An affordable and comfortable flooring option is carpet. However, If you decide to use carpet in your home it won’t have the same lifespan as hardwood or stained concrete, but before you decide it is time to replace it, consider the benefits of carpet stretching to repair it. You should employ this strategy when you notice small ripples or areas of the carpet bunched together, not only because it is unsightly but also because it is a tripping hazard.
What causes carpet bunching or ripples?
Normal carpet wear, sliding around heavy furniture, playing with a pet or exceptionally high foot traffic can cause a carpet to bunch in some places or ripple. Installation or manufacturing mistakes can also result in these flaws. Carpet is made of four layers.
The first layer is the yarn that you walk on. The second layer is the primary backing. The third layer is a secondary backing, and each layer is held together by a latex adhesive. Since the adhesive generally contains a type of clay made out of marble dust, it absorbs moisture and expands. When this happens, the expansion will cause a buckle.
Applying new carpet in the winter can also increase the risk of ripples. When it is cold, the carpet backing is stiff and difficult to stretch. When the warm summer months approach, the backing will relax, and then bubbles will appear in the carpet. While the problem seems minor, if it is not addressed it can cause more extensive rippling and eventually need replacement.
Why consider carpet stretching
Carpet stretching can solve many issues with minimal expense. Stretching will help the carpet look flush again. It will also make the cleaning process more effective because quality cleaners and vacuums will pull the loose fabric causing more damage to the flooring. Stretching will lengthen the lifespan because it pulls the underlying warp and it redistributes the patterns of wear. The process is fairly simple, and homeowners usually don’t need to remove all the furniture from a room.
How does it work?
Carpet cleaning professionals use a power stretcher for most of the work. A smaller stretcher, also known as a knee kicker, is used for tight corners. The padding tack boards are replaced to create a new base. After the excess carpet is removed, the flooring is secured against the wall with a staple gun. During the stretching process, it is possible to patch stains or holes in the carpet.
Who can help?
While it is possible to DIY a carpet stretching project, we recommend hiring a professional who has experience and the necessary tools that reduce the likelihood of mistakes, such as broken seams or additional damage to the material. If you have any other questions, Sooner Carpet can answer them, or hire us to tackle the project for you.