Step-by-Step Guide to Repairing Stretched Carpet After Steam Cleaning
A wrinkled carpet after steam cleaning that needs a repair.
Carpet repair isn’t always easy. If you have damaged carpet, there are times when you need a carpet repair company, such as in the event of pet damage. However you do not always need professional carpet repair services.
One of those cases is when you have wrinkles remaining in your carpet after you have steam cleaned it. If this is the case, it's possible you may have simply accidentally put too much water on your carpet. Too much water causes the carpet fibres to stretch, and this usually results in the carpet unable to return to its normal position.
Depending on the type of carpeting, you can amend stretched carpet after it has dried fully by renting a carpet power stretcher as well as a knee kicker.
Due to the fact that you usually rent these tools either hourly or by the day, we at Amarillo Carpet Cleaners recommend that you have the prep work completed before you rent the equipment to save yourself time and money on your carpet repair.
1 To begin the process, Amarillo Carpet Cleaners suggests lifting up one corner of your carpet using the tip of a putty knife so that the tack strip is exposed. Grab the corner of your carpet and pull the carpet up and completely off the tack strip. Carry on this process around the outside of your room. The procedure is different if you are stretching the carpet along only one or two walls, simply pull the carpet up only closest to the puckered area if that is your case.
2 Pull back the carpet enough to make sure that you can check the padding underneath. If any of the padding is left over on the tack strip, just cut it off with a utility knife. Careful not to cut too much off, or your carpet repair might turn into carpet replacement!
3 At this point, you should take a look at the tack strips to make sure that they are still securely fastened to the floor. Any strips of damaged carpet you should replace. Amarillo carpet cleaners recommends using a pry bar, afterwards nailing the new ones into position using the nails that come with the strips. Make sure to point the tacks towards the wall.
4 At this point, you can put together the power stretcher by adding poles until you have as many as it takes to extend the stretcher the full length of your room in which you are doing the work. Put down the flat end of the stretcher against the baseboard of the wall across from where you are going to begin stretching the carpet. Amarillo carpet cleaners suggest ensuring you protect the baseboard by placing a piece of throwaway 2-by-4 lumber between the baseboard and the stretcher.
5 Place the stretcher’s head 6 or so inches away from the wall. Make sure to set the stretcher’s setting so that it’s teeth dig firmly into the carpet’s base. You can now pull the carpet stretcher’s ratcheting arm toward the base wall. Doing this, the stretcher will pull the carpeting tight. You can now push the carpet down lightly onto the tips of the tack strip. After this, simply release force on the stretcher.
6 You can now move the stretcher 18 or so inches along the wall. If the long wall has a door, make sure to move in that direction. You can now repeat the last step. Go on stretching that section the full length of the room. Come back to an area roughly 18 inches off from the initial stretched area. Stretch the carpet down the side of your room.
7 Place the knee kicker end that has the teeth roughly 6 inches off from the wall in which the carpet has already been set. Here comes the fun part, kick the kneepad, and you will see the knee kicker will pull the carpeting tighter with its teeth. You can now push down the carpet onto the tack strip. Continue working your way along the width of your room setting your carpet in place. Knee kick your carpet in place along one of your long walls.
8 You can now shorten the power stretcher to the width of your room. Continue by setting the end that has the throw away lumber along the baseboard of the middle of the wall that you have knee kicked into its position. Place the end of the power stretcher against the wall you haven’t yet knee kicked - teeth first. You can now stretch that area of carpeting. Work away from the middle in sections, the same way you have done the length of the room.
9 You can now proceed by knee kicking what's left of the walls of carpet into position.
10 Almost done! The Amarillo carpet cleaners company suggests setting a carpet trimmer along the length of the baseboard. Pushing down, make sure to also tuck the carpet ends into the slim gap that separates the wall and the tack strips. Moving the trimmer forward, cut any extra carpet. Finally, using a stair tool you can now tuck any remaining stray edges and carpet fibers into the space between the wall and the tack strip. There you have it, carpet repair done with your very own hands.