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Question DetailsAsked on 8/9/2016

repair of wrinkles in commercial, padless, glued diown carpet

20 year old department store

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Sometimes, if the glue comes loose in an area, you can (with random or unpatterned carpets) slit the carpet at the wrinkles, glue one side back down and weight it till it dries, then go on to next one etc. Then you go back after all the first sides are done and stretch the wrinkles out (using a knee-bumper) and trim the carpet to fit the spot, peel up the edge and glue it and weight it (sandbags) till it cures.

If you have a significant number of these wrinkles, it could be the glue is generally deteriorating or is coming loose from the substrate due to moisture or age, or that the backing is coming loose from the carpet and it is time to replace it. Also, if you have a patterned carpet (particularly if a distinct or linear pattern) you cannot do the cut and reglue routine because it breaks up the pattern objectionably.

Certainly probably time to replace if 20 years old - most commercial carpet is replaced every 5-10 years in low-traffic or residential environments (like apartments), every 3-5 years in moderately high trafficked areas like store shelf and rack areas, and every 1-5 years in dirty or high-traffic carpeted areas like lobbies, main aisles, serving areas, main access hallways, restaurants, etc. Of course, the quality of the carpet you buy affects the life a lot, as does spillage on it because even if the stains can largely be reduced or removed, the added shampooing to do so (like in restaurants) reduces the life of the carpet.

Obviously a flooring contractor who does carpet installation is the Search the List category for this - and of course for a department store you want a commercial grade carpet.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD



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