Isabelle Bousquet Carpet June 18th, 2018 - 17:32:26
For people who did not save their carpet-remnants but need certain areas of their carpeting to get replaced there are still ways to get matching replacement remnants. Many carpet-stores and warehouses carry a wide variety of different styles of carpeting that may match your existing carpet perfectly. It is always wise to shop around for matching carpet remnants before you put up the money to buy a completely new carpet and pay for its installation. Most common colors of carpeting are relatively easy to find selling as carpet-remnants. If you are able to find a matching carpet remnant you should know that by using it to replace your existing carpet you will be saving a lot of money. If you need to replace a small room with carpeting you should consider shopping for carpet remnants as well. Many times you will be able to find carpet-remnants that provide a lot of extra carpet. On occasion you will be able to replace the entire carpeting of small rooms with just one large carpet remnant.
There are several good shampoos on the market depending on the type of carpeting and how dirty it is. There are many different brands and options out there so I really cant give a good recommendation as to which one is best but I would start by reading customer reviews. There are some things to consider that is being considered more and more in the cleaning industry and that is the harmful chemicals that are used many of the traditional carpet steam cleaner shampoos. The two main ones to be conscious of are Perchlorethylene (PERC for short) and Naphthalene. PERC as a popular solvent used in carpet cleaning solutions and in larger exposure amounts can cause dizziness and nausea can lead to kidney and liver damage and is possibly linked to cancer. Naphthalene is also commonly found in carpet cleaners and has been known to harm the kidneys and liver as well as the central nervous system. Both of these chemicals are harmful if the fumes are inhaled; not to mention bad for the environment.
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.
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.