When installing carpet, like anything else, selecting the right clothing will make you more comfortable. This will make your job a lot more bearable.
Carpet installation by nature, causes clothing conflicts.
‘The temperature inside the installation area needs to be as high as possible to ensure the good stretching of the carpet. Still, the clothing needs to be long pants and long sleeves to protect against abrasions from rough carpet backing, snags on tack strip, etc.
Depending on the type of installation, various safety equipment is necessary.
Standard clothing required for carpet installation includes work pants, long sleeve shirt, and comfortable socks and shoes. The work pants should be durable and lightweight.
Most installers wear jeans or khaki work pants. Your shirt should have long sleeves and be durable enough to protect against the rough backing of the carpet when carrying it.
The backings range from a softback to sometimes extremely rough. A regular 80% cotton shirt will probably do fine. Shoes should be comfortable but inexpensive shoes due to the heavy wear of carpet work.
A sturdy pair of athletic shoes will be the best choice for most jobs, although some job sites will require you to wear steel-toed boots. Wear the right socks for the style of shoes worn.
The standard safety equipment varies from job to job. Safety goggles, knee pads, and gloves are the most common. Some jobs may also require hard hats, steel-toed boots, or respirators. Safety goggles are used when removing old flooring, hammering, using a pad stapler or electric tacker.
Some job sites require that they must be worn at all times. Any brand from the local hardware store will work, but some have extra features like anti-fogging lenses and different style choices.
Knee pads are helpful when nailing strips onto a concrete floor or gluing adhesive to large areas.
I personally find them to be too uncomfortable to wear during actual carpet installation, but I have seen a few mechanics wear them while installing.
Again any brand at the store will do fine, or like my old boss, you can duck tape pad to your knees when you are on a hard floor for a while.
Gloves are mainly worn when removing old flooring. They can be used when handling tack strips or rough carpets if desired.
Hard hats and steel-toed boots, along with safety goggles, are usually a must on large commercial jobs such as hotels or offices that are still under construction.
Another standard safety device is the respirator. They are most often used to remove old flooring, especially when removing asbestos tiles and a lot of dust on site.
Proper clothing and safety gear will significantly increase your comfort and protect you from harm. Weather conditions and company policies can also affect what clothing and safety equipment must be used on a particular job.
Of course, if you are doing it yourself, find what makes you the most comfortable without compromising safety. The most important thing to remember is to buy durable products that can withstand the abuse that carpet installation can cause or use disposable items.