Seattle Public Schools – Self Help Facilities Projects
Guidelines: Carpet Removal and/or Installation
Date revised: 01/06
Questions? Call the Self Help Coordinator at 252-0637
• From the perspectives of maintenance, operations and recycling, a hard surface floor covering is preferred instead
of carpet. But, if carpet is deemed appropriate for the area you have in mind, please follow these guidelines.
• Self Help Application for Project Approval http://www.seattleschools.org/area/facilities/SelfHelp/Overview.pdf
is required for carpet removal and/or installation.
• Carpet must meet Class A or Class 1 fire rating for schools.
It is suggested you obtain estimate/quote from at least three vendors. The following are
manufacturers/vendors that offer carpet that meets District standards.
Philadelphia - Carpet Exchange, Mike Bean, 206-947-0909. Type: Camden Harbor with Stylok backing.
• Collins & Aikman - Chas Beresford Co., 206-284-6658
• Mannington - 800-241-2262, ext. 8510
• Blue Ridge Commercial Carpet – Brian Spitzer, 206-930-9673.
• Shaw S/C – Arthur Elbling, 206-954-3543.
Lees - Allied Flooring, 281-9770. Type: Lees Faculty 4; prefer Jewel Blue.
• An alternate manufacturer may be considered. The carpet must meet Class A or Class 1 fire rating and
district specifications. Please submit a copy of carpet specifications for our review and approval.
• The installing contractor must be on the District’s Small Works Roster
If an existing carpet will be removed:
• The underlying floor must be inspected by District Facilities staff. If the underlying floor covering is tile, it
must be tested by Facilities staff to determine if it contains asbestos -- often when old carpet is removed,
floor tiles come up with the carpet. During Facilities’ inspection, the mastic will also be reviewed and tested
for asbestos content.
If the tile contains asbestos, volunteers may no