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When you install your carpet tile, remember, carpet tiles can be re-arranged if you want to try a different installation technique or different look!
One of the goals of FOCUSfloors is helping you save money by offering do it yourself products. Our products, especially carpet tiles are exceptional DIY products.
You start by having a relatively clean floor free of any obstruction that would prevent the tiles from laying flat.
Since we do offer releasable adhesives that you can apply to the floor or put four spots, each the size of a .50 piece on each corner of the back of your tile. Then wait approximately 20 minutes and the spots will remain permanently tacky and will hold your tile on the floor without letting it slip. This adhesive still allows the tile to be picked-up whenever you desire. If you were designing an area rug of tiles you could use this technique on just the outside perimeter of tiles to keep the tiles from sliding apart. The tiles inside the perimeter tiles would be held in place without any adhesion.
We sell a full line of adhesives at discounted prices. We offer releasable adhesive for carpet tile and regular adhesive for rolls of carpet. We also offer adhesives for all your hard surface installation needs i.e.. hardwood, ceramic, etc.
Another technique that is sometimes used is double- face tape. When using this method usually every third or fourth row of tiles are held in place by the doubel-face tape. This is referred to as a grid glue technique because you are just securing a grid or a few of the tiles, which keep the adjacent tiles, locked in place or in the grid. Double-face tape can be somewhat troublesome to eventually remove from your sub floors as it can, over time, become quite aggressive on the side that is against your floor. If you choose to use this technique, you might need an adhesive dissolving solution to remove any stubborn tape from your sub floor. These solutions are available at your local hardware store; one brand name is "Goo Gone".
When starting your installation in a vacant room, the ideal professional way to install is to make a string chalk line cross in the center of the room. This will break the area you are carpeting into four quadrants and you can follow the chalk line with your first row of tiles in each quadrant. Using this technique makes it easier to line up the seams or joints of the tile as you move outward towards any walls. It also is the best way to install any quarter turned (parquet) carpet tiles that purposely installed to give this popular basket weave effect.
If you decide to go the easy way and start on one wall moving across the room, remember, no wall is perfectly straight and as you move further across the room the tile seams/joints will not line up. This can be all right and acceptable if the tile you have chosen is almost seamless or monolithic in visual appearance.