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Question DetailsAsked on 12/10/2013

How much does it cost to get the wrinkles out of carpet and do you know of any companies that actually do this?

I had carpet installed in my bedrooms 9 years ago and the carpet has started to come loose and wrinkle up. I think it is still good carpet so I want to keep it, I just want the wrinkles out of it.

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Any carpet installation company would do this and what you need is a carpet stretcher and an installer with a knee kicker.


Pretty simple task and as long as the carpet is in good shape, probably less than an hours worth of work.


I would call the company that installed it first if they are around and they might offer it as a complimentary service for a past client or have a small dispatch fee to charge.



Answered 10 months ago by WoWHomeSolutions

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First of all is it a whole house or a couple of rooms and cement floors or wood? a 2000 sg ft house will run from 500 to 700 rooms 150 to 250 3 average bedrooms would be about 250 to 300 . I charge by sq foot myself. and make sure they use a power stretcher! and is the carpet worth the exspence? Is it usallyis if in good shape , carpet companys dont really deal in restecthing and most only give one year Garuntee on installations. there should be someone in angies List for you area! Pat Snyder, All Carpet Repair Portland

Answered 10 months ago by patsnyder

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You can also try to do it yourself - a knee kicker (for near edges) is about $20 at economy sources like Harborfreight or Amazon - a manual stretcher about $50. You peel the carpet loose fromthe nail strips around the edges (may require pulling baseboards off in some cases, but usually you can work it out from under without removing baseboard), then from center out stretch the carpet out toward the outside. One things most people (including a lot of installers) don't realize is you have to keep one knee firmly planted at all times or the slack will work back under you. Work from center to edge moving toward the center of the walls, then from center of room laterally to both sides, stretching the carpet out toward the edges as you go. With a carpet with a pattern or texture you have to work perpendicular to the walls - with a random texture or plain carpet you can work radially from the center of the room to the centers of the walls first, then radially from the center till you get to the corners.

On each pass (about 1-2 feet wide) from center to wall, you press down the carpet into the nail strip at the edge to hold it - it also helps to have about 4 cinder blocks or clean concrete pavers (carpet installers commonly use lead weighted bags) to hold the previous pass you have finished so it does not pull back off the nail strips as you push the slack toward it on the adjacent pass. Some installers just cheat and staple it to the nail strip as they work along. Check the web for how-to videos.

The super economy way, which also normally does the job fine without tools in bedroom or hall sized jobs except with heavily woven carpets like berbers, is to just use two people - one handling the edge strip fastening, the other scuffing their feet from center toward outside edge pushing the wrinkles and slack ahead of them - like pushin out wrinkles in a table cloth. Works best with smooth bottom leather shoes that you can skate over the carpet, so you do not lift your feet and lose some of the tension you are putting in it.

BTW- there is nothing wrong with a carpet losing tension over the years - slack occurs at teh nail strip, due to stretching of the carpet backing from walking, stretching (loss of tension) in the backing and warp from carpet cleaning, loss of strength due to wearing of the fabric from dirt being ground into the warp and backing, etc.

Answered 10 months ago by LCD




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