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Top 3 Causes of Carpet Wrinkling and How to Prevent It

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Over time, a carpet that is not stretched firmly enough develops carpet wrinkles. Carpet wrinkles occur when the carpet has lost some of it’s its elasticity and has to be re-stretched.

All carpets laid over padding should be stretched securely from one wall to the next using a power stretcher.

The power stretcher works by using leverage rather than knee force. The goal is to stretch the carpet at its largest width. A knee kicker can be used instead of a power stretcher for small areas but for larger rooms, it is not as effective. Carpet wrinkles are a big reason for concern since they can permanently damage your carpet. A professional re-stretch can cure the carpet wrinkle problem once and for all, preventing irreversible harm to the carpet. Often though, the outcome is determined by why a carpet acquired wrinkles in the first place.

  1. Improper Installation
    If a carpet is not stretched properly during installation, it will loosen and wrinkle. Carpet production has evolved, and carpets are now firmer. As a result, it is important to use the right equipment and procedures during installation. Professionals should use a pole or a power stretcher. It will make it easier to extend the carpet from wall to wall. If the installer utilizes the knee kicker, the carpet will not be stretched to the manufacturer's requirements.
  2. Low Quality or Improper Padding
    Low-quality padding may save money in the short term, but it may cost you in the long run. When it comes to cushioning, it is always a good idea to double-check the manufacturer's requirements. It varies depending on the type of carpet you buy. If a person chooses improper padding and the carpet wrinkles, the manufacturer's guarantee may be invalidated.
  3. Delamination
    It happens when the carpet separates from the backing, which can be caused by many factors but most commonly, dragging heavy furniture directly on the carpet. Minor flaws that are normally not noticed, can be amplified through friction.

To avoid having to re-stretch your carpet, never drag heavy items directly on the carpet. Ensure the padding underneath is firm and meets the manufacture recommendations to avoid excessive movement as it’s walked on. If your carpet is already in need of re-stretching, having it done by a professional with the right equipment.

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