Freshly installed carpet can instantly enhance your home’s look and vibe. Unfortunately, as time goes on, your carpeting can start to lose its appeal. Heavy furniture and foot traffic will loosen the carpet and create wrinkles.
However, with carpet restretching you can restore the beauty that your carpet once had. As the term suggests, restretching is a process of using special tools to stretch out your carpet. Through this process the fabric will regain the tension that it has lost, smoothing out uneven areas and removing wrinkles.
While it is possible to do restretching on your own, we recommended getting the help of a reliable carpet supplier for the best results.
To help you figure out if you need to hire a carpet specialist, here are a few signs that your carpet needs re-stretching. But, first let’s briefly go over the restretching process.
Your carpet should be cleaned before any restoration job. Any tears or cuts on the material also need to be repaired beforehand.
Restretching starts with peeling the carpet off of the subfloor and the tack strips. Once it’s off the surface, a power stretcher is used to remove bumps and wrinkles.
The stretcher is composed of a long pole that distributes tension across the length of the carpet. It also has a driving head, a wide surface with metal teeth that anchors into the carpet.
The base of the power stretcher holds down one end of the carpet while the drive head pulls the fabric away from the centre of the room and towards the wall. Usually the head will be placed 15cm away from the baseboard.
Once the carpet is stretched, the edges will be tucked in and, if necessary, the excess material will be trimmed.
Signs you carpet needs re stretching
1. Uneven surface
A bumpy surface is the most obvious sign that your carpet needs some work.
Lumps and wrinkles on your carpet can be caused by a variety of things. For example, years of foot traffic will cause the fabric to move around on the subfloor. If it continues to slide around, the carpet may loosen around the tack strip.
Moving furniture around can also have the same effect on your carpet. Not only will sofas and tables create depressions on the surface, it can also pull a large part of the fabric away from the edges. Office chairs are notorious for this. Moving those wheels back and forth on the carpet will wear down the fabric and create unsightly bumps and wrinkles.
Carpet restretching can get rid of these blemishes by straightening the material. The best part about this process is that you don’t need to replace your carpet entirely.
2. You can pull it up
Sometimes, the problem is not so obvious. If you don’t see bumps on the surface but you’re still a little suspicious, there is a simple way to check if your carpet is loose.
Try to pinch as much of the fabric as possible and pull the carpet up. If you’re able to lift it up more than 3cm, then it needs to be restretched.
Also, pay attention to how the carpet acts when you let go. If it slowly falls back into place, then your carpet is loose. If it snaps back, then there’s a chance that it’s still in good shape.
If you’re having trouble lifting the carpet, you can also use an awl tool to poke through the fabric and lift it up. When using this method, it’s important to be careful as you can injure yourself or damage the carpet in the process.
Keep in mind that carpeting in larger rooms will be a little looser at the center. Since this method is simply a rough test, we recommended hiring a specialist to properly assess your carpet.
3. Lifted edges
Another way to check if your carpet needs work is to look at the edges directly. The edge should be cleanly tucked in under the skirting/baseboard. If you see fraying, it’s likely that the tack strips that hold the carpet down are loose. If the strips are loose, the edges will continue to lift up even more.
In the restretching process, not only will the fabric be straightened out, the tack strips will also be repaired or, ideally, replaced.
4. Cuts and tears
Lastly, you should keep an eye out for cuts and tears. New carpet is able to remain smooth thanks to the tension created by the tack strips. If the carpet suffers a considerable cut, the material will lose the tension, causing it to loosen and wrinkle up.
In some cases, loose carpet can be a tripping hazard. As such, it’s important that you address this issue as soon as you can.
Acting early will allow you to repair the tear and restretch the carpet before the issue gets worse. If you leave it for too long, the cut will get bigger and the edges will start fraying. If this happens, you might have to replace the carpet entirely.
If your carpet is getting there in age, see if you can spot some of these signs. Taking good care of your carpet will ensure that it lasts for many years to come. Not only will this keep your home looking clean and beautiful, it will also save you a bit of money in the long run.