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Competencies covered

MSFFL2017: Install carpet cushion underlays and gripper accessories

MSFFL2018: Install unpatterned tufted and bonded carpet floor coverings


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The idea of using a cushioned layer underneath carpet came from the days when cushioning was put under floor rugs to make them feel softer underfoot.

As wall-to-wall carpet became more popular in the 20th century, it became standard practice to put cushioning underneath the carpet.

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Underlay provides several benefits to a carpet installation.

In addition to the added comfort, it also improves sound dampening, insulation against heat and cold, and the carpet's resistance to wear and tear.

In this section, we'll look at the different types of cushion underlay that are available on the market and the way they are classified.

We'll also discuss the installation techniques used to lay the most common types.

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Completing this section

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The assignment for this section covers some of the details relating to the practical demonstration installations you will be asked to carry out.

Have a look at the Assignment to see what you'll need to do to complete it.

There are three lessons in this section:

  • Properties and classifications

  • Types of cushion underlays

  • Laying techniques.

These lessons will provide you with background information relevant to the assignment.

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