Catherine Carpet June 19th, 2018 - 19:46:09
Carpet or slotted blade knife. Involved in almost every carpet repair task you can imagine a good carpet knife will never let you down. In the case of carpet stretching the knife is used to trim excess carpet from the edge after its been pulled tight. Staple gun. An industrial carpet staple gun isnt a regular staple gun. The staples are far narrower so that they fit between the nap. Carpet staple guns arent always necessary for carpet stretching but its good to have on hand just to make sure. Because a properly stretched carpet is pretty tight the tack strip alone may not hold it down satisfactorily in which case the staple gun eliminates any doubt.
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.
When it comes to vacuuming invest in a good quality vacuum cleaner. In the long run it will save you money on two fronts: your carpets will last longer and you will get more years use from your vacuum. A good vacuum cleaner also removes more dust and allergens from carpeting and keeps the air cleaner as well. To maximize the life of your carpeting you should have it professionally cleaned once or twice a year. Vacuuming alone cant provide the required deep cleaning your carpeting needs. Of course its important to clean spills as soon as possible but over time they will leave their mark. Even home carpet shampoo machines have limitations. Its common for do-it-yourselfers to not get cleaning agents completely rinsed and removed. That residual detergent leaves a bit of a film on carpet that actually attracts dirt resulting in carpets being soiled and stained sooner.
In casual spaces like family rooms play rooms and childrens bedrooms todays carpets offer a variety of textures styles and patterns that range from fun to funky to practical. When selecting carpet bring as large a sample as possible home so you can see what the color will look like in the lighting and surroundings where it will be installed. A little patience and care can prevent some serious buyers remorse after the carpeting is installed. Budget: When shopping for carpet a big consideration for buyers is cost. As with most purchases you tend to get what you pay for. However depending on where and how carpet will be used it may not always be budget-wise to buy the most expensive option. Think about how much traffic the carpet will get. Areas like bedrooms receive much less foot traffic so carpeting designed to stand up to extreme use may not be necessary.