Carpet Tiles – Revisited
January 15, 2014
In September of last year, I wrote a post about the benefits of using interlocking carpet tiles. It was an enjoyable article to write as I had a chance to see the fun and creative ways people chose to decorate their homes. Well as it turns out, it may have been a little too much fun for me. I got really excited about all the pictures I saw and how easy this flooring choice was to install. Now I too am the owner of a creatively wild carpet!
Needless to say, I did not create the color pattern myself. Artsy I am not. But I like cute, crazy things that match the personality of my three girls and I found the perfect design at FLOR.com. Now I will tell you right up front that these carpet tiles are not cheap. The cost ended up being about $750 dollars from start to finish … and that was with free shipping and 25% off. The install itself took about one full day and although I helped where I could, the actual cutting had to be done by my husband.
If you’re looking at using floor tiles for an area rug, or small space like an entry, then you could actually be done in about 30 minutes. We covered a fairly large room with a number of odd shaped angles, which explains both the price and the time involved in our personal experience. I should also add that the installation was headed by my perfectionist husband which may have added a bit extra to the time table as well.
We have used the formal dining room in our home as a play room for children since we moved in a little over 2 years ago. The room originally had beautiful white carpet, which we quickly replaced with tile before moving in. We thought we were so smart because tile would be so much easier to clean. Then one daughter went through a very artistic stage and we ended up with paint everywhere. Luckily it was washable paint, but I still had to get on my hand and knees to get it all cleaned.
Next, we used the carpet out of our neighbors’ house to protect the tile. They had the exact same room shape as ours and we considered it a great temporary solution to the continual mess on the floor. Again, it was a good idea but with one huge drawback … the playroom always looked awful. It is the very first room you see went entering our home and no matter how clean I kept it, the paint-on-carpet look just made the whole room look gross and dirty.
Well the girls are older now and not nearly as messy as they used to be. Time for another change! We got rid of the neighbors’ carpet remnant, admired our pristine tile floor beneath, and then got to work on covering it up again. This time with the new FLOR tiles. The great thing about this temporary floor is that the adhesive only sticks to the carpet tiles, not the tile floor it is resting on. So when it comes time to change things up again, we simply lift it up and once again admire our pristine tile floor, still in perfection condition, beneath.
The other great thing about these carpet tiles is that if one of them gets dirty, then you can remove it from its spot, clean it, and then replace it exactly where it was. I’m not sure how easy this process will actually turn out to be because we really put our carpet tiles together with a lot of pressure. Hopefully the theory will prove itself out in experience when the time comes.
The other thing to keep in mind is that although the manufacturer says you can steam clean these carpet tiles, I don’t plan to. I know that our equipment here at Aaron’s Quality Cleaners cannot be used on laminate flooring because the water gets so hot that it melts the glue that holds the laminate flooring down. My guess is that it would also melt the FLOR dots that are used to hold the carpet tiles together.
We are so happy with the outcome of our new floor that we are already making plans to use FLOR tiles for an area rug in the family room. Maybe something a bit more subtle though. We’ve been wanting to remove the built-in entertainment center, but don’t want to deal with the hassle of placing new tile that will continue our floor to the wall. Now we can simply put down a subfloor and then run the carpet tiles all the way from the wall to the back of the sofa. Voila!
I hope this article is helpful to anyone considering this kind of crazy flooring option! We are very happy with the result in our home.
Julie Rosenfeld serves as an Administrative Assistant for Aaron’s Quality Cleaners, a carpet-cleaning company that services the Fresno and Clovis (CA) areas. She is the author of “Julie’s Corner” and provides information and perspective on topics related to the carpet-cleaning industry.
Aaron’s Quality Cleaners performs carpet cleaning, tile cleaning, aggregate cleaning and upholstery cleaning in Fresno, Clovis, Madera and Sanger.