IINSTALLATION GUIDELINES FOR WOVEN PRODUCTS
(Face to Face & Wilton Constructions)
- End user should be made aware of applicable, natural characteristics of the construction being installed prior to installation.
- We recommend this product be installed by a professional CFI qualified installer using CRI104 or CRI105 guidelines unless otherwise specified in this document.
- IMPORTANT: Before cutting, the carpet should be visually inspected for any defect or flaw. The carpet should be checked against the shipping papers, labels, and store sample to ensure it is the correct pattern, color, and size. Any noted defect or discrepancy should be immediately reported to the Stanton Claims Department.
- Allow carpet to acclimate to room conditions for at least 24 hours before installation. Ideally, the temperature should be between 65 to 95 degrees F (18 to 35 degrees C). Extreme variances in temperature can cause difficulties during installation.
- It is the owner or general contractor’s responsibility to check concrete sub floors for excessive levels of alkaline and for moisture. According to CRI guidelines the recommended ph for alkalinity is between 5 and 9. Readings greater than 9 will result in adhesive failure. Moisture levels can be checked by a calcium chloride testing kit, Readings between 3 to 5 pounds are in the acceptable level.
- Stanton’s recommended pad or cushion is 40 ounce synthetic felt pad or a flat rubber pad with minimum density of 18 pounds.
- The cushion should be attached to the floor, ensuring that no carpet seam will be traveling parallel within 6” of the cushion seam.
- Stanton requires commercial or architectural tackless to be used (either C or D pin). Strips should be placed ¼” from walls.
- All products with repetitive patterns require that installations involving multiple rolls be sequenced, installing rolls with the longest pattern repeat first and moving towards installing rolls with shorter repeats last. This will allow shorter pattern repeats to be stretched to fit longer ones.
- For optimum side match and finished seam appearance, this product should be installed whenever possible with the seams running perpendicular to major (outside) lighting sources.
- Ensure that patterns are squared and aligned during the initial layout and continue throughout the seaming and power stretching procedures.
- All cut edges (seams, transitions, and openings) should be sealed with a premium latex seam sealer to prevent raveling and fraying. Seam sealer is required on both stretch-in and glue-down installations.
- Using a double head power stretcher or dead man, pre-stretch the seam area if needed to get a proper pattern match. Use stay nails to hold the pattern match and begin the seaming.
- As with all woven products, Stanton strongly recommends that all seams be hand-sewn using lock stitches ½” apart. In the event hand-sewing is not an option, the method described below should be followed.
- Stanton recommends that a high quality 6” seaming tape be used to attain a good bond at the seam and to lessen peaked seams and “bird winging”.
- Seams should be row cut. After determination is made on where the seams are to be trimmed, use an awl or flat screwdriver to open a row. Use a loop pile or cushion back cutter to trim the row. All seams should be sealed.
- Seaming iron setting should be set initially on a low setting, then gradually increased as needed. Carpets should be seamed with the lay of the carpet on top of a hard surface, such as a seaming board. A non heat conductive weight should be used to smooth the seam. Star tractors are not recommended.
- Once the seam has cooled, the carpet can be stretched in and installed using stay nails to begin or by using the tackless strip as a starting point. Never stretch more than 36” at a time.
- Some seams may require spot tacking or sewing in extreme cases of pattern stretch. Stanton woven carpets can safely be stretched 1% - 1.5% in the length.
- Direct glue down and double glue installations require premium adhesives. Follow the adhesive supplier’s recommendation on trowel size, and pad requirements for double glued installs. In both procedures, the adhesive must be given proper open time and allowed set up. It should be stringy or tacky before laying in the carpet. The carpet should never be laid in wet.
- Seams on patterned carpet should be matched in the center of the seam first and then stretched to match from the center outward to both sides. The use of a dead-man, crab stretcher, double-headed power stretcher, and stay nails may be required. No seams are invisible, consumer expectation should be realistic.
- Whether tackless or glue down, the installation should conform to all CRI 105 or CRI 106 guidelines.
- Please contact Stanton’s’ Technical Department at 706-624-9385 with any questions or concerns.