Carpet being unrolled by friends in residential home's living room

Carpeting isn’t just a decorative element in your home, it’s an essential component that functions not only as a room insulator but also softens floors you regularly walk on. Carpet is great for traipsing around barefoot, relaxing on your back while watching the television, or for playing board games with family and friends. For most homeowners, the expectation is that taking care of carpeting will maintain its beauty and lifespan. The best place to start is regular vacuuming, but more intense steam cleaning or shampooing may be required. Over time, you may notice lumps or waves in your carpeting, making you wonder if it needs to be stretched.

WHAT’S CARPET STRETCHING?

This is a process where carpet stretching professionals in Boulder will come to your home and stretch a wrinkled or bunched-up carpet back to its original form. A carpet repair expert may stretch your carpet after doing any of the following:

  • Remove any furniture, bookcases or other items from your room that would get in the way of Westminster carpet repair professionals from stretching your carpeting.
  • Vacuuming and shampooing the carpet if needed.
  • Removing tacks and tacking strips from the carpet pad.
  • Replacing tack strips with new ones as needed before returning the carpet to its previous location.
  • Using a power stretcher and knee kicker to smooth the floor covering and condense it along the wall. A knee kicker is used to smooth out the carpet as a finishing touch.
  • Finally, a carpet stretching professional will trim excess carpet edges. Once the carpet edges are pressed down and affixed into the new tack strip, the extra carpet can be eliminated for a more flawless look. The trimming allows for an even, precise appearance.

SIGNS YOUR CARPET NEEDS STRETCHING

Carpet is very durable and is manufactured to last. But heavy foot traffic or furniture sitting in one place for years can start to wear it down or loosen it from the floor over time. This means your carpet will need additional maintenance as it ages. Here are some signs to look for that indicate your carpet needs stretching.

Lumps or Wrinkles

Visible bubbles or wrinkles may appear when carpet has been used for a number of years. Moving furniture or dragging heavy objects or other activities can warp carpeting and make it unattractive to look at. Foot traffic and other factors contribute to lumps, too. Stretching the carpet helps restore its original flat and consistent appearance.

Carpet damage

Depending on carpet thickness, cuts and tears can happen in the base structure, creating a need for Westminster carpet repair or stretching. This type of damage can loosen the carpeting, especially if it’s in a large area. Inspecting the carpet pile to look for visible signs of damage is a good idea, particularly because a large cut is a sign you need to have the carpet repaired or stretched.

Are the edges loose?

Professional installers affix the carpet with tack strips to keep it from moving. You can tell if the carpet is loose and requires stretching by checking the corners or edges. Lose edges are a warning sign the carpet needs to be stretched and re-affixed to the subfloor.

You can test this yourself. Insert an awl tool into the middle of the carpet and bring it up about one inch from the floor. Take the tool out and allow the carpet to fall back into place. If it snaps quickly into place, you’re ok. But if it doesn’t, contact us today for maintenance or repair. In all likelihood, your carpet needs to be stretched into place.

Other signs

Your carpet may also need stretching if you notice that it's rumpled, wrinkly, or rippled; if there are areas that don't lie flat; or if there are rug piles along the baseboard.

WHAT CAUSES WRINKLED CARPET?

  • Bad Installation - If a carpet isn’t stretched correctly during installation, it can loosen and develop wrinkles and ripples. Bad installation is one of the prime reasons for carpet to wrinkle. Because newly manufactured carpeting is stiffer than in years past, it’s critical that your carpet repair partner uses the proper techniques and tools during initial installation.
  • Low-quality carpet and padding - You get what you pay for, and while lower quality carpet and padding are less expensive initially, they may cost more in the long run. No matter what carpeting you buy, check out the manufacturer’s specifications in terms of recommended padding and where it should be installed. These factors may influence the need later on for carpet stretching.
  • Too much water - If you regularly use a carpet shampoo machine, you may be leading moisture behind that will not only damage the subfloor, but carpet padding and the carpeting itself. To avoid this, we recommend always working with an experienced and qualified carpet stretching professional.
  • Delamination - This happens when the carpet detaches from the backing. This can be due to poor manufacturing, in which case you should file a warranty claim as soon as possible.
  • The environment - You also need to consider two other factors; humidity and temperature. All coverings need to acclimate to the room environment, at least 24 hours prior to installation. Carpeting that’s being installed shouldn’t sit for an extended period of time in a closed-in room where the temperature is above 85 degrees Fahrenheit.

CHOOSE A RUG CLEANING SERVICE YOU CAN TRUST

If you suspect your carpet needs to be stretched, it’s best to work with a qualified, knowledgeable professional with a history of satisfied customers. Steve’s Carpet Care has been in business in the Boulder and Westminster communities for more than 40 years and would be happy to answer any questions. Call us today at 303-530-4900 for more information.