While not required, KangaTOOLS are available
and recommended for the installation of Kanga attached cushion
carpets. There are two professional models available
a Seam Cutter and a Wall Trimmer. These tools were designed
specifically for the installation of attached cushion products.
They allow for easier and cleaner cuts to be made and therefore
better seams can be achieved with the use of KangaTOOLS. The
new cutting blade angle is the key to KangaTOOLS. Due to this
unique angle the KangaTOOLS will compress and slice
the cushion instead of tearing it. It also allows for longer
2. With the use of these tools it allows the carpet to
be cut from the face side just like a standard installation
would be done.
the carpet to acclimate to the environment in which it is to be
installed. This may take from two to twenty four hours depending
on the style and outside weather conditions. In general carpet
should become acclimated to its environment in approximately two
hours. Carpet should be rolled out, face up, into the room it
is to be installed in for acclimation purposes. As you know, if
carpet has been stored in a cold warehouse or environment or is
entering a cold environment (less that 65° F) it will require
longer times for acclimation. The environment (rooms, basements,
etc.) should be between 65° F and 95° F with humidity
levels between 10% and 65% for at least two hours prior to the
start of the acclimation time period. (Please see the Carpet and
Rug Institutes Standard
for Installation of Residential Carpet - CRI 105-2002
for further recommendations) Note: Also follow acclimation procedures
for any adhesive or seam sealer required by the manufacturer.
acclimation, you may go ahead and cut the Kanga carpet to fit
the room. This can be done because no stretching or tackstrip
is required for the Kanga system. Due to the cushion being attached
during the manufacturing process it is a stabilized product that
does not require stretching. REMEMBER TO ALLOW AT LEAST
TWO (2) INCHES OF OVERLAP FOR SEAMS. DEPENDING ON STYLING OR CONSTRUCTION
OF THE CARPET SEAMS MAY NEED TO BE MADE FIRST.
2. Fold one-half of the carpet
back over itself exposing the floor surface. Using a premium
multi-purpose adhesive apply a nine (9) to twelve (12) inch
path of adhesive around the perimeter of the room using a trowel
that is recommended by the adhesive manufacturer. (Generally this
is a 3/32 x 3/32 x 3/32 trowel).
Next apply a path of adhesive from each corner of the room to
the middle forming a V toward the center of the room.
Fold the carpet back into the adhesive smoothing it out from the
center toward the walls. Repeat the process for the other half
of the room. This will provide full perimeter adhesion and an
X from corner to corner.
4. Full spread adhesive can
also be utilized with this Kanga backing system, however
it will most likely be harder to remove when the replacement time
if there is to be a seam in the room you must have at least two
(2) inches of overlap in the seam area. A little more may
2. As you well know, if seams
are required it is very important to ensure that the second
piece of carpet runs in the same direction as the first piece.
(Pile in same direction)
3. Trim the first piece by
row cutting the edge. NOTE: Factory edges may not be straight,
(and usually are not - ).
4. If the new carpet is a
Cut-Pile or Cut-Loop style you will most likely want to row cut
the first side of the seam and trace cut the other side of the
5. If the new carpet is a
Straight-Loop or Berber style you will most likely want to row
cut both sides of the seam.
6. It would be preferable
to use the multi-purpose adhesive in the seam area. Just run a
trowel width of adhesive down the center of the seam. However,
if it is necessary, hot melt seaming tape may be used for a seam.
The Kanga backing will not melt or break down from the use of
seaming irons. The one thing that may happen if an older iron
is being used, without a Kool-Top shield, the polyurethane cushion
may slightly discolor at the point of contact. Again, no cushion
damage should occur with seaming irons.
7. Dont forget seam
sealer. The Kanga attached cushion system allows
for the nozzle of the seam sealer bottle to be placed down between
the cushions and a good bead of seam sealer applied in the seam
NOTE: Our suggestion would
be to slightly angle the blade inward toward the carpet at about
a 5° (degree) back cut into the cushion to prevent seam peaking.