How To Lay Carpet Tiles
Carpet tiles are some of the best ways to add a sense of personality to any environment. Whether referring to high-quality office carpet tiles or surfaces designed for a playroom within your home, it is always wise to appreciate the installation process. We have broken this task down into a number of steps so you can complete the task easily and correctly. Let's take a closer look.

Preparation

It is always important to make certain that the underlying surface is free from dirt, moisture and similar debris. The tiles will otherwise not adhere properly and they may exhibit bubbles soon after installation. If you have to wash the surface, be sure that it is allowed to dry for at least 24 hours.

Pile Direction Arrows

You may notice that there are arrows on the back of each carpet tile. These indicate the direction of the pile. If you are looking to achieve a textured look or a specific shading, you can change the orientation of these arrows before laying each tile in place.

Working with Adhesive

The majority of carpet tiles will require some form of adhesive in order to stick to the underlying floor. It is wise to only use the glue that has been recommended by the manufacturer. Always work in a well-ventilated area, as the fumes are not meant to be breathed for prolonged periods of time. Often known as "tack filler", the adhesive itself will change colour from milky white to clear when it is applied to the floor. It is important that you wait for this change to complete, as it ensures the proper level of adhesion.

The Installation Process

Always begin from the centre of the room and work your way towards its periphery. This is the best way to ensure straight angles and to avoid cutting tiles that could otherwise remain whole.

Cutting Tips and Tricks

You will normally be able to score the backs of most carpet tiles with a sharp blade. They can then be snapped (much like when dealing with plasterboard). However, heavy-duty tiles such as the fibre-bonded materials provided by CFS Carpets may need to be scored a few more times in order to guarantee a clean cut. Always be patient and move the blade of the knife away from your body; you might otherwise accidentally cut yourself.