June 15, 2007, Newsletter Issue #69: How to Install Carpet Your First Step is Preparation

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Installing carpet is a job that most anyone can do with the time and the tools. Here is a quick tutorial on the first and most crucial steps to get started. First, assuming you have already bought your carpet, padding, and tools, you will need to prep the area. Get some help with extracting any furniture from the space where the carpet will be laid. Once all of the furniture is gone, you will need to pull up any existing flooring that is down. If you are pulling up old carpet, you will want to be careful when getting the staples out of the edges. If your carpet is older, these staples could have rust that, if pricked with, may require you to get a tetanus shot. Use gloves when pulling for a better grip. Once the carpet is up, you will want to also remove the existing padding. This is far easier than the carpet as it can tear easily. Now that the floor is bare, you can sweep and get the surface area ready to start. In learning how to install carpet, it is as important to properly prep your surface as it is to set the new carpet down. Use this site to find the next steps in how to install carpet for you.

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