Nanna Brunault Carpet June 18th, 2018 - 18:13:10
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.
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.
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.
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.