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Have you ever noticed how fast carpet wrinkles grow once they get started? It's because carpet is meant to be stretched tight. Very tight! (Video's and article below explain more) Once a loose carpet begins to form a ripple it needs a carpet stretching. As you walk on a carpet ripple it moves up and down far more than it should. As the loose carpet moves up and down it loosens up even more. Pretty soon your carpet has more waves than the Pacific ocean.

If you don't want to surf the waves of your carpet then give me a call. We stretch carpet right the first time and back it up with our 100% unconditional unlimited lifetime labor guarantee.

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How to stretch carpet without moving furniture

ripple before  

This carpet stretch job carpet is in a mobile home.

It's a beautiful light cream color. The only problem is the wave running all the way across the room.

A good carpet stretching will fix this room right up.

When we stretch carpet, the carpet normally only needs to be stretched one direction.

   
Carpet Ripple after  

This particular carpet stretching job was a major challenge because the loose carpet was stiff and stubborn.

Even with the power carpet stretcher it was difficult. After several stretches I finally got it right. It looks perfect now.

When you want to stretch carpet give us a call!

   
Power Stretch Carpet  

A small carpet wrinkle in a bedroom ruins the look of the room. It's a small carpet ripple now but if left unfixed it will become a large carpet ripple.

   
Power Stretch Carpet  

The lighting changed while I was stretching this carpet but you can still see that the loose carpet is now tight.

To keep your carpet looking it's best, a good carpet stretch when it has carpet bubbles is the best thing to do.

   

 

Power Stretch Carpet  

This room needed carpet stretching in several places, you can see the video above how to stretch carpet.

In a large room with loose carpet we stretch it with a carpet stretcher. Knee kickers aren't enough to pull carpet tight in a room this big.

   
Power Stretch Carpet  

This is the same room as the above picture. Do you see the carpet ripples?

We stretch carpet every day so when you need carpet stretching give us a call!

   
Power Stretch Carpet  
Here's Alan using the power stretcher to stretch carpet.

The power carpet stretcher is used to stretch carpet in all sizes of rooms but it's most important in large rooms.

   

 

Power Stretch Carpet  

The power stretcher reaches all the way across the room. One end butts up against one wall and the other end has a head with a lever.

When we push down on the lever, the carpet is stretched. This is a very powerful tool. If we stretch the carpet too much it can rip or pull off the tack strip.

   
Power Stretch Carpet  
Here's a view of the carpet after stretching.
   
Power Stretch Carpet  
This angle shows where the ripple in the carpet used to be.

Nothing is worse for a carpet than to leave it loose. A loose carpet will get looser and more rippled very quickly. When we stretch carpet we help it last far longer.

   
Power Stretch Carpet  
Many times a carpet will become loose due to traffic, cleaning, humidity or a bad original carpet installation. Call us for all your carpet stretching needs.
     
pole stretch carpet   This is a master bedroom with a couple of nasty wrinkles in it. It's especially important to repair this carpet by pulling the wrinkles out because the lady that lives there is over 80 years-old. She can't afford to trip over the carpet. This first carpet wrinkle is in front of the bathroom.
     
pole stretch carpet   This second carpet wrinkle is between the bed and the built-in furniture.
     
pole stretch carpet   Using the pole stretcher/power stretcher, we pulled the carpet wrinkles out and then cut off the excess.
     
pole stretch carpet   Here you can see that the carpet is now tight.
     
pole stretch carpet   The carpet is tight here too but you can see where the wrinkle left a mark. Sometimes the top ridge of a carpet wrinkle can attract dirt. At least the carpet is now flat and safe.
   

How to stretch a hallway carpet.

Watching the carpet stretching video below will help you understand what a power stretcher is,
how we use it and why it's necessary If your carpet has wrinkles.

How to stretch the carpet wrinkles out of a normal residential room

If you have carpet ripples in a room and you want us to fix it for you, the video below is how we'll
probably do it. If anyone wants to stretch your carpet and they don't show up with a
power stretcher, grab them by the ear and throw them out, that's why you have this problem in the first place!

We always use the power stretcher. By the time we're finished your carpet will be
tighter than ever and guaranteed to not ripple up again.

Speaking of the carpet stretching guarantee.


Do you have a lot of furniture to move before stretching your carpet?

I created the video below to show you how you can help us with the furniture moving as
well as save yourself some money. If you don't want to move any furniture, no
problem, we can do it! The video below will show you how it's done. Enjoy!

How to stretch carpet

What You Really Need To Know About Carpet Stretching
(Explained by a Pro)

Carpet Stretching Basics:

The “why” of carpet stretching is that it keeps the carpet in place, flat, and smooth against the floor, as it is intended to be. Carpet is always stretched tight during the first installation, to ensure that it covers the floor evenly and smoothly. However, carpets may need to be stretched during carpet repair if they later develop buckles and ripples, which can be caused by any of the following:

  • Poor installation – If your carpet is improperly installed (due to insufficient or nonexistent stretching, or improperly securing the carpet), it may need to be re-stretched as a carpet repair.
  • Heavy traffic – If your carpet gets heavy traffic beyond normal foot travel (such as walkers or wheelchairs, tricycles, etc.), it may eventually come loose, even if it was installed perfectly.
  • Moving heavy furniture – Sliding heavy furniture across your carpet can cause its layers to ripple and leave the carpet loose and buckled.
  • Wrong pairing of carpet with padding – Different types of carpet pile are meant to be used with specific types of carpet padding, so the carpet is properly secured and supported. The manufacturer’s guide or an experienced professional can help you ensure you have a proper match before your install your carpet; otherwise, you may deal with ripples later.
  • Delamination – This means the latex that keeps the carpet backing intact has deteriorating; the carpet may start to fall apart by losing fiber or rippling.

To Stretch, Or Not To Stretch?

Once your carpet starts to ripple, it’ll only keep getting worse. That’s because carpet is intended to lay flat at all times; a small ripple not only puts more wear and tear on the carpet, but causes it to move when you walk across it. That movement causes—you guessed it—more ripples. Soon your carpet will begin to look more like an ocean than a floor, and that’s a problem.
If you find yourself in that situation, don’t worry. You probably won’t need to replace the carpet. For the most part, stretching it will remove the buckles and return it to its natural state as a flat, attractive floor covering.
Carpet stretching is a very common carpet repair task. Carpet stretching is simple in theory: it involves pulling up the edges of the carpet, re-stretching the carpet so it’s properly taught, trimming any excess that’s been created, and re-securing the carpet in its new place. But in practice, it’s a considerably involved process, involving unique tools and proper technique to actually accomplish a successful carpet stretch.

Tools of the Trade: Some Important Carpet Stretching Supplies
If you decide to attempt carpet stretching on your own, these tools will be essential; if you don’t own them, most should be available to buy or rent, and aren’t too expensive. A professional carpet repair person will have all of these tools (and probably more) on hand; hiring out your carpet repair to a seasoned veteran is still more affordable than replacing it with new carpet, so whether you try it yourself or pay someone (us) to do it for you, these tools are cost-savers.

Slotted blade knife / carpet knife. This knife will play a role in almost every carpet repair job imaginable. When you stretch a carpet, the carpet knife allows you to remove spare carpet created around the edge after the carpet is stretched tight.

Power carpet stretcher. A carpet can’t be properly stretched without a power stretcher; there’s no way around this. If your carpet wasn’t installed using one, it’ll need to be repaired with one because it’s surely buckling! The power stretcher is a very long pole that braces against one wall and uses the force of a lever to stretch the carpet toward the opposite side of the room. That force is much, much stronger than any force a person can exert alone (or with the kicker, #3 on the list), so using it is non-negotiable. (It’s also one of the most expensive tools of the trade.)

Kicker / knee stretcher – A sort of mini version of the power carpet stretcher, the knee stretcher uses leg-power to help finish off, around the edges, the work that the power stretcher does.

Industrial carpet staple gun. This isn’t your grandparents’ staple gun (unless your grandparents repair carpet). Designed with a much narrower staple that fits between the carpet nap, a carpet staple gun is always a good tool to have at the ready. It’s not required in carpet stretching, but because the carpet gets so tight, the tack strip may need some assistance in assuring the carpet is without-a-doubt secure. The staple gun is that assistance.

Awl. An awl helps you detach carpet from the tack strip; it looks something like an ice pick. It’s simple and very helpful for what it does.

Hammer. Always a good idea. If you don’t have a hammer around, carpet stretching is probably not something you’re prepared to do.

Don’t Act Until You Have A Plan
The Basics Of Carpet Stretching:

If you set out to stretch your own carpet, make sure you’re up to the task. Do your homework before you touch anything. If you’re still not sure what you’re doing, it’s best to hire a pro. (Me!)

Below you’ll find a very simplified version of the basic steps of carpet stretching; it’s by no means the step-by-step guide. If you don’t know how to do this properly, I strongly advise that you hire a pro. If you do decide to go ahead, work slowly, use your head, and above all—be very careful.

Before carpet stretching can even begin, you need to know how tight it’s supposed to be. When a manufacturer makes carpet, they specify not only the type of padding that should be used with it, but how tight it should be stretched. For example, tufted carpet with a backing made of synthetic fiber shouldn’t be pulled as tight as a similar carpet with jute backing. Stretching carpet to the wrong tightness can damage the carpet.
If you have the tools and know how tight you need to stretch the carpet, then you’re ready to embark on the carpet stretching journey, as outlined below.

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