Poor installation of carpet often leads to wrinkles in the carpet.
Sometimes water damage or simply aging can also produce similar effects
on the carpet. In such cases, carpet stretching becomes inevitable. You
should consider about stretching carpet as soon as first few wrinkles
begin to show
Delaying this job can damage the carpet permanently as the wrinkles
often lead to ripping and tearing of the carpet. Moreover, there are
chances of people tripping over it and getting themselves injured. To
check if the carpet needs to be stretched again, you need to lift it up
at the center and then snap it back. If it lays flat, you probably do
not need to stretch it. However, if it does not go back to its place,
then your carpet needs a stretching.
Carpet Stretching Tools
If you are planning to stretch the carpet yourself, you'll have to
arrange for the required carpet stretching tools such as, knee kicker
and power carpet stretcher. If you do not know how to work a power
stretcher, call a friend to help you out. Power stretcher is a device
with two components a lever and head. Lever butts against one end of
the carpet while head is to be moved around for stretching. Both these
instruments can be found at your local 'Hire Shop'.
How to Stretch Carpet Once, you have all the tools and supplies at hand, you can proceed with carpet stretching as per the following instructions.
Switch on the power carpet stretcher and start working from the center of the carpet.
Work on the small areas every time, stretch, and then move 18 inches before stretching the next section.
Remember to pull the carpet and hook it to the tack strip, every time you stretch it.
Begin working towards the wall that has a door, then move towards other sides.
Stretch the sides properly, instead of 18 inches, start from a foot away from where you pulled it last.
Hook the carpet to the tack board properly.
Use a knee kicker for the areas difficult to reach, such as built in cabinets etc.
You'll need to cut the sides and trim the edges, once the carpet is stretched. Also, make sure that the backing is intact.
Tuck the overhang carpet under the baseboard.
While working with a power carpet stretcher, you need to be extra
careful as it is indeed a very powerful tool. If you push down on the
lever forcefully, you run the risk of ripping your carpet or pulling off
a tack strip from other end.
Carpet Stretching by Professionals
Professional carpet stretching companies can be called for assistance,
if you are not sure you can accomplish the job on your own. Most carpet
stretching companies will work by removing the tacks from their place,
pulling the carpet and then stretching it again by replacing the
tacks. The cost of stretching carpet will be about the same as that for
installing it. Most companies will charge you somewhere around 0.30
cents per foot. The cost may rise up to 0.75 cents, if they are required
to move any furniture. All in all, the entire cost of carpet
stretching won't exceed $120. That is not too much of an amount to
spend for a professional work. However, if you do not have the time to
wait for their 'waiting customers list' to clear up, you can indeed
consider doing the job yourself. The Hire Shop will not charge you more
than $50 for the above mentioned tools.
A wrinkled, ripped
carpet can spoil the entire look of your living room. Hence, you should
not delay this particular job. Besides, stretching carpet adds to the
life of your carpet as cleaning and maintaining it becomes easier.