Martine Deblois Carpet June 25th, 2018 - 10:46:25
Removing replacing or installing new built-in furniture walls floor heaters toilets cabinets and other fixtures are just a few reasons that a carpet installer will need install the carpet properly into the room. This will require some new tack strip and possibly some new carpet and pad to add to the area. Many times the customer will have some carpet left over from the installation. If not we can often take carpet from the closet. Removing carpet and carpet pad is simple but sometimes strenuous. If we are trying to save the carpet to use in a different room or to re-carpet the hallway or stairway we will want to try to keep it in one piece. If the objective is just to remove old carpet and old carpet pad we will make it easy on ourselves by cutting the carpet into strips approximately two feet wide.
Use an awl to lift the edge of the carpet. Go to a corner of the room and poke the awl right through the carpet about 6" from the wall. From here you will be able to pull the carpet up. If you dont have an awl you can probably use a pair of pliers. Now its time to unpack the carpet stretcher. Set it up so that the foot end is up against the baseboard and the head is a few inches from the wall that you are stretching towards. The power stretcher is more than strong enough to rip carpet so be careful to only stretch the carpet just enough to remove the wrinkles (and maybe just a little bit more). Over stretching carpet isnt a good idea because you will create ripples going the other direction. So again only stretch the carpet as much as you need to in order to remover the ripples.
Choose a scrap of carpet thats leftover from the original installation for the carpet patch. If you dont have any leftover scraps of carpet then youll need to remove a piece from a closet or from under a piece of furniture. Some people try to find a piece of matching carpet at a carpet store but its nearly impossible. On occasion we will have the customer buy some carpet from a carpet store that is very close to matching. We then take carpet from a closet to do the patch with and use the new carpet in the closet. Determine the direction of the nap. Carpet lays down more when you brush your hand in one direction than in other directions. Its incredibly important for proper carpet patching that all the carpet runs the same direction. Sometimes its really hard to tell which way the carpet nap runs. All I can say is to keep brushing your hand in different directions until you really get to know the carpet. If you keep at it youll figure it out.
Few things can make a house feel more inviting or add a dramatic flair to a room than carefully chosen carpeting. Today its something most of us take for granted but that hasnt always been so. Before the 1950s wall to wall carpet was considered an expensive luxury reserved for the wealthy. That all changed with the post-war building boon in the middle of the 20th century. With new advancements in carpet fibers manufacturing methods and an expanding market wall to wall carpeting was suddenly within reach of a growing middle class. Sixty years ago fiber texture pattern and color were limited and vacuum cleaner technology was in its early stages. As a result carpet life was short. Today choices are nearly unlimited. A wide range of price points and carpet exist for nearly every room and application. Even moderately priced carpet can bring years of enjoyment to your home.