Catherine Carpet July 02nd, 2018 - 09:42:18
Sliding heavy furniture: Carpet is made of layers of fabric. When heavy furniture slides across the carpet its likely that it will cause rippling. Latex: if the latex holding the backing together deteriorates its called delamination the carpet essentially loses its grip on itself resulting in buckling and loss of fiber. Improper padding for carpet type. Certain pile types require specific padding types; if these are paired improperly the right amount of grip and support may not be present resulting in carpet buckles. Make sure you consult a trained professional or manufacturers guide when purchasing carpet so you get the right padding to accompany it.
Knee stretcher. A knee stretcher also known as a kicker is a special tool that has a grip on one end to attach to the carpet and a pad on the other end for you to kick with your quadriceps (do not kick with your knee! Power carpet stretcher. In the trade we usually call this too our stretcher. The stretcher is the most important tool for stretching carpet. Its specially designed to adjust to any size room and help stretch carpet much more effectively than anyone could do by hand (or by knee). A power carpet stretcher features a very long pole with a carpet grip on one end a wall brace on the other and a handle lever in the middle. Dont even try to stretch a carpet without one. This is the most expensive tool most of us carpet people have.
Determining cost vs. value can be a bit of a balancing act. Understanding use and traffic may also keep you from buying budget priced carpet that over time will be disappointing. Short-term savings may result in greater long term cost. Maintenance: No matter what style or price carpet you choose without proper care and maintenance it will wear-out prematurely and need to be replaced before its time. The single most important thing you can do for your carpeting is summed up in three words: vacuum vacuum vacuum! Regular thorough vacuuming removes sand dirt grit and dust before it can work down deeply into the carpets fiber and backing. When these contaminates are allowed to grind their way into carpeting they have an abrasive action that can damage fray and even cut through carpet fibers.
The following is an over-simplified tutorial. If you dont already know what youre doing then you will be better off just hiring a pro. If you decide that you want to tackle stretching your own carpet I suggest that you take your time use your head keep your blades sharp dont try to just kick it tight with a knee kicker and most of all be careful. The first step is to empty the room of furniture. If you really know what youre doing then you can probably work around some furniture but if youre a novice I suggest that you do yourself a favor and empty the room. Remove any metal strips that will be in the way. Some flat metal strips need to have nails removed. Another type of metal strip is called a clamp down metal. To free the carpet from the clamp down metal pry it open (just a little bit) with a flat chisel or a stair tool. There are too many different types of metal strips to describe here so youll just have to figure it out.