Sisal is a Natural product and will release and absorb moisture so it can be tricky. If you lay Sisal on underfelt and use the conventional method it may start to bubble or pull away from the wall. If you do the preferred and recommended method below you should be happy with your installation.
Required for Job
- Airtread underlay (Yellow Like Foam). This you can get from carpet wholesalers like Fotakis, Wonder Flooring and Kevin Bates etc. Check the yellow pages.
- Qualichem 298A glue from Qualichem
- Gripper Rods
- Contact glue
- Knee kicker and bolster
- Aluminium Naplock for entrances or openings
- Nail double row of gripper rods around the edges. Make sure that the gripper rod is 5-10mm from the wall for space to allow the Sisal edges to be chopped down so fibre does not spring up. Assure attention to detail .
- Fix aluminium Naplock to passage or opening to next room.
- Cut airtread to size of room up to gripper rods and lay over the surface with grooved airtread side facing down.
- Pull back half the airtread and glue to the screed. Fold back the airtread over the glued area and pull back the other side. Glue again to screed and fold back. Airtread is now secure. Make sure that there is sufficient adhesion of glue to airtread by walking all over, otherwise use a small roller or pipe to roll over the airtread.
- Lay the cut sisal over the area and use heat bond tape and iron to join the selvedge if necessary. DO NOT cross join Sisal or Seagrass or any other Natural Fibre Flooring as these are woven carpets.
- Contact all round on the gripper rods
- Glue Sisal carpet down on top of Airtread and finish professionally with bolster chopping down to the wall. The Sisal will be secure and should not pull back or expand.
- Never skimp on Glue. If you do it properly it will look great for many years. See our website for cleaning instructions.