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Fair and Square - How to Make
Carpet Squares Work
for Your Floor

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Carpet squares are growing in popularity because they’re easy to install and fun to work with. They’re a good choice for areas that are damp because they’re easy to clean. However, you should take care when installing them to avoid problems later. If you’ve been considering carpet squares for any part of your home, there is some basic information you should keep in mind. If you’re ready to get your floors squared away, read on for a few tips to help you avoid common mistakes.

Have Fun with the Patterns

Take a step back in time to your school days and work up your patterns on paper first. Use graph paper to draw out the squares and then fill them in with colored pencils. This will allow you to better visualize the pattern and make any desired changes. The only limit to your pattern is your own imagination and your wiliness to cut tiles. Once you’ve found the perfect pattern, you can use the drawing as your template for purchases and installation.

Buy Extras

One benefit of carpet squares is that you can replace one if it becomes stained, but that’s only if you can find some more. You may not be able to buy more of your exact color a few years from now, so buy some extras and store them in a closet. That way, if the retailer if you bought them from goes out of business or the pattern is discontinued, you won’t be out of luck.

Check the Floor

Loose paint will peel right off if you’re using an adhesive, and expansion gaps might show through the carpet with time if you choose thin tiles. Ideally, the floor should be clean, level and free of high or low spots. Take your time with the preparation work for the most durable installation. If you cut corners when prepping the floor, it will show when you’ve finished laying the squares and might create serious problems later down the road.

Cut from the Back

When you need to cut a tile, work from the back of the square. Use a razor blade to go through the rubber backing. Bend the tile and then snap it apart. Use a straight edge for perfectly straight lines, and use a template if you need to cut curves.

Shoot the Gap

Install them for a tight fit to avoid movement and stains. The tiles should fit closely together without any gaps or holes. According to the professionals of AAA Steam Carpet Cleaning who specialize in carpet and duct cleaning in Waterloo, some tiles have a non-skid backing and don’t have to be glued to the floor, but they should still be fit tightly together for a more attractive look and better durability.

Finally, go over the carpet squares with a broom to lightly fluff the nap and help hide seams. The joints between squares will gradually disappear over time and leave you with a sharp looking floor that you installed yourself. Use this option in basements, family rooms and other spaces where you want attractive carpet that’s easy to replace if a section becomes damaged. Information for this article was provided by