FAQs—Chevrolet Carpet Kit
- When looking for a Chevrolet carpet kit, I heard the words “molded” and “cut and bound” carpet. What is the difference between these types of carpet?
The cut-and-bound carpet kits are the ones used in most European vehicles until the mid ‘70s. Such carpet kits are made up of several pieces of carpet featuring an edging made from cloth or vinyl. To cover the entire floor area, each carpet piece is glued into place. Molded carpeting, on the other hand, usually comes as one or two large pieces of carpet that have undergone heating and then placed in a mold, shaping the carpet in such a way that all its portions conform to all curves and contours of the vehicle’s flooring.
- I am planning to replace my old Chevrolet carpet this coming weekend. Can you share some tips on how I can do it properly?
Carpet replacement isn’t much of a hard task. However, you have to carefully perform pre-fitment first to ensure that every carpet piece will be installed in the right location. Make sure that the new carpet pieces properly match the original before gluing them in piece. If there’s a need to remove the seats, door plates, and other components, follow the instructions in your manual on how to properly take these components off your ride. If you decide to reuse old molded underlayment or pads, make sure to clean up the old glue as well as those under-pads that have already deteriorated. You should also see to it that you’ll use just the right amount of carpet padding as over-padding can lead to improper carpet fit.
- Any tips on how I can maintain the cleanliness and tiptop condition of my Chevrolet carpet kit?
A good-quality vacuum can be your best friend. It is advised that you regularly vacuum the carpeting thoroughly. If there are suspicious spots, you can pre-treat them using an automotive stain remover. If you need to use an automotive carpet shampoo or multi-purpose cleaners, go for those that claim to be safe for carpeting, and make sure you’ll follow the product labels and manufacturer's directions. Scrub the carpet and allow it to dry. To make the drying process faster, leave your doors open for several hours. Just make sure that you shut off the interior lights by disconnecting the battery.
- When installing a new carpet, why is it advisable to temporarily install the hardware and screws on the floor?
There are cases when the new carpet that will arrive at your doorsteps are a bit larger for trimming. In such case, it’s advised that you temporarily put the screws and hardware in the floor for you to distinguish and mark the areas where new holes will be made (if necessary) once the carpet is in place. Position the new carpet on the floor, making sure it’s centered left to right as well as from front to back. Be sure that the heal pad is positioned right under the brake pedals. Start the installation in the center, carefully finding your way to the edges of the carpet.
- I read somewhere that prior to automotive carpet installation, it’s wise if I will first lay it out flat in the sun for several hours. Why is that so?
This is advisable if the carpet comes with folds and creases. Putting the carpet under the sun for a couple of hours will allow the folds to smooth out, and, therefore, become easier to deal with. While you are warming the carpet up, you can save time and get started with your task by disconnecting the negative battery cables to turn off the interior lights.
- When removing the seats during Chevrolet carpet kit installation, the seat didn’t pop up. What could be the problem with this?
If that’s the problem, there may be some kind of clip or latch in the center of every passenger cushion. Shine a flashlight for you to find such latch or clip. There should be a push pin in there to release the seat. Most of the time, the upper rear seat is hung on a bracket at the top and secured by fasteners on the bottom.
- What is a loop carpet and a cut-pile carpet, and how do they differ from one another?
The loop carpet is manufactured by pushing fibers through a backing material to create a loop that appears on the carpet’s surface. After creating the loops, the material is then placed into a machine that provides the back of the carpet with a certain type of coating to lock the fibers. Cut pile carpet, on the other hand, is manufactured the same way, but with one procedure added—the shearing off the top of the carpet.
5 Reasons Why It’s Important to Get a Chevrolet Carpet Kit
You may be wondering why you still need to install a Chevrolet carpet kit in your Chevy when the floors already have some kind of carpeting anyway. The number one reason is for your vehicle's flooring to have additional protection against dirt and debris that you and your passengers track in. Carpets are the perfect integration of style and protection for your precious rides. There are various options for you when it comes to carpet kits-from different colors and styles-so it's easy to find something that suits your needs. Below are some of the advantages that you can get from installing a carpet kit in your Chevy:
Excellent in trapping dirt and moisture
Carpet kits are made from durable materials and are designed to easily trap spillage and dirt. Spilling coffee or soda or even water will no longer be a major concern because these carpet kits have ridges that catch any spillage or dirt and prevent them from getting on the interior panels. So whether you live in an area with lots of rains or dust and sand, you don't have to worry about debris ruining your vehicle's interior.
Really easy clean up
Since the purpose of installing a Chevrolet carpet kit is to keep your vehicle's flooring free from damage caused by dirt and debris, you'd be glad to know that one of the benefits it offers is easy clean up. These carpet kits are designed to trap dirt and debris so they don't end up on the vehicle's floor. Dirt and other matter that ends up on the floor can scratch and damage the panels, so you'd have to vacuum them or brush them out manually. But, if you have carpets, they can easily be removed from the vehicle and brushed or washed off.
Great at preventing wear from foot friction
Besides making your vehicle look great, Chevrolet carpet kits also provide real protection against the many culprits that can permanently damage the appearance and value of your vehicle. Spills, stains, mud, and foot friction are barred from damaging the interior when you have carpet floor mats.
Prevents mold and mildew
If you live in an area with a lot of rain or snow, you definitely need carpet kits in your vehicles. You should know that mold and mildew thrive in warm, moist areas. Now, during winter or rainy season, you and your passengers can track in all those wetness, which will be absorbed by the interior floors. Add the hot blasts of the vehicle's heater and you have the perfect environment for the growth of fungus that will breed mold and mildew. Carpets are designed to either repel liquids or absorb them so they don't seep into the interior carpeting of the vehicle.
Fosters an odor-free vehicle interior
Dirt and water are not the only things you have to deal with when it comes to protecting the interior panels of your vehicle. Food spills and fungus, when not cleaned, are among the culprits of having a vehicle interior with unsanitary smell. Getting a set of tailored car mats for your Chevrolet will go a long way towards easily cleaning spills and fungus and creating sanitary, odor-free interiors.