Things to Remember when Installing Self-Adhesive Floor Plastic
When you’re having work done on the house, you might get concerned about your flooring and your carpets. Your concern is not misplaced—construction, especially when paint is involved, can permanently damage your floor or stain your carpets. You can prevent problems like this easily with floor plastic.
Floor or carpet plastic is a self-adhesive cover for your floors and carpets. This sheet will serve as the first line of defense between the remodeling job and your prized floor. Without this, paint might drip on your floor, or dust might make your carpet fade. Plastic covers are very important in keeping your floors and carpets in good condition, but most people make several mistakes in installing it. Here are a few pointers that you might want to keep in mind when installing floor and carpet plastic sheets.
Carpet plastic is installed by stretching it over the area that you need to cover. Some people try to hasten this process by sticking the plastic cover on one end and then running to the other end with the roll high in the air. This would make the plastic film less effective. It should be installed by sticking one end of the roll to the edge of the carpet and slowly unrolling it while applying pressure on the sheet.
Carpeting should also be completely dry to ensure efficient bonding. To make sure that your carpet is in the best condition for the plastic, vacuum it first and let it sit for a couple of hours before installing the plastic. This way, there wouldn’t be any foreign material—like moisture or dust—that would stop the adhesive on the plastic from bonding with the carpet material.
You should also remember that, like any other adhesive product, floor plastic is pressure-sensitive. This means that you have to apply pressure when unrolling the plastic film. Too little pressure would mean that the cover would not get a good grip on your carpet and might shift when walked on.
When installing floor plastic, don’t install it on just the part of the floor that you think would be affected by the construction. By covering only one part of a carpet, for example, the uncovered part will most likely be lighter in shade when you remove the cover. This is because of microscopic dust particles that float around during construction and finally settle on your uncovered floor.
Floor plastic is made of different materials, depending on what type of floor or carpet it needs to cover. Be sure to talk to an authorized retailer about your floor cover needs. For more information, you can visit CarpetBuyersHandbook.com or HouseFlippingHelper.com.
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