FAQs— GMC Carpet Kit
- I ordered a molded carpet kit for my GMC, but it has some kind of “curls” when it arrived. What can I do to eliminate these curls so I can install the carpet properly and more easily?
You can “uncurl” the new carpet by unrolling it and allowing it to sit on a flat surface for at least two hours. It will be easier for the carpet material to go back to its molded shape if the temperature in the area you place it on is warm. With your hands, you can also try to push back the contoured portions of the carpet into their molded shape.
- Just got back from a weekend getaway with my family. When cleaning my ride, I saw a small tear on the carpet. Any tips on how to fix this to prevent it from getting bigger?
You can fix a small tear by stitching it. To do this correctly, you first need to vacuum the area around the tear. Get a string with a color that matches your carpeting, thread the needle, and use that in running a stitch from one side of the tear to the other side to close the tear.
- I know that once I created holes on my GMC capet kit, it will not be acceptable for return. Can you give me some tips on how I can verify if the one I got is perfectly sized and shaped to fit my GMC’s floor panel?
You can do that by simply laying your new carpet on top of the old one and compare their size and shape. If the old carpet is so torn and damaged for such, you can just dry-fit your new carpet over the floor pan of your GMC. That way, you can easily tell if it’s too small for the floor of your ride or if it’s too long and necessitates a little cutting.
- After removing the old carpet, I noticed that my GMC’s floor pan isn’t really in good condition. How can I prepare it for carpet installation?
Sweep or vacuum the floor pan to get rid of any loose dirt. If there are rust spots, make sure to treat them. Remember that rust never sleeps, and if you ignore it, it will slowly eat up the floor panel. Deal with rust spots using stiff wire brush and a mild solvent. If you notice tar-based goops on the floor, do not remove them unless you’re taking your car to the racetrack. Those goops are placed there to help absorb heat and sound.
- A friend told me to never use a power drill when making holes in my new GMC carpet kit. Why is that so?
It isn’t advisable to use a power drill when making holes on your carpet as it is too powerful of a tool for any type of carpet material. There are two things that could possibly happen if you use a power drill—it’s possible for the threads of the carpet to wrap around the drill bit, causing the carpet thread to unravel. Or the drill bit will grab the carpet, making it wrap around the drill. If you’re not fast enough to control the drill, the carpet will also wrap around your hand.
- After failing to put back the mats before driving off and spending the night driving with my friends, I noticed the next morning that my GMC’s carpet has an unsightly cigarette burn. How can I get rid of that?
You can eliminate such by vacuuming the affected area, lifting the burned fibers of the carpet material using tweezers, and trimming them. Continue trimming until there’s no burned fibers left. Vacuum the area to remove all the trimmed fiber and other loose dirt before assessing the appearance of the affected area.
- I’ve already laid my new GMC carpet in a flat, warm surface for almost 3 hours but there are still some wrinkles. Is it okay if I proceed with the installation even if some of the wrinkles have not relaxed yet?
Yes, those wrinkles are normal and if you install the carpet properly, it will just regain and maintain its molded shape. During installation, you can choose to apply adhesive on the floor for better, smoother fit. This will also make the carpet less likely to move no matter how much the foot traffic is on the cabin.