When carpet isn’t installed correctly or has heavy items dragged on top it, wrinkles can develop over time. They are both an eyesore and a potential safety risk for trips and falls. The best possible results come from moving all the furniture out of the room but sometimes it may be unreasonable to move very heavy furniture. It is possible to work around them!
DIY Steps to Stretch Carpet
1. Starting in one corner of the room, begin pulling the carpet back from the tack strip. Don’t pull the carpet away from all four corners as one side of the carpet needs to remain anchored.
2. All staples or tacks need to be pulled from the pad before lifting it from the floor. When you pull, you need to leave enough space to work along the tack strips.
3. Remove all the tack strips. Wear work gloves when you’re handling old or new strips to avoid injury from the setting nails and the razor-sharp tacks.
4. Now you need to install the new tack strips with the gripping nails pointed towards the wall and keep them ¼ inch from the wall. Hammer the setting nails using a chisel or pry bar.
5. You can rent a knee kicker, power stretcher and a carpet cutter from a home improvement store. Cutting carpet with a carpet cutter is easier than using a utility knife. The knee kicker will help stretch the carpet in smaller areas and will work well with the power stretcher for the larger areas.
6. Align the pad, trim it next to the tack strip and staple it down every three inches and where there are any seams.
7. The carpet can now be laid back down and stretched using the power stretcher to smooth any wrinkles. You will need to make sure the power stretcher is set correctly. If it’s too hard to push the lever than the carpet is being stretched too tightly.
8. The power stretcher is used to stretch the long lengths of the room. The knee kicker should be placed about 6 inches from the wall and using the area of your leg just above the kneecap to finish the stretch.
9. Before you trim the extra carpet you need to embed the edge of it onto the tack strip.
10. Use the carpet cutter along the freshly-stretched edge of the carpet to trim the extra carpet and tuck it up against the wall or woodwork.
Carpet Repair & Stretching in Tracy, Livermore, San Ramon, Dublin, Mountain House, Walnut Creek, Danville & the East Bay of California
Using professionals to have your carpet stretched will get the job done faster and you won’t need to rent any tools. Carpet Care 2000 are knowledgeable and experienced. Hiring a pro also ensures that you carpet will not be damaged from using tools incorrectly. It’s also a good idea to call in the pros if your carpet is older or has been stretched several times before. Carpet is so comfortable and with proper care it can last for many years. Call Carpet Care 2000 to have your carpet stretched and make it look like new again!