Installing a Flatweave Stair Runner
Flatweave does not have a stiff backing like carpet and must be installed using specialised combination crumbed rubber/felt underlay and Microplast smoothedge which has a Velcro layer instead of pins. Normal carpet grippers will damage your runner and not have a sufficient hold on the material. An experienced installer will be able to twist the runner around winding stairs making sure the patterns line up with neatly sewn mitres on landings. A project in the wrong hands can be costly and sometimes require complete replacement. Below are examples of poorly installed stair runners by carpet layers using incorrect underlays and smoothedge resulting in loose fitting, premature ware and visible staples through the top.
Flatweave stair runners should always be installed by a professional with experience in flatweave techniques (not a regular carpet fitter), using specialist materials.
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