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If you are having trouble fitting your carpet tiles, or simply need some easy guidance on how to get a professional finish? Then read on…

1) Prepare your surface

-Carpet tiles can be laid without adhesive but to secure the tiles and prevent movement installations can be carried out using a light adhesive which is available through carpet tile suppliers. This will ensure that the tiles are held in place but can easily be lifted and replaced if necessary.
-Like any other material, carpet tiles expand and contract as their temperature changes. To ensure a trouble-free installation, we strongly recommend unpacking and laying the tiles loosely on the floor of the room where they’re to be fitted. They should be left like this for 24 hours to allow them to become conditioned to the room’s conditions.
-Vacuum the area to ensure that the area is clean. Also make sure the surface is free of oil and grease and any solvents.
-If laying on a solid floor, laying a damp proof membrane is advisable.

2) Laying the tiles

-On the back of the tile there should be arrows which indicate the natural lay of the carpet. As the shade can sometimes vary slightly from batch to batch, laying the tiles in alternate directions draws less attention to this inherent manufacturing problem. If however you are using patterned tiles or creating a chequered design effect laying the tiles in the same direction is fine.
-Now when you begin to lay the tiles, start from the centre of the room and work outwards to each wall. Make sure each tile is tight to the next and parallel
-When you reach the wall you may be left with a gap which can look unsightly, so if you move the centre tile slightly and repeat the process until you have an even gap all around the area this will give a better appearance.
-Lay the tiles tightly and squarely to the neighbouring tiles, making sure you do not trap any carpet pile between each join. Fit the tiles which need to be cut last.

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3) Cutting the tiles

You may have to cut the tiles which are near the edge of the walls or around obstacles such as fitted cupboards etc.
-Firstly replace the tile nearest to the wall with the tile which is to be cut.
-Now place the tile you have lifted up against the wall tightly and use as a template
-Draw a line with a pencil around the edge of this tile which is furthest away from the wall, this will then become your cutting line.
-Use a spare tile as a firm base to cut the tile. A sharp knife and steel ruler help to give clean cut.
-Finally, fit the cut tile and repeat the process all around the room.

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Source by Georgina Whysall

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