plan or drawing for your preliminary calculations. Be aware that plans may vary from the actual site, so for an accurate estimate measurements on site are advisable. For waste during the installation of the carpet tiles, depending on the openness of the area, you should allow an additional amount between 3 and 5%. This is only a practical rule of thumb and serves as a guideline only. Patterned carpet tiles may have more waste. Do not forget to order a small additional quantity to serve as back-up stock for future replacements due to stains, dirt and wear. Re-ordering very small quantities may be difficult for us to fulfill.

Sub floor preparation

Practically, the condition of the sub floor has a direct influence on the installation and performance of the carpet tiles. The sub floor should be leveled, clean, dry and homogenous. Various specialist products are easily available in the market to seal, level and repair sub floors if necessary such as leveling compounds and sealants. Your local contractor can provide assistance in the proper preparation of the sub floor. Moreover, moisture is an area of particular attention. Moisture levels in concrete should not exceed 5.5% prior to installing the carpet tiles.

Pre – Installation Inspection

Make sure all other construction jobs have been completed prior to commencing the carpet tile installation. The site must be clean and dust free. Check if the correct carpet tiles and color have been delivered. If different batch numbers are supplied, make sure that different batches are installed in different rooms to eliminate the effect of possible minor color differences. During transport and handling, care should be taken to avoid damage to the carpet tile boxes. Temperature and humidity during installation should not differ too much from the permanent conditions at the location. This means that the tiles should be exposed to the proper temperature and moisture in the building at least 24 hours before installation.

Installation

Water – based environment friendly glue or double side self-adhesive tape is recommended for the installation of Cflors Carpet Tiles. The arrows on the back of the tile indicate the laying direction. Normally it is recommended installing the tiles in a Quarter-Turn style. To create this Quarter Turn effect, position each next tile at a 90-degree angle. Another method of installation is called Monolithic where the arrows on the back of carpet tiles should point into the same direction. The later installation method generally shows joints between the tiles to a certain extent. This is not a manufacturing defect but is inherited to the concept of carpet tiles installed in Monolithic Method. In either method it is suggested to start the installation in the middle of the area by positioning the tiles in a cross. There should be no gap between any two adjacent tiles for the best results. If required, Carpet tiles should be cut from the back. While cutting, pay close attention to the pile direction. Remove cutting waste immediately to avoid stains on installed tiles and to keep the uninstalled area clean.

Post – Installation Measures

Vacuum clean the entire area and make sure all cutting residues are removed to avoid stains. The joints between the carpet tiles will over time increasingly blend together, provided the carpet tiles are properly and firmly installed. Vacuum cleaning also enhances the appearance. If other works still need to be carried out on the site, protect the newly installed carpet tiles sufficiently from dust, dirt and stains. When heavy furniture or other fixtures are being placed on the surface, use hardboard to avoid tile displacement. Once the area is operational, follow the standard maintenance and cleaning instructions.