How to Install Adhesive Carpet Tiles Part 3 How to Install Adhesive Carpet Tiles Part 3
At this point, you will nearly be completed with your adhesive carpet tiles installation. Now you can finish making custom cuts and placing the tiles on the floor. You are almost done with the project but there are a few more finishing touches to worry about. Here are the basics of how to finish your adhesive carpet tiles installation project. (This is Part 3 of a 3 part series. To return to Part 2, click here.)
Step 1--L-Shaped Cuts
In some cases, you will have a place in the room that will require you to make an L-shaped cut in the tile. While this might seem like a tough project, it is actually not that difficult. You will need to take your time and make sure that you cut the tile properly though. Take your tape measure and get both dimensions of the L-shape. Turn over one of the carpet tiles and lay it with the backing facing up. If you can use a carpenter's square, this would be ideal for this job. Take the carpenter square and lay it according to the proper dimensions that you need cut. Make a line with a pencil or marker so that you will have some guidance during the process. Lay your carpenter's square right up to the mark that you made so that you can make a clean cut. Use your utility knife to cut out the portion of the tile that you do not need. Make sure to take your time when making the cut so that you do not have an uneven line.
Step 2--Making Curved Cuts
In some rooms you may have the need to make a curved cut. This can seem like a very daunting task to complete correctly. However, with the proper knowledge, you should be able to do it without any problems. The secret to making a curved cut with a carpet tile is to use a paper template. Take a large piece of paper and then trace the appropriate curve onto it. Then take some scissors and cut off the excess on the outside of the curve. Place your template on to the back of one of the carpet tiles. You can then use a marker or pencil to trace this curve directly on to the back of the tile. At that point, you can use your utility knife to carefully cut out the curve. Be sure to take your time with this and do not get in a hurry because curves require some extra attention when cutting.
Step 3--Roll the Tile
After the entire floor has been laid, you should consider using a roller on it. If you can borrow a flooring roller, this would be ideal, but you could also use a rolling pin. The important thing is that you apply pressure to the top of the tiles with a roller. This will make sure that the tile adheres properly to the floor and it will help remove any air that is trapped underneath the tile.
Step 4--Reattach Baseboards or Quarter Round
Once the tiles are firmly in place, it is time to reattach the baseboards or quarter round that were removed at the begining. This can be left off, but will provide a more finished and integrated look with the new carpet tiles. If it is not replaced, be sure to patch and paint over the gap where the baseboard or quarter round was.