Elitachna Donnet Carpet June 18th, 2018 - 18:51:02
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.
Removing the damaged carpet: Start by using a straight edge and a row finder. An ice pick or a Phillips screwdriver can be used instead of a row finder. Place the straight edge on the carpet with the groove side down. Use the row finder to separate the nap. Do this by dragging the point of the row finder across the carpet up and down and against the edge of the straight edge. Use a slotted blade knife with a fresh blade. You can use a slotted blade knife (butted up against the straight edge to cut through the carpet without cutting through too much of the nap if you used the row finder properly. The more nap you cut off the worse the carpet patch will look.
The reality is quite different. Carpet padding is the first line of defense in extending the life of carpet. Of course it gives carpet that nice spring and cushion under your feet but its primary function is to reduce the friction generated by foot steps between a carpets backing and the hard flooring material over which its installed. Without proper padding years on constant grinding and carpet squirm will take years off the life of a carpet. Consult a carpet professional to be sure you select the pad best suited to your application. Use: When you begin looking at carpet samples be clear on where and how the carpet will be used. Not all styles fibers or weaves are well suited to every room.
Over soaking your carpeting- Be careful not to over soak your carpeting. While getting caught up in the frenzy of getting you carpets as clean as you would like you may want to go over spots several times until the water extracted will virtually run clean. The problem with this can sometimes be getting too much water soaked into the carpet pad which can then easily mold or mildew. Depending on several conditions that vary from house to house drying can be a problem for some and not others. I would suggest if you would like to get your carpets as clean as you can breaking up the project into two different weekends to allow the carpet ample time in between to dry.