Martine Deblois Carpet June 18th, 2018 - 19:40:17
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.
Many people install their own tile but dont know how to finish the job with the carpet to tile transition. Often professional tile installers dont know how to finish their job with a proper carpet to tile transition. There are several good ways to do a carpet to floor transition that I will explain in the carpet to tile transition article. When people refer to a Berber carpet theyre referring to a looped carpet with rows. Its not really a Berber carpet but for our purposes here its okay to call it Berber. For an interesting read on the history of Berber carpet click here. Berber carpet repair is often needed due to a snag in a Berber carpet or a pull in a Berber carpet. A pull in a Berber carpet happens when one or more threads get caught either in a vacuum or some other way. Often times its the family pet or a child that pulls Berber carpet and creates the snag or run.
Be sure and read the mixing direction on the back of the product you purchase. A solution that is too diluted will not clean and too much soap will leave your carpeting full of suds and will not extract properly. The nice thing about many new carpet steam cleaner machines on the market is their ability to mix the correct amount of soap right onboard the machine so you dont have to worry about measuring. I would recommend cleaning furniture drapes and small area rugs first. Any over spray from cleaning these will end up on the carpeting and will be extracted later anyways. Always check labeling before cleaning furniture to make sure that it can be cleaned with water. Also steer clear of soaking down furniture too much with the solution. Because furniture is contoured and uneven it is difficult to create a good seal on the extraction wand which can limit the water removal.
When an original installation is done properly you should never need to re-stretch loose carpet. Proper installation requires a tool called a stretcher or a power stretcher. (Not a kicker kickers arent nearly enough.) When you see ripples wrinkles or bunched-up carpet thats when you know you need to have it stretched. Most of the time a loose carpet can be re-stretched without needing to take apart seams. If seams do need to be taken apart it opens up a whole other can of worms. If theres some furniture in the room we can often use our carpet stretcher without having to clear the room entirely. Often we can move the furniture from one side of the room to the other and stretch one side of the room at a time.