Carpet stretching is a way of repairing the carpet. It involves pulling the carpet from one or two edges of the room, and re-stretching it until it becomes tight. You then cut off the extra length and tuck it back along the edge.
The moment your carpet starts to look like the oceans waves, or like it has bumps on it, that is when it needs a bit of stretching to prevent it from rippling and wearing faster. The carpet is supposed to lay flat on the floor without moving at all. If it becomes loose, it definitely needs some stretching.
Phases of Carpet stretching
It is done in two phases:
- During the initial installation
- During carpet repair
Stretching at the time of installation ensures that the carpet lays flat and that it holds the floor tightly. During the repair however, stretching helps remove the waves and bumps that might have developed over time.
What makes the Carpets ripple?
There are a number of factors that cause carpets to ripple. They include:
- Poor installation
Sometimes a carpet may ripple due to the poor installation i.e., the installer failed to use a power stretcher or did not use it at all. In such cases, the carpet will become loose within a short time and as a result, develop a few buckles.
- Sliding heavy furniture
Sliding of furniture across the carpet will cause rippling of the carpet since it is made of layers of fabric that should be handled with care.
- Improper padding
The different types of carpets require specific types of padding depending on the type of pile. If you use the wrong padding, the carpet may lose grip, making it buckle and ripple. Proper carpet padding has many advantages providing essential support to your carpet.
- Tearing of the latex
When the latex that holds the back of the carpet wears off, the carpet automatically loses its grip and gets unconstrained thus causing it to lose the fibers and then ripple.
- Room traffic
The carpet may have been installed properly but later loosens up due to high traffic. Walkers, wheelchairs, and tricycles cause rippling, necessitating carpet stretching.
Carpet Stretching Tools
A professional carpet repairer has all the tools needed but if you prefer doing it yourself, you can get these tools. They include:
- Knee stretcher/Kicker– this is a tool with a grip, that attaches to the carpet and to the pad on the other end.
- Stair tool– it looks like a chisel and it tucks in the carpet after cutting it to the right size.
- Carpet Awl– it looks like an ice pick and it is used to separate the carpet from the tack strip.
- Staple gun– the tack strip may not hold down the carpet well, that is why a staple gun or electric stapler is needed.
- Slotted blade knife– it is a knife used for trimming excess carpet from the edges.
- Power carpet stretcher– it is an essential tool in the whole process of carpet stretching. It is adjustable to any room size and it makes the carpet stretch more effectively than doing it by hands or knees.
The process of carpet stretching is simple but you need to know your type of carpet and also inquire the number of times that you can stretch it without destroying it. Try it today!