No matter how careful car owners may be, sometimes it is necessary to change the carpeting in their cars. Car carpeting experiences a high level of use and can become worn in areas. If a worn part of the carpet includes frayed edges or loose threads, passengers' shoes can become entangled in the fibres, causing a safety issue. Additionally, carpeting in a car often experiences water damage or stains from spills. This type of damage from moisture can be unsightly, but more importantly, it can lead to the formation of mould within the car. Carpet replacements can be found at local car specialty shops and on websites like eBay that carry a wide range of automotive parts. Buyers should understand the proper method for changing car carpeting, however, before they shop.
Determine Car Carpeting TypeTo match the needs of customers, car manufacturers and aftermarket companies offer a number of different types of car carpeting options. In some cases, owners of popular car models can purchase carpeting moulded to fit the exact dimensions of a car. Purchasing this type of carpet has time-saving benefits and also eliminates the need for buyers to cut the carpeting themselves. If pre-moulded carpeting is not available, buyers must purchase carpet in rolls or sheets.
Car Carpet BackingCar carpet manufacturers apply various backings to their carpets that can affect how much the carpeting costs. Although buyers may be tempted to choose the least expensive carpeting choice, they should know that they may need to purchase additional carpeting accessories to achieve a perfect fit when it is time to install the carpeting.
Types of Car Carpet Backings
|Padded carpet backing||Contains a rubber foam that is attached to the underside of the carpet
Helps to increase the sound insulation within a car
Frequently more expensive than carpets with plain backings
|Plain carpet backing||Contains only the woven fibre base of the carpet
To add a layer of waterproof protection, manufacturers coat the back of the carpet with thin plastic
Generally less expensive than carpets with padded backings
If buyers choose plain carpet backing for a car that originally had padded carpeting, they must purchase a separate layer of padding to recreate the same fit. Since separate padding is not cut or moulded, buyers need to complete an additional step in the carpet installation process to prepare the padding.
Another point that buyers should be aware of concerning carpet backings is that it is impossible to determine whether carpeting has padding by looking at its upper surface. Car carpet manufacturers often offer both padded and plain versions of the same carpet. Because of this, buyers may mistakenly believe a carpet has padding if they have seen versions of the carpet that included a rubber foam backing. To avoid purchasing the wrong type of carpet, buyers should always read the carpet's specifications to understand how it was constructed.
Prepare the Carpeting for InstallationOnce buyers have their replacement carpeting at home, they should take it out of its box and lie it out on a flat surface so it can rest. Since the carpet is typically bundled into a box, it takes some time, usually 48 hours or more, for it to regain its original shape. This process should be completed for pre-moulded carpets or uncut carpets. If buyers want to speed up the process, they can place the carpet directly in warm sunlight, because heat can make the carpet assume its original shape faster.
Remove the Old Carpeting From a CarBefore a new carpet can be installed, the old carpeting needs to be removed. Buyers should start by taking the seats out of a car because most car carpets are installed under the bolts of the seats. To remove the seat, buyers typically need a wrench. Once the seats are free, any car components, like interior trims or panels that are used to fasten carpeting down, must be removed. In some cases, buyers simply need to pry the car parts away from their anchors with a flat screwdriver to release the part.
Once no obstructions remain to hold the old carpeting down, it can be lifted out of the car. Buyers should try to avoid cutting the old carpet because it can be used as a template to slice the new carpet into its desired shape. Clean any dirt that remains on the floor of the car once the old carpet is removed and make repairs to damaged areas of the car's body before moving onto the next stage of the installation process.