Many people have carpet in their homes, and they do their best to care for it. While good cleaning practices do lengthen the life of a wall-to-wall carpet, one thing homeowners often neglect is carpet stretching. Below, we’ll explore why such a measure is important for the best fit and longest lifespan of a carpet, especially when homeowners intend to remain in their homes for decades at a time. The three most common reasons a carpet stretch every five years as the optimal solution are as follows.
The What and the Why of Carpet Stretching
Over time, normal wear and tear, walking around, moving furniture, playing with small children or dogs on the carpet will cause ripples to form in the body of the carpet. That’s because carpets are essential textiles, the materials of which relax over time. As well, loose or poorly installed carpets will shift over time with these activities, causing similar issues.
Carpet installers will often use what is called a knee-kicker to install carpet, because it is far quicker at the outset, allowing them to begin and complete more jobs in a given time-span. However, this doesn’t actually stretch the carpet tight before it’s secured at the margins of the room. This usually results in issues appearing sooner. One method that is far more effective, if time-consuming is to use a power stretcher. This ensures that the carpet is flush with the carpet pad, and is as taught as possible before being secured.
Many times, if a carpet is more than five years old, these issues will crop up, even if it was securely installed with a power stretcher to begin with. That’s just a part of the process of carpet life spans. However, if the carpet is a high-quality textile, stretching it again will often solve many of the issues older carpets develop. That’s because it pulls the underlying warp and weft threads taut once more, and also redistributes patterns of wear as they have developed over time. Cleaning the carpet also becomes much easier and causes less wear on the fabric. When a carpet is loose, excellent vacuums and steam cleaners will pull on the loosed fabric, resulting in collateral wear and tear.
Smarter Pounds and Pennies
When a carpet is restretched and slack taken in, the carpet is once more flush with the padding, and cleaning is both easier and more effective. This can also alleviate concerns about damaged portions. If those areas are close to the margins, they can be patched or removed when the stretching takes place. While many homeowners may think that replacing the entire carpet is more cost effective, in reality, patching and stretching option will both save them money and lengthen the effective lifespan of their floor covering simultaneously.
Carpet stretching is a relatively simple process that can often be completed by a professional team in a very short period of time. Moreover, homeowners usually don’t need to remove the bulk of the furniture from the room in question. This vastly simplifies the process and allows jobs to be completed in short order. It will depend on the nature of the stretching needed as well as how much and how heavy the furniture in the room is. Professionals can answer any questions you may have and give you an expert opinion on the nature of the repair required along with an accurate estimate of costs.
“I should clean my carpet first right?” It’s a common question and the answer may surprise you. Your first inclination may be that cleaning the carpets after stretching will cause the wrinkles to return. This is a common myth. It is actually wiser to stretch your carpets before getting them cleaned, as it makes it easier to give the carpet a complete cleaning. Let us take a look further into why.
Have you ever tried cleaning a carpet that is loose? It can be very difficult. When you vacuum or attempt to sweep the carpet or rug it often bunches it up. This can be very frustrating and it can become nearly impossible to get a good cleaning with a vacuum or broom. When your carpet cleaner comes in to clean they will face the same challenges. They may attempt to clean your carpet the best they can, but the ripples will prevent your carpet from getting the most thorough cleaning.
You may find that after stretching wrinkles left unattended for a long time can lead to some small issues. Many feel that the wrinkles would not bother them or the carpet. Some may even conclude that repairing the carpet would just be too expensive and maybe too difficult. No matter the cause, they eventually decide to repair or replace the carpet. When choosing to stretch after a long period of time, sometimes visible lines will show up. You can relate this to bending a piece of paper in half, unfolding that paper and then letting it sit flat on the table. There is a crease left where the paper is folded. What is the solution for this problem? By cleaning the carpet after stretching it, the lines should disappear. This will lead to your carpet looking brand new.
If you want the best possible clean for your carpet and do not want to risk those visible lines after pulling it tight; clean it after stretching. When your carpet is stretched properly you don’t have to worry about wrinkles returning. There is no risk of those wrinkles returning due to cleaning. You can have confidence that stretching the carpet first is the best decision. It will lead to extending your carpets life span and the best cleaning possible.
“This carpet was installed less than 5 years ago, I can’t believe it already needs to be replaced!” These feelings are often shared by many homeowners. These same homeowners are unware that carpet repair can be the effective and affordable option. But is it really that affordable?
The following are some of the factors that go into the price of carpet replacement:
As you can imagine it all adds up. Replacement can bring you to a price range from $9/square yard all the way up to $40+ a square yard. It really depends on your budget and the quality of the carpet you choose. Most homeowners prefer mid-grade to high mid-grade carpet that is soft, plush and also sturdy. If you fit in that category you are looking at $20-30/square yard. That means a 13×13 room would cost anywhere between $400-600 for brand new carpet, which is not very affordable.
What about Carpet Repair?
So how does carpet repair measure up to the costs of full replacement? Well let’s take a look atcarpet stretching first. There are not a bunch of factors with carpet stretching. We will bring all the tools we need. Carpet Stretch and Rescue charges .38 cents a square foot. Thanks to our tools and expertise stretching that same 13×13 room would cost roughly $60-70 to repair. That’s a savings of $300-500! This would be a much more affordable option and you extend the life of your carpet making your original investment that much more valuable.
Carpet patching can be just as affordable. If you have a carpet stain that just will not come out do not fret! You do not need to replace the entire room. With a brand new patch your carpet can look as good as new. Is it affordable? A carpet patch can range from $40-$150 depending on the size. That is still much more affordable than a full room replacement. You would be looking at a cost savings of anywhere between $300-500. Yes even carpet patching would be much more effective and easier on the wallet!
Are you still on the fence (or should we say seam)? We can assure you that carpet repair is an affordable option. We back our work with a lifetime guarantee. GiveCarpet Stretch and Rescuea call for your free quote today and find out how much you can save.