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Preparing Your Home

Now that you've selected your new flooring, here is a pre-installation checklist you can do to make the installation as smooth as possible. Here you will find general guidelines that should be followed prior to the installation of your new flooring.

Pre-Installation Checklist

  • Make arrangements prior to the arrival of the installation crew for removal of old flooring.

        (Unless Palmetto Flooring will be disposing the old floor)

  • We recommend that all painting is complete before your new flooring arrives.

  • Rooms and closets that will be resurfaced must be emptied prior to the arrival of the installation crew.

  • Remove any valuable items near the area of installation.

  • Baseboards and moldings, in most installations can be left in place, but we cannot be responsible for any damage that may occur.

  • Remove all hanging objects in the area of installation.

  • Disconnect and move electronics, appliances or computers.

  • If your installation requires sanding, it is a good idea to cover all cupboards and furniture in the area.

Post-Installation Checklist

  • Thoroughly inspect the flooring once the installation has been completed and bring any concerns you may have to their attention immediately.

  • Hinged doors may need to be trimmed for proper clearance once the new flooring is installed.

  • Your installation may require touch-up to walls, moldings and baseboards.

  • The installation crew will remove all waste pertaining to the installation of your new flooring. It is the customer's responsiblity to clean the flooring after installation.

  • Allow proper ventilation for 72 hours after your flooring installation by utilizing fans.

While your new carpet is of the hightest quality, it is still subject to everyday wear. Here are tried and tested ways of correcting common carpet conditions.

  • Sprouting: If loose ends "sprouts" extend above the rest of the pile, trim them off evenly with the pile surface. Never try to pull them out. After clipping, smooth the area with your fingers. Sharp edges on your vacuum cleaner, a child's toy, high heels, or animal claws can cause this condition.

  • Pile Crushing: All carpet fibers will crush under heavy, stationary loads. Crushing can be reduced by shifting furniture regularly. 

  • Shading: After certain carpet styles have been subjected to traffic,you may notice areas that appear lighter or darker than other areas. Don't be alarmed! Shading is the result of the change in direction of the pile due to pressure from the footsteps and vacuuming. Brushing the pile all in one direction may temporarily correct shading; however, shading is part of the carpet styling and should be expected to varying degrees. Do not mistake shading for color fading.

  • Pile Distortion/Roll Crush: When carpet is manufactured, inspected, handled and shipped, it is rolled and unrolled many times. A common problem called pile distortion or roll crush can occur when this happens. It can be corrected only after the carpet is installed. Follow these steps:                                  

           * Vacuum the carpet.

           * Increase the relative humidity in the room to 50% or more.

           *Allow several weeks in humid conditions and slightly longer in low humidity conditions for the pile to              recover.


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