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Seeking Out Companies Who Know How To Stretch Carpet

When dealing with loose or wrinkled and aged wall-to-wall carpeting, many wonder just how to stretch the carpet. When this problem arises, it may be time to seek professional assistance that has experience in handling this issue.  The process of eliminating these wrinkles or loose ends is quite a complicated and time consuming one and is typically relegated to professionals rather than an individual to avoid costly do-it-yourself mistakes that may occur. Additionally, specialized tools may be needed in order to properly fix the problem, incurring additional costs on the shoulders of the individual if they chose not to hire a professional.

The first step that a professional will take on the lengthy list of how to stretch carpet is gently peeling back the current problematic flooring, making it loose from the tack strip, which is the material that holds the flooring in place. This will be done from one corner so that the tack strips are encountered one by one as to avoid further damage to the flooring. This may also be a time consuming process, as lifting any flooring too fast may tear away the delicate fibers, so being gentle and lifting it as a whole is important.  

There are also many staples that are affixed to the pad of the flooring that must be removed as well before it’s ultimately lifted from the subfloor. Extra precaution is taken at this step as the tack strips and staples are comprised of razor-sharp setting nails which can easily cause damage to anyone not wearing proper gloves and other protective clothing.

How to stretch carpet ultimately comes down to applying new tack strips in the place of the old ones, and adjusting the position and amount of pull that’s given to the corners and sides of the wall-to-wall floor covering. Professional installers will affix the nails so that they are pointed toward the wall, allowing the backing to grasp firmly to the strips, thus pulling it snugly. A knee kicker is needed for the next step, a tool that helps extend the flooring in places where a power extending tool cannot reach. Its primary use is to help the backing ‘bite’ into the tack strips and staples, further adding to the secure fashion of the pad, as well as the adhesion to the sides of the walls in the room.

For especially larger rooms where there’s a lot of surface area in regards to the wall-to-wall flooring, a power extender will be used to help adjust the shaft to properly fit the dimensions of the room or space. A flooring cutter is also essential when one reads about how to stretch carpet. This simple device helps the professional cut off pieces of the flooring that is unneeded after the extending has been completed. This is often the case since the dimensions of the flooring will drastically change over the course of the process, creating some excess around the edges.

The entirety of the process is something that’s rather difficult to do properly, reiterating the need of hiring a professional who can properly use a power extender and the amount of pressure that should be applied. It’s best to leave it to the people who know how to stretch carpet, rather than go headlong financially into this sort of commitment that can easily damage the wall-to-wall flooring if not done properly.

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