Catherine Carpet June 19th, 2018 - 19:48:26
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.
Most people are familiar with the fact that padding lies below the carpet which helps give it its comfortable feel when you walk on it. This is the bottom layer. Common types of padding include foam (cheap) rebond frothed foam slab rubber waffle rubber fiber (such as jute recycled textiles synthetic fibers etc.) and in some cases special Berber padding. Between the pile and the padding is the backing which is made of two layers and holds the fibers together so the carpet doesnt fall apart. When the carpet is manufactured needles are used to push the fiber through the primary backing. Its then sealed against the secondary backing with very strong adhesive to keep everything in place.
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.
Carpet stretching is generally done in two different situations: During the initial installation and for a carpet repair. The initial stretch during installation ensures that the carpet is taught secure and even across the entire floor covering. Taught carpet will stay in place and stay smooth and flat to the floor where it belongs.Poor installation: The carpet may have been improperly installed. In most cases of a bad installation the installer didnt use a power stretcher properly or at all. Excessive wear due to traffic: Sometimes a carpet will need to be re-stretched because of wheelchairs walkers tricycles etc. Even when installed to perfection it can become loose from excessive wear.