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Replacing carpet is not hard but it does involve many details that you need to know before doing it. Listed here are the most common questions about replacing carpet.

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Q. What Makes and Model are carpet sets available?

A. World Upholstery manufactures or supplies virtually any carpet set for any make or model (including SUVs and Vans) produced since the 1950's.

Q. What is the difference between loop carpet & cut pile carpet?

A. Loop carpet is loomed (manufactured) by pushing fibers through a backing material, this forms a loop that shows on the face of the carpet. The material is then passed through a machine that applies a coating to the back which locks the fibers. Cut pile carpet is made by the same process but one further step is made by shearing off the top. Different backings, quality and thickness as well as the density of fibers effect quality and cost. European automotive carpet is generally of a higher grade.

Q. What is the difference between "cut and bound" and "molded" carpet?

A. Cut and bound carpet sets, which were used in most European cars until the mid 70's, are comprised of several pieces of carpet each with an edging of either vinyl or cloth. Each piece is normally glued or snapped into place to cover the entire floor area of the car. All pieces of carpet that were originally supplied in the car are included in each set. Molded carpeting is usually supplied as one or two large pieces of carpet which has been heated and then placed in a mold to conform to all the contours of the cars floor.

Q. Can I buy molded carpet in the original material for my car?

A. Molded carpet for imported cars may not be available for all models. We import those that are available from the original European manufacturer but most discontinue providing it after a certain number of years. Cut and bound carpet sets are normally you're only alternative. Molded carpet sets for domestic cars are mostly available (if it is molded carpet originally), however they are available in domestic (American) cut pile carpet only.

Q. Can I install carpet in my car?

A. Carpet is not difficult to replace. Care should be taken in pre-fittment to insure that each piece is in the right location. Match up all pieces to original pieces before gluing. Removal after gluing will almost assuredly damage the errant carpet piece. Seats, door plates and some panels may have to be removed. Some molded underlayment (old pad) may have to be re-used. Clean up of old glue and deteriorated under-padding may be necessary. Spray contact Adhesive is recommended. Care must be taken in the replacement of carpet padding. Over padding may cause the improper fit of some components.

Q. My car originally had rubber mats as flooring, What do I do?

A. In many cases we can supply the replacement rubber mats. If you want to replace the areas originally covered in rubber with carpet, we can supply carpet supplements to match the rest of the carpet supplied. Carpet supplements are bound with the same materials as the original carpet and include heel pads where necessary.

Q. What type of carpet was originally supplied with my car?

A. European car manufacturers have used different carpet over the last 40 years.

  • Alfa Romeo generally used a wool wilton type material until the mid 1970 then began using both a nylon cut and loop pile.
  • BMW used squareweave carpet in a few of its very early models, gradually phasing in its own version of an monotone open loop blend carpet in all its models. By the mid 1970s, a more tightly woven two tone loop was used. In the mid 1980 BMW followed Mercedes in the use of Feintuft Velour.
  • Fiat used a cornrow loop nylon blend in its 124 spiders.
  • Jaguar used wool wilton in all of its XK models except for the late XKEs which used a flocked carpet. XJ6 & XJS models used wool wilton and a synthetic blend material known as PLP.
  • Mercedes-Benz used either square weave or a type of wool wilton carpet known as strae up to the early 1970s. They then switched to a wool blend carpet refered to as Import Loop which was replaced by another tightly woven cut pile carpet in the mid 1980s Feintuft Velour.
  • Porsche used squareweave carpet exclusively in their 356 models. With the introduction of the 911 in the late 1960s the factory continued with the use of this material for a short time. Perlon, a felt type of carpet, was offered along with squareweave in the early 911s. Squareweave had been phased out by the early 1970s and replaced by a wool wilton type of material known a Haargarn. Haargarn and Perlon were replaced in the mid 1970s by Sliverknit carpet which is still in use today. Most 924/944 and 928 models use a type of Feintuft Velour or Sliverknit carpet depending on the year.

Q. What do I need to do to keep carpet clean?

A. Vacuum the carpeting thoroughly. Then pre-treat any suspicious spots with an automotive stain remover. Spray on an automotive carpet shampoo or one of the multi-purpose cleaners that state they are safe for carpeting, always following the manufacturer's directions. Scrub and then let dry -- don't plan on driving for a while as drying could take several hours.

To speed the drying process, leave your doors open, but make sure you shut off the interior lights by sticking something in the door jamb that keeps the buttons closed, or disconnecting the battery.

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Over the years, different terminologies have been used for the same parts. To minimize confusion we've collected many of the different names to give customers some reference to the different Alfa Romeo, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Porsche, Ferrari, Fiat and Jaguar trim parts that vary in terminology around the world.

Convertible top = soft top, rag top, head, hood, hooding, soft window Targa top, retractable top, vinyl top, top boot, convertibles arriba, converteerbare boven
Carpet = rug, rugs, carpet kit, carpet set, molded carpet, cut and bound carpet.
Seating = seat kit, upholstery kit, leather upholstery, sport seat, recaro seat, vinyl seat, cloth seat, sitzkissen, perforated, perforiert, embossed, sitzpolsterung, imbottitura sedile, asiento tapizado
Sealing = rubber seals, weatherstrips, weatherseals, door seals, window seals, gaskets, dichtungsrahmen
Panels = door panels, linings, trimmings, coverings, sun visor, sunvisor, sonnenblenden, headliner, himmel bespannung, encabezando
Trunk = boot


Leather = hide, side, skin, cowhide, leder, cuero, Connolly, Roser, Bridge of Weir, cuoio, split
Carpet = Abetone, Dorsett, FTV, feintuft, loop, cut pile, Wilton, perlon, tufted, automatico de alfombras, teppich, tapijt, tapis
Vinyl = Spradling, China General, Freudenberg, MB Tex, ambla, leathercloth, rexine, hardura, ICI, vinyle, naugahyde
Topping = Happich, Stafast, STF, Aresma, Sonnendeck, Sunfast, dobby, lienzo, leinwand
Seat Pad =  rubber fiber pad, foam pad, gummihaarauflage, almohadilla
Sunvisor = sonnenblend, pare soleil, domenica visiera, zonneklep