Check the floor to make sure it's clean and dry. Wash if necessary.
Vacuum the floor to remove all loose dust, dirt and debris.
Put on your safety goggles. Measure and mark the middle points of opposite walls.
Snap chalk lines at the points so you have two lines that intersect in the center of the room.
Start laying the TrafficMASTER carpet tiles at the center of the room. Lay the first four tiles down so they make a square.
Peel the backing strip off the first tile. Position it so its right edge is on the line.
Press the carpet tile firmly in place.
Peel the backing strip off the second tile. Position it beside the first tile.
Press it down firmly. Lay the third and fourth carpet tiles down.
Lay the remaining TrafficMASTER Carpet Tiles down around the remainder of the room. Use a utility or carpet knife to trim or cut tiles to fit.
Use a carpenter's square to help you cut straight edges or angles.
Things You Will Need
- Safety goggles
- Vacuum cleaner
- Tape measure
- Chalk line
- Trash can
- Utility or carpet knife
- Spare blades
- 24-inch carpenter's square
- If the floor is painted, check to make sure the paint is bonded to the floor so the carpet tiles will stay in place. Do this test at several places: press one end of a strip of sticky tape (such as duct tape) on the floor while you hold the other end. Pull the tape up quickly. If the paint stays intact, it's okay to lay TrafficMASTER carpet tiles over it. If the paint lifts up with the tape, the floor needs to be stripped first.
- Change the blades in the utility or carpet knife as soon as they become dull. It's easier to cut carpet with a sharp blade.