Installation – Residential Conventional Installation Using Gripper Strips (Stretch-in)

All Airstep underlays should be installed in accordance with best industry practices and relevant Australian and New Zealand standards.
Airstep underlays should only be laid on clean, dry, flat surfaces. Any subfloor imperfections should be addressed before your Airstep underlay is installed.
Rough timber floors can be sanded or filled.
Concrete floors can be levelled using a suitable levelling compound if required. Any subfloor imperfections will eventually mirror through to the surface of the carpet if not attended to before the carpet and underlay are installed. All Airstep underlays should be fixed to the subfloor with either adhesive or staples and all underlay joins should be taped with duct tape. When installing Airstep underlays, ensure that the Textron ‘Kraft’ paper is on the top as rolled, rubber waffle to the sub-floor. This prevents any movement of the underlay during the installation of the carpet. If the carpet installation is a refurbishment, all gripper strips should be checked to make sure that they are still serviceable.
When laying your Airstep underlay, it should always be run at 90º opposing direction to the carpet, wherever possible. If all of these criteria are met, you will now be ready to have your nice new carpet installed to your satisfaction. Airstep Australia Pty Ltd recommend that carpets should be power stretched to ensure that the correct tension has been applied to the carpet to help extend the life of the carpet.