Carpet care goes beyond the yearly steam cleaning. It may also require a good stretch every few years. Why does a carpet scrunch up in the first place? How do you know if it’s time to schedule carpet stretching?
What Causes Carpet Ripples?
Multiple factors account for the carpet scrunching up. One cause is excess humidity. Moisture in the air penetrates the carpet, causing the floor beneath to swell. You can prevent this with a dehumidifier.
Carpet waves may also arise due to dragging heavy furniture and appliances across the surface. This pulls on the carpet, causing any slack to push to one side. If the furniture is too heavy to lift off the floor, then use the floorboard hack. Lift the furniture just enough to place it on a laminate floorboard. Place a second board in front of the first and gradually “walk” the furniture to its destination.
How to Spot Carpet Ripples
Lumps and wrinkles are a clear giveaway that the carpet is in need of a stretch. However, a carpet repair may be in order even if you don’t see overt signs of rippling.
We recommend performing a carpet pull test. To do this, firmly place an awl tool in the room’s center. This enables you to lift the carpet off the floor by about one inch. As you release the tool, carefully watch the carpet. Does it immediately return to its original position, or does it stay in the lifted position for more than a few seconds? If the latter, then it requires a stretch.
We Stretch All Carpet Types
A rippled carpet is not only an eyesore but also a tripping hazard. Contact Rick’s Family Carpet Care if you see bumpy surfaces. Carpet stretching is a large part of the carpet and upholstery care we provide for Tacoma households.
Carpet Stretching and Restoration
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