Tired up lumpy, loose carpeting? You can restretch your old carpeting in no time at all. You can save money and bring back the original beauty of your carpet with a good restretch. We will explain below our techniques in getting rid of those unwanted wrinkles.
The most important tool in stretching is a “power” stretcher. It does the lion’s share of the stretching for the main areas of the room. When the areas get tighter, that’s when the knee kicker is needed. First, our professional installer will carefully, so not to unravel the fibers, lift one corner of the carpet with a pair of pliers and tease it free of the tack strip. Then carpet is pulled away from all the tack strips as far back as the wrinkles are.
After carpet is detached from strips, we check all tack strips for damaged ones or if they have loosened from the floor. If any strips are damaged they are removed with a pry bar and replaced with new strips. All tack strips have pre-started setting nails that secure them to the floor, but that’s just not good enough in our book. Whether they have loosened or not we always add extra nails to ensure that they are secure to the floor and do not pop up when we stretch the carpet.
When stretching the carpet, power-stretching the length is done first. Stretching in 18-in. increments, moving first toward any side wall that has a door. Then stretching is finished with power-stretching the width in the direction away from the side wall that has a door. Cutting off the access carpet, tuck it back under the base board, then clean up and your carpet is brought back to life.