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Installing Carpet Tiles
Well............you've found the right place to get all the information you need to help you choose, buy and lay your new carpet tiles (this is a link to our home page so you can easily see the tiles we have for sale).
By scolling quickly through the easy to read, bite-size chunks below, you'll soon be a floor-laying expert. There are a couple of sections on using our handy tile calculator to work out how many tiles you'll need for your job, fitting guides to help you get a professional finish and there are also pointers on how to tell the difference between a cheaply-made tile and a cheaply-priced tile.
How To Lay Carpet Tiles
Laying carpet tiles is easy if you follow these six simple steps:
Prepare the sub-floor
The sub-floor should be clean, level, smooth, solid, sound and dry.
Mark out the area
Find the centre of the area and mark a cross with a chalk line.
Loose lay a row of tiles along the chalk line and then out to the sides of the area. Adjust the tiles to avoid small cuts at the edges or in doorways.
Stick down the carpet tiles in the centre using spray adhesive. If you spray the back of the tile as well as the floor, the tiles will be very difficult to lift again, so just spray the tile or the floor, not both.
In Small Areas – Just spray every third or fifth row to save money.
In Larger Areas – Use liquid tackifier (which we sell in 5 litre and 10 litre tubs) applied with a foam roller on a pole. Always allow 30 minutes for it to dry to a clear, tacky film. If you don’t, the tiles will be almost impossible to lift in the future.
Carry on laying
From the centre of the area fill out the four corners making sure that the tiles are all butted up firmly to each other.
To make sure your edge cuts fit properly, butt a tile up firmly to the edge of your area and cut through the tile that’s underneath it. Lift up both tiles and swap them round so the cut tile is against the wall and the full tile is in the gap. Then job done and you’ll have saved yourself a fortune!
Laying Carpet Tiles
Before you begin laying your carpet tiles, you should keep a few basic tips in mind to ensure that your finished job looks great.
First thing to do is prepare the sub-floor by making sure that it's flat, level and most importantly, dry. If it isn't dry, it's very important that you use a damp proof membrane. Investing in damp proofing will save you money in the long run, so don't skimp here.
With older and uneven wood sub floors it is best to lay a ‘flattener’ such as hardboard or plywood, particularly on uneven floor boards. Uneven concrete floors might need screeding, otherwise gaps and imperfections will eventually show up in your new flooring......and that's the last thing you want.
Finally, when you come to start laying your carpet tiles, establish a starting point so you don't end up with any thin cuts in the doorways. Laying the tiles is relatively easy and they won't all need adhesive to secure them to the floor. Often just sticking down the tiles in the doorways is enough.
If you need any help or advice, just give ring us on 0115 940 4454 or send a quick email email@example.com and we'll get back to you.
How To Fit Carpet Tiles
To create a great looking job you'll need to make sure that as you lay your tiles they stay closely butted up against each other. You should periodically check as you go along that any tiles already laid are still securely in place. If they have slipped or are not butted up against each other, you should adjust them before you lay any more tiles.
When you're ready to start cutting the perimeter tiles, it is best to cut tiles face down through the backing, marking your measurements on the back of the tile as a guide. Cut onto something with a little 'give' - such as a peice of cardboard or soft wood - to save blunting your cutting blade . And it's always best (and safest) to make a few cuts into the tile along your marked lines rather than trying to cut right through the whole tile with one swipe.
If you find that you need more help/advice with fitting your carpet tiles, why not have a quick look at our handy Fitting Guide which includes lots of top tips, but if you find yourself still struggling, just give us a ring on 0115 940 4454 - or pop across an email to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll be happy to help.
Here are some professional tips to help you get professional results from your next installation:
Test the Temperature Do not install carpet tiles in conditions where the floor's substrate temperature is less than 10 and more than 32 degrees celsius. Put simply, avoid laying tiles when it’s freezing cold or when it’s too hot.
Determine the Dry Time
This is how long adhesive will work with a newly laid tile before it loses its adhesiveness. The dry time for the floor can depend on factors like temperature, humidity and the porosity of the floor.
Applying the Adhesive
Hold your trowel at a 45 degree angle to make it easier to spread the adhesive evenly.
If you want more information you can always get in touch. Just pop in, call us (0115 940 4454) or send a quick email email@example.com And of course, there's lots more handy tips in our handy Fitting Guide.
How to Trim a Carpet Tile
When trimming a carpet tile you'll need a sharp Stanley knife and a surface to cut on, preferably some cardboard or a piece of soft wood, so you don't blunt your knife. You will also need a straight metal edge.
Carpet tiles have an arrow on the back to make sure you get the correct alignment so make sure the carpet pile runs in the direction you want before you cut any of your tiles.
Mark your cutting line on the tile where it is to be trimmed and always cut it from the back. This gives a much cleaner cut than cutting from the top of the tile. Now cut your tile using the metal edge to guide the blade. It is best to cut your tile with a few strokes rather than try to cut all the way through with one cut.
And it's always best to check your cuts before you use any adhesive or apply any tape.
If you want to ask anything not covered here - just give us a quick ring on 0115 940 4454.
Carpet Tile Adhesive
*Top Tip! Before you start to install your carpet tiles, make sure you have enough adhesive to finish the job.
If you spend time making sure your sub-floor is properly prepared for carpet tiles, your adhesive will be effective and the finished job will look great.
Sub Floor Prep Tips
a) Uneven wood floors should be boarded with 4mm or 6mm ply and uneven concrete floors should be screeded.
b) Ensure that the sub floor doesn’t look or feel damp.
c) Ensure that the sub floor is level, smooth, solid and sound with no loose surfacing.
d) Ensure that the sub floor is clean and free from dust, dirt, oil and grease.
How Many Carpet Tiles Do I Need?
Most carpet tiles are packed by the manufacturers in boxes of 20 and most measure 50cm x 50cm each. Although we sell tiles from our Carpet Tile Ranges section in full boxes rather than part boxes, tiles from our Clearance Tiles and Recycled Tiles sections can be ordered in any quantity.
Almost all of our clearance and recycled tiles come into the warehouse as job lots, meaning that they are one-off deals, so it's best to order enough tiles to account for any waste and cuts and also to have a few as spares.
Tiles from the Ranges section are supplied on an on-going basis, meaning you can re-order tiles as when they’re needed.
So, depending whether you’ve decided to buy from one of the ongoing ranges or save yourself some money by opting for tiles from our clearance or recycled sections will determine how many carpet tiles you need to order.
Make sure you measure your room accurately and to double-check your maths you can put your room dimensions into our handy carpet tile calculator. We’ve already added 10% extra to allow for cuts and waste but if you’re ordering a clearance or a recycled tile, the best advice is to add another few to your order just to be on the safe side.
We’ll happily chat to you about your measurements and quantities if you’re not sure, we’re just a phone call (0115 940 4454) or email away firstname.lastname@example.org
Carpet Tile Calculator
Before you start any flooring job, you will need to determine how much product you'll need.
So the first job is to measure and multiply the length and width of your room in meters. If you're using carpet tiles it's easy to work out. You just multiply by 4 to give you the number of 50cm x 50cm tiles you'll need. But be sure to add at least 10% to allow for cuts and waste.
An online carpet tile calculator can be really useful during the initial planning stage, when you want an idea of quantities and rough costings.
But you will need accurate measurements of the space before you actually order your carpet tiles. So draw the room's layout on paper and measuring the room from wall to wall, using the widest measurements. If you have an awkwardly shaped space, the best way is to divide the room into smaller sections and create regular shapes that can be measured more easily.
You will need to order extra tiles if the tile you have chosen has a pile direction or natural grain to it, and don’t forget to add extra tiles to allow for cutting mistakes or if you want a few spares.
If you’re not sure and just want some advice, then just get in touch - 0115 940 4454 or email@example.com - and we’ll happily double check your calculations.
£1 Carpet Tiles
£1 carpet tiles! That's so cheap! But we do actually have carpet tiles for £1 and often a lot less.
Our clearance and recycled tiles offer the best value when money is short and finding a bargain is vital. Rather than going for a very cheaply-made tile, which won't look good for very long once it's been laid, why not choose a tile with a much higher specification for a fraction of the original price.
End-of-lines and discontinued colours give customers such a great choice at rock-bottom prices, but all the tiles are new and in their original boxes. See for yourself in our Clearance Tiles section.
Whereas all the tiles in our Recycled Tiles section have been laid before, so are not new, but even though they've been laid before they're very often just like new. We try and get uplifted tiles from blue-chip corporate offices because they often change their flooring regularly. Sometimes, a change of ownership of an office block results in the flooring on every floor of the entire building being changed even though the tiles being replaced are almost as new.
So, top quality £1 carpet tiles are possible, just give us a ring on 0115 940 4454 if you can't find what you're looking for. We have lots of stock that we've not put on the site yet. It'd be great to hear from you.
Cheap Carpet Tiles
There is a big difference between low budget, poorly constructed, low specification carpet tiles and high spec., top quality, hard-wearing clearance or recycled carpet tiles, even though they may cost the same.
The first is simply a cheap carpet tile whereas the second is a fantastic tile but at a low cost. Getting to know your ‘cheaps’ from your ‘low costs’ is the key to bagging yourself a massive bargain. A cheap carpet tile just isn’t manufactured to last. It’s produced to cover your floor for a short time and look reasonably okay.
On the other hand, a high-end, top spec. tile is designed and constructed with luxury and longevity in mind and will look good and last for years. It’ll resist crushing, flattening, staining and be robust enough to withstand being cleaned often. A truly superior carpet tile in every way!
The art is to buy a top quality carpet tile for the same price as a really cheap carpet tile. Our clearance carpet tiles are top quality tiles that the manufacturers have decided to discontinue or from previous year’s colour ranges and so on, so although they are brand new and boxed, they're available at a very similar price to a cheap carpet tile.
Similarly, our used and recycled tiles offer fantastic value. Great top of the range tiles at amazingly cheap prices and although they've been laid before some are in ‘as new’ condition (A Grade Recycled Tiles). Some can show a degree of previous use, (B Grade Recycled Tiles and C Grade Carpet Tiles) but they are all available at well below the price of a ‘cheap carpet tile’.
So, low cost is very different to cheap when it comes to choosing carpet tiles and a cheap carpet tile will show signs of wear and look shabby very quickly.
By choosing a top quality, hard wearing, long lasting carpet tile you'll get a higher quality and better performance from your flooring jobs, but at a price which will fit in with the tightest of budgets.
Make sure you look carefully at the stock availability when choosing a clearance or used tile though; because they are one-offs you need to check there’s enough stock of a particular colour or design to complete your job. Of course you won't get as big a range to choose from but everyone who buys our low cost carpet tiles is thrilled at the quality and price.
You can look online to see our clearance and used carpet tile bargains or quickly ring us on 0115 940 4454 if you want any advice or help.
Discount Carpet Tiles
When you have a limited budget, you can lay a floor that looks good and is serviceable by choosing discount floor tiles. These discount carpet tiles are available at a fraction of the original new cost, and will enable you to keep well within the budget of any flooring project.
Our discount carpet tiles are all brand new, boxed and ready to lay and will have the quality and durability to cover your floor and stay looking good for years whilst saving you a small fortune.
Bear in mind that the colour selection and style choice may be limited but when you have a floor to cover and a really tight budget to work with, you will be pleased to be able to lay a floor that looks great and that you got at a really discounted price.
Our stock of discount carpet tiles is always changing and new bargains are arriving daily, so get in touch if you want to find out more.
Used Carpet Tiles
Used carpet tiles are an eco-friendly choice because they have been diverted away from landfill. By choosing to use these tiles, your flooring project will be both affordable and environmentally friendly. Most of the tiles we process don’t end up in landfill unless they are screed contaminated. The carpet tiles and off-cuts that can’t be sold or re-used but are free from screed are converted into Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF) and used as a fuel in cement kilns in industry.
When considering used carpet tiles, you will have four different grades to choose from:
‘A+ Grade’ tiles are high-end quality carpet tiles that are virtually indistinguishable from brand new.
‘A Grade’ tiles are premium quality carpet tiles that show almost no wear and in nearly all cases are in ‘as new’ condition.
‘B Grade’ carpet tiles are premium quality yet show slightly noticeable soiling or furniture markings. The level of wear found in Grade B carpet tiles is reflected in the price of each tile.
‘C Grade’ carpet tiles show the most noticeable levels of staining and wear. For the price however, they are ideal for use in less prominent areas of a home or business.
They are an affordable solution for flooring when the floor's aesthetics or appearance is not a primary concern, probably in a garage, storeroom or warehouse.
All our used carpet tiles are carefully and thoroughly sorted, then cleaned and graded in our warehouse before we offer them for sale and they all offer the same insulating and sound properties as new tiles, but obviously at a fraction of the cost whichever grade you choose.
Once the used tiles have been laid, with regular vacuuming and foot traffic their appearance will improve as they ‘bed’ in.
To give you an accurate idea of what to expect, you can always ask for samples of any of our used carpet tiles. Just get in touch and let us know where to send them.
Heavy Duty Carpet Tiles
Heavy duty carpet tiles are such a good idea if you're having to lay a new floor in a busy or well-used space. Areas of high-footfall can soon look very grubby and tired if the floor you choose isn't specifically made for the job. By buying heavy duty carpet tiles you can be sure that the tiles will last and stay looking good.
Top spec., heavy duty tiles don't always come cheap though. So you need to shop around and always make sure they are rated to withstand high foot traffic. Many tiles look similar, it's often difficult to tell which are tough enough to do a heavy-duty job, so you have to know what the specifications and ratings actually mean. Don't let suppliers blind you with science and numbers.
You can always ring us and ask if you're not sure and you want some free advice. Whether you buy your tiles from us or not!
We always ask where the tiles are going to be used and we never sell a tile that won't do the job properly. Some companies do though, just to get a sale.
So in summary, to avoid making a costly mistake, look carefully at the specification before you buy your heavy-duty carpet tiles.
Commercial Carpet Tiles
Carpet tiles designed for commercial use are different to residential carpet tiles in several ways. When you look for commercial carpet tiles for your business, it is important to understand the differences.
They look and feel markedly different to those used in your home. They are manufactured using different materials and are designed specifically to withstand heavier footfall and have a much more robust construction to the carpet tiles manufactured for the domestic market.
This makes them resistant to signs of wear in high footfall areas and where castor chairs are constantly in use. They will not flatten or show signs of wear for many years, whereas carpet tiles with a ‘domestic only’ rating would look dreadful very quickly in a commercial environment.
Commercial carpet tiles usually come in colours that are practical and professional, such as blues, greys and other subdued tones. That is not to say that all commercial tiles do though. Some are designed to create a real 'wow' and in a wide array of styles, designs and colours. It's a personal choice as to what will work best for each individual company.
Some companies even choose to mix patterns and colours and some incorporate their logos and slogans to give an original and eye-catching finish. We can advise you on the different styles that would look great in your workplace. Just give us a ring or send a quick email and we'll give you some good ideas.
Office Carpet Tiles
When you choose carpet tiles for your office, there are a few important things to bear in mind to ensure you get a good return on the investment you are making. Depending how much foot traffic your office typically experiences, choose carpet tiles that can retain their colour and appearance without succumbing to excessive wear.
You will also need to choose carpet tiles that have a high ‘castor chair rating’ that can withstand castor chair use throughout the day. Carpet tiles that resist showing wear and tear from castors, and avoid showing furniture marks and signs of daily drips and spills will be a huge asset to the appearance of your office and will represent fantastic value for money.
If you choose a cheaper carpet tile for your office, one that isn’t really up to the job and doesn’t have the specification to meet the demands of busy office life, chances are that the office tiles will need replacing within 12 months.
Finally, you will want to choose carpet tiles from a range of professional colours and carpet tiles for offices and other commercial buildings typically come in colours that suit these professional environments. It is always a good idea to talk about your project with a commercial flooring expert to get some advice before you make the wrong decision about which office carpet tiles to buy.
Kitchen Carpet Tiles
Carpet tiles in kitchens are very popular indeed. They provide a warm, non-slip surface and help reduce noise and breakages. China and glass break less easily when dropped onto a carpet tiled floor than if dropped onto vinyl or ceramic tiles and in multi tenanted buildings, the noise reduction properties of carpet tiles are hugely beneficial.
It is best to choose a carpet tile for your kitchen that is water and stain resistant to avoid any problems with mildew and water damage especially around the sink and cooking areas or in utility rooms. Our Urban Space Range is especially suitable.
If you are intending to lay your carpet tiles over an existing vinyl surface, use a recommended cleaning agent to clean the sub floor well before you start to lay your kitchen carpet tiles.
Then choose a suitable tackifier or adhesive to make sure the tiles stay securely on the floor once they’ve been fitted.
On the other hand, if you intend to remove the existing flooring, you will need to create a level sub floor before you can lay the new carpet tiles. Treating rough underlying concrete with a levelling compound of a few millimetres is an easy process with the right product, but you must allow enough time for the compound to dry thoroughly.
Once the sub floor is prepared properly though, laying the tiles in your kitchen is just as simple as in any other area. So good luck and let us know if we can help in any way.
Bathroom Carpet Tiles
An attraction of carpeted bathrooms is that they feel warm in colder weather. However, as co-ordinated as they may be to a colour scheme, they can also cause some work and worry. Moisture for example, can wreak havoc on your bathroom carpet and cause mildew and rot and deteriorate quickly. Whether you decide to clean the carpet or replace it entirely, both options can be inconvenient and costly.
Potential home buyers often think that carpeted bathrooms look dated and unappealing. Generally, homeowners prefer their bathrooms to be fitted with linoleum, ceramics or other materials that hold up well against water and moisture. They like to be able to use household cleaning products to keep their bathroom floor clean and would rather walk on a cold floor that’s been thoroughly cleaned rather than a carpeted floor that can’t been cleaned so easily.
A great compromise to the bathroom flooring dilemma is to choose carpet tiles and our Urban Space Range is ideal. Carpet tiles are affordable and available in a wide variety of water-resistant materials and colours and the better quality ones can be cleaned with a mild bleach solution. They are also easy to install and simple to replace if they become damaged or suffer because of leaks or moisture.
You can replace any tiles adversely affected by simply taking them up and replacing them with new ones. So there is no need for a whole new carpet and no need to hire a carpet fitter or steam cleaner, which is why bathroom carpet tiles are such a popular choice.
Cleaning Your Carpet Tiles
Here are 4 good ways to clean your carpet tiles:
1. Clean up spills immediately by dabbing with kitchen roll, working carefully from the outside of the spill into the middle of the liquid.
2. An easy method is to sprinkle a powdered cleaning agent over your carpet tiles, brush in with a broom and leave it for half an hour. Then simply vacuum your tiles. The two advantages of using this method are that the flooring stays dry and you can clean just the dirty and marked areas without having to clean the whole floor.
3. You will sometimes though, get a better result if you spray a suitable wet detergent onto your carpet tiles. This will loosen any dirt embedded in the flooring and then you can easily use a brushing machine or a vacuum to bring your carpet tiles back to their former glory.
4. And finally, the deepest and most penetrating method is to use a water jet directly on your carpet tiles. But you have to be careful not to add too much water and also the equipment needed can be expensive to buy and maintain. Professional cleaning firms tend to use this method because it gives fantastic results and keeps their customers happy.