Carpet Re-Stretching

Karen Carter

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Wondering about carpet re-stretching? Here are several questions and answers about this common home improvement procedure.

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Carpet re-stretching with a power stretcher.

What is carpet re-stretching?
Carpet re-stretching is the process of removing wrinkles, ripples, and bumps from carpet that has become loose over time. Re-stretching is done by pulling the carpet tightly with specialized tools called a knee kicker and a power stretcher (pictured above). In most cases, to do a proper re-stretch a power stretcher should be used. Once pulled tight, excess carpet is trimmed with a carpet knife, usually called a “bloody Mary blade”. This type of carpet knife is an extremely sharp, double sided razor blade. After the carpet has been trimmed, it is hand-tucked and re-attached to the tack strip.

How do I know if my carpet needs to be re-stretched?
Carpet that needs re-stretching will have visible buckles and wrinkles. Less obvious signs of a carpet in need of re-stretching would be small bumps near or around heavy furniture. Additionally, carpet that can be lifted off the floor may need to be re-stretched. To do this simple at-home test, go to the center of the room and grab or lift the carpet by the fibers. If you’re able to raise the carpet more than 1″ off the floor you may want to consider re-stretching your carpet to get the maximum life possible out of it. Larger rooms will typically have more “give” in the carpet. Use this test as a guide only.

Why should I consider carpet re-stretching?
Most people choose to invest in carpet re-stretching for the visual appearance only. However, there are several other benefits as well. One benefit of re-stretching is safety. Loose and rippled carpet can be a trip and fall hazard for senior citizens or those with disabilities. Another benefit of re-stretching is to extend the life of your carpet. Soil, dust and dander will settle into the low areas between the ripples, causing unnecessary and accelerated wear.

If you still have questions about carpet re-stretching, please uses the contact form on this web site or call 916-933-7807.

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