Conventional Installation Using Gripper Strips (Stretch-in)

All Airstep commercial underlays should be installed in accordance with best industry practices and relevant Australian and New Zealand Standards.
Airstep underlay should only be laid on clean, dry, flat surfaces.
If you are replacing old, existing carpets, after uplifting old carpet and underlay, inspect all perimeter gripper fixing strips, ensuring the appropriate commercial type is in place. Adequate power stretching forces cannot be achieved if the perimeter gripper strips are not of
If necessary, replace all old gripper strips. If necessary, all strips with flattened or rusted pins or alternatively, poorly secured strips, should be removed and replaced to ensure adequate anchorage for power stretching and fixing of taut tensioned carpet.
When the perimeter gripper strip security and condition has been addressed, the floor should then be scraped and cleaned to remove any residual latex and deposits of previous underlay materials. In the case of timber or composite flooring materials, remove any staples, tacks or
Sweep the floor surface to remove dust, dirt, granular particles and to expose all floor blemishes such as chips, cracks, gaps, ridges or other surface scars.
Patch all unacceptable locations with appropriate filler or levelling compound as accepted for best industry practices.
Some timber floors may have cross width cupping of floorboards or a level variation where replacement boards have been removed or replaced. In such instances, sanding may be necessary before filling gaps etc with appropriate timber filler.
In the case of new buildings with slab concrete floors, floor preparation and moisture checks should be undertaken in compliance with Australian Standards. Fixing of new gripper strips around the perimeter and adjacent to pillar surfaces should be carried out using a combination of nailing and an approved securing adhesive, to provide the optimum trouble-free long term security.

LAYING THE CARPET – Conventional Installation

The selected carpet should be removed from the protective packaging and rolled out over the positioned underlay to condition for the period nominated by the carpet manufacturer.
Position the carpet over the underlay, ensuring that all pattern and style features are true and straight in all directions. Use a knee kicker to assist, ensuring that the pins are sharp and adjusted, to avoid damage to the carpet surface pile.
Commence seaming process by cutting and fitting prior to fusing heat bond seaming tape to join, or alternatively cold bond tape, taking care to maintain an all-direction pattern and design match. Ensure that seams are close fitting, and, where woven or cut selvedges are concerned, that they do not overlap in the seaming process.
Power stretching in a linear and cross width direction – to achieve the desired level of tension for the carpet – should be carried out compliant with the manufacturer’s recommendation.
The final process is to brush all seams to release any caught-down pile or loose yarn, and vacuum as required.