Has your carpet gone from flat to wrinkled? It may be time to have it re-stretched.
If your carpet is wrinkled or lose, you may think that you need to have it replaced entirely. That’s not necessarily the case. Most often, wrinkles, buckling, and lose carpet can be repaired fairly easily by giving it a “facelift”. Carpet re-stretching will remove the wrinkles and buckling from your carpet and give it a fresh new look.
Just like most other things in your home, carpets have a lifespan. On average a carpet can last fifteen years or so, as long as you take care of it. There are several culprits that can cause your carpet to buckle and wrinkle.
The padding may be low quality – or the wrong kind.
If your carpet installer tried to save some money on installation and didn’t check the manufacturer’s specifications for padding, or used a low quality underpad, it may be why your carpet is wrinkling.
The installation was not done correctly
The most common cause of carpet wrinkling is simply improper or insufficient stretching when your carpet was initially installed. The process of making carpets has changed over the years and carpets are stiffer now. If your carpet installer used only a knee kicker instead of a pole or power stretcher, your carpet probably wasn’t stretched to the manufacturer’s specifications. This is why it is imperative to hire a professional carpet installer who stays up-to-date on the latest changes in his or her industry.
Delamination is what happens when your carpet separates from its backing. You should check your warranty and make a claim, because delamination may be the result of a manufacturing issue. But delamination can also be the result of humidity or other moisture build-up from flooding or vapour rising up from holes in the concrete slab that your carpet is on.
Too much water
Over wetting, which is usually the result of improperly applied carpet cleaning techniques, but can also be the result of flooding or other moisture build-up, can cause your carpet to wrinkle and buckle.
Two more factors to consider are humidity and temperature. If your carpet was installed during a particularly humid day, that may be a contributing factor to your carpet wrinkling. If your carpet installer did not let the carpet acclimate to the environment prior to installing it, that may be part of the buckling problem. Homes or rooms that reach high temperatures (above 85-degrees Fahrenheit) for extended periods of time can also cause your carpet to warp.
Carpet restretching can extend the life of your carpet and give your home a “fresh carpet” feel. For more information about carpet repairs, carpet restretching, or to get your free quote, please call Dr. Carpet at 647.800.5199. We specialize in all kinds of carpet repairs for loose, buckling, frayed, torn, stained, and water damaged carpets in the Greater Toronto Area.
Before you spend hundreds of dollars replacing a carpet, you may way to consider simply repairing your carpet. When you use an experienced carpet repair service they can affordably solve problems resulting from things like wrinkling, stains, fading, and snags. Repairing a carpet does not take a long time, but it does take a professional to get the job done correctly.
What is carpet repairing?
Carpet repairing is simply removing a damaged piece of carpet and replacing it with a matching piece. This piece may be a leftover remnant from the original installation, a sample piece from the shop, or it could be a piece taken from a closet or other area that isn’t likely to be seen every day (the bad patch of carpet may be used in the spot where the patch was taken from).
Once the professional carpet repair technician has found a suitable replacement, he or she will carefully cut out the part of the carpet to be replaced. The replacement piece is attentively fitted into the hole in the carpet and is glued in place. Seams are rendered invisible and the carpet is trimmed to match the surrounding areas.
What to look for in a carpet repair service.
While there are many services out there that advertise carpet repair and even do-it-yourself kits available, it’s always the best choice to a professional carpet repairing company. A professional carpet repair service will:
- Be licensed, bonded, and insured
- Have trained technicians on staff
- Provide a thorough and detailed quote
- Confirm pricing before the job begins
- Warranty their work
When determining which Toronto carpet repair service to use, you should get several quotes and compare them. A reputable company will provide a detailed quote that will include the price for materials and labour costs associated with the scope of work, and not include any hidden fees. The company should also be able to provide you with a quote, whether in person, on line, or over the phone. Some other things to consider when choosing a carpet repair service provider:
• Are they able and willing to provide MSDS for the materials they use? A good service should be able to provide MSDS for the materials they use when you request them.
• Do they call to confirm your appointment before arriving? Courtesy is a benchmark of professionalism.
• Is their pricing competitive within the current market? A professional carpet repair service will have their finger on the pulse of their industry and know what the market can support.
If you have further questions about carpeting repair services, or to get your free quote, please feel free to contact Dr. Carpet at 647.800.5199. We specialize in all kinds of carpet repairs for loose, buckling, frayed, torn, stained, and water damaged carpets in the Greater Toronto Area.
Carpets do not generally have an expiration date. What is considered a lifetime will vary from room to room and how frequently that room is used. Family room carpeting may need to be professionally repaired or replaced more often than carpeting in a rarely-used dining room. However, there are signs that it’s time to say good-bye to your old carpeting.
The Carpet Looks a Little Threadbare
In heavily trafficked areas, like hallways and family rooms, you may notice the telltale sign of a carpet that needs to be replaced. If you see the carpet backing through the top of the carpeting, it is time to replace the carpet. Fraying along the edges of the carpet is another sign that it is time to start looking for new carpet.
The Carpet Fibres are Flattened
If you have vacuumed and combed and the fibres of your carpet are still lying flat, it’s time to replace your carpet. The materials that your carpet may be made of – polyester and olefin fibres – are more prone to matting, especially in high traffic areas.
If you are starting to notice ripples in your carpet, the carpet is stretched and warped. You may need to replace the carpeting, but call your local Toronto carpet stretching company to check it out first.
Do You Know How Old Your Carpet Is?
Carpets do not necessarily need to be replaced just because they are old. But if you can’t remember how old the carpeting is or if it came with your home when you moved in, it is probably time to replace the carpeting.
What’s That Smell?
If you have had your carpets professionally cleaned and still can’t get that odor out, it may be time to replace your carpet. Carpets are absorbent and trap dust, dander, debris, and allergens. Over time it becomes more difficult to remove all of the problem particles – even with professional cleaning.
The same rule applies to stains as well. If you have had your carpets professionally treated for stains and they still won’t come out, it may be time to replace your carpet.
When Your Carpet’s Color is Shifting
Carpet that is in high traffic areas or in areas that have a lot of natural lighting are more prone to fading. Spots of lighter color or a generally faded carpet may not be reason enough to replace your carpet, but if you are experiencing any other issues, you may want to consider replacing your carpet.
Do you always need to replace a carpet that shows these signs? Not always. Sometimes you can simply repair parts of carpet that are beyond their prime. To find out if it is time to replace your carpet or if you simply need a professional carpeting patching service, call Dr. Carpet at 647.800.5199 today!