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How Can I Carpet Over Tile Without Damaging Tile? (Answered)

Your once shiny tile is looking a bit dull. Thinking of spicing it up with some of your magical renovation skills? Well, adding a beautiful carpet might just be your perfect option!

How can you carpet over tile without damaging tile?

First, start by cleaning your tile. Then measure and cut the excess. Finally, place the carpet and your adhesive on the tile and press it in. After following a few simple steps you’ll have a carpeted floor.

This was just a little overview. We know your curious brain wants to know more. So without further ado, let’s jump right to it!

How To Install Carpet Over Tile: 2 Foolproof Methods

Installing the carpet over tile is pretty simple. Much like covering asbestos tile with carpet. All you need to do is follow some simple rules. And you’ll have a beautiful carpet installed.

We actually have two methods for you. The first one is a little out of the box. The second is the conventional way, followed by most.

Method 1 of 2: Using Double Sided Tape

For all you DIYers out there, now’s your chance to shine. All you need is double-sided carpet tapes and your skills. So, let’s get into the process!

  1. Lay your carpet on the floor.
  2. Take your measurements and cut the excess material. 
  3. Pull up the carpet once you’re done. 
  4. Use the double-sided tape and apply them all over the perimeter. 
  5. Lay your carpet and make sure to press the edges. This will stick the adhesive to the carpet and the tile properly.

Extra tip: Make sure to use plenty of tape. This will better help stick the underpad to the tiling. And prevent the carpet from moving around.

Method 2 of 2: Using Tack Strips To Glue The Carpet

This is a more recommended technique when it comes to carpeting. This too has a similar process. Instead, this involves tack strips instead of tape. But don’t let this scare you. It takes about the same time as retiling a shower.

Now, let’s look at the tools you’re going to need for this:

  • Your Desired Carpet
  • Carpet Stretcher
  • Knee Kicker
  • Utility Knife
  • Tackless strips
  • Contact Cement
  • Ruler
  • Marker
  • Stair Tool

Wondering which tack strips will stick the best?  Here we have a list of the most recommended ones to help guide you:

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Now that we have our tools in place, let’s start the process! Oh wait, don’t forget to put on your gloves!

Step 1 of 3: Put The Tack Strips On The Perimeter Of Your Room

First, use your vacuum to clean the entire surface. Then take your favorite tile cleaner and clean all the dirt and gunk off the tile. 

Next, take your tack strips and pull out all the nails from them. Then use your contact cement to stick the cement onto the strips. After that, place the strips along the perimeters of your room.

The strips should be ¼ inches off the tile. Similar to the space between floor tile and tub. Following this measurement, keep placing the strips.

After that, wait for a minimum of 24 hours before moving forward.

Step 2 of 3: Measure Your Carpet And Cut The Excess

Lay the carpet on your floor without the underpad. Then take a ruler and measure your carpet. Here, leave 4 to 5 inches extra carpet just in case. After that, fold the excess. 

That’s your cue to trim.

Take your utility knife and start cutting. There you go! You’ve got your carpet ready.

Step 3 of 3: Install The Carpet And Stretch!

Ahh, finally the last step. Lay a line of latex glue in between the tile and the strip. Then place the carpet! 

Grab your stretcher and stair tool. Start from one side and use your stair tool to tuck the carpet in. Make sure the carpet is tucked in nicely between the wall and the strip. 

Then use your stretcher and press. The stretcher should be about 1 or 2  inches off the wall. Start from one side then move onto the other side. 

If you notice any bubbles or wrinkles, repeat this process. Finally, you’ve got a carpet covering your tile. 

There might be a time you don’t want the carpet anymore. You can just pull the carpet off the adhesive. Then just remove adhesive from the tile.

That’s about it. Simple, isn’t it?


Question: How do you fix a gap between tile and carpet?
Answer: First, you need to pull the carpet using a knee kicker. Then you’re going to tuck the excess under the gap. After that use the hooks and transition strip to hold it in place. Here, all done!

Question: Is it better to have tile or carpet?
Answer: Well, there are a few things we need to consider. When we take into account the cost, longevity, durability, and cleaning time, tile wins all the way. Plus it comes in a wide range, patterns, color, and finishes, unlike carpets.

Question: What flooring can you lay over tiles?
Answer: Besides carpeting, you can use laminate flooring. They go very well with tiles. Moreover, they don’t really require adhesive as they come with a padded underlayment. Plus it’s cheap and fast to install! 

Bottom Line

It was a fun day, wasn’t it? But sadly, we’ve to part ways. Hope this article helped you understand how to carpet over tile without damaging tile

For more information or help, contact a professional.

Have a great day renovating. Best of luck!