Installation Bulletins

Installation Bulletins

Carpet Mask

Flooring Resources Corporation does not recommend the use of any form of “Carpet Mask.” Most manufacturers advise against these products due to the adhesive residue left on the carpet which may attract soil over time. Carpet Mask products when adhered directly to the carpet surface may cause soil, and also may affect the drying time of adhesives, cause discoloration, bubbling, and seam separation. Flooring Resources Corporation recommends using Kraft Paper and/or Tempered Masonite to protect newly installed carpet. Thank you for your cooperation with this matter. Do not hesitate to contact Flooring Resources Corporation with questions or concerns. 

"Dubl-Stik" (Double Stick Installation)

By combining the security of gluedown installation with the comfort and superior wear characteristics of pad, double glue installation offers customers an enhanced feeling of luxury under-foot and a clear compliment to their selection of a superior carpet product. In addition to the specific requirements outlined here for the proper double glue installation, the basics in the Carpet and Rug Institute’s most recent Installation Standard, CRI 104 must be followed for product-related warranties to remain in effect. Additional instructions will be available for specific styles of carpet. 

Site Conditions

The following environmental conditions inside the building are critical for proper installation. Temperature must be between 65-95° F, and the humidity between 10% and 65% for at least 72 hours before and after installation. In addition, adhesives and seam sealer should be stored under these conditions for a minimum of 24 hour prior to installation. New concrete must be cured for at least 90-120 days. The slab should be checked for moisture and alkalinity. If the pH is 10 or higher, neutralize the floor with an acid wash of 10 parts water to one part muriatic acid and rinse thoroughly. If excess moisture is present (above three pounds as determined by the proper administration of the calcium chloride test) or a hydrostatic condition exists, do not install the carpet. Moisture between 3-7 lbs can be sealed with a moisture barrier in order to receive the carpet. New concrete slabs should be sealed; older floors can be checked for porosity by applying a small amount of water to several areas of the floor. If there are water beads, the floor does not need to be sealed. If the water soaks in quickly, the floor needs to be sealed or damp mopped. Sealants should not contain silicone.

Floor Prep

All subfloors must be smooth and level, free of dirt, wax and old adhesives. Replace or patch old vinyl tiles, strip all waxes, and fill grout lines of ceramic floors if applicable. At the minimum sand or scrap the ridges of old adhesives. In preparation for the double glue installation, patch and fill cracks and depressions with a premium grade latex patching compound. Do not use water mixed underlayments. Old cutback adhesives should be scraped away if possible or sealed with a liquid latex acrylic.

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