The moment you start seeing bumps and ripples forming on your carpet is the time when you might want to consider having it stretched.
Bumps and ripples on a carpet naturally happens over time and if your carpet is prone to heavy traffic such as constant contact with dust, pets and other stains, then the tendency of wearing out the foam under your carpet is greater thus, forming these ripples.
But don’t fret! There’s a solution to these things and with a combination of proper cleaning and stretching, you’ll have your fresh, elegant-looking carpet looking at its best in no time!
First things first: Cleaning or Stretching?
Whether you opt to have your carpet cleaned first or the other way around is fine. It’s really a matter of preference and convenience. Cleaning your carpet may take a couple of days (approximately 5-7 days) before it totally dries so if you go for cleaning first you have to wait for it to dry.
Rule of thumb: When stretching a carpet, make sure that it’s dry (and not wet after cleaning)
Also, the common notion that cleaning can loosen up your carpet’s fabric and produce those ripples after is not really true. Ripples and buckles which appear on the carpet right after cleaning is a by-product of the cleaning process itself. When carpets get wet, they swell. That is natural and once carpets dry, it will eventually come back to its original form.
When do we clean and stretch our carpet?
And once again, there is no definite answer to this. Carpet cleaning and stretching is dependent on several factors such as:
- Age of the carpet
- Amount of traffic it gets (i.e. How exposed is it to dust?)
- Presence of pets
- Presence of kids
And the list could go on and on…
One definite indication though that the carpet needs cleaning is when it loses its natural spark and when dust covering it becomes visible. Stretching may or may not come with the cleaning but if ripples and buckles persist even after the carpet has dried after cleaning then stretching definitely should be done.
Can we do the cleaning and stretching on our own or do we need to hire professionals to do it for us?
There are tips on how you can personally clean your carpet but if you want a hassle-free and a full package on carpet cleaning and stretching, then hiring someone (or a company) to do it for you might be the best choice.
Properly stretching the carpet for instance requires of a power stretcher – something which carpet cleaning company has. It has a foot plate, grabber head and an extension pole. When you hire someone to do the stretching, make sure they have this equipment. If they don’t, then consider looking somewhere else.
A well-cleaned and stretched carpet goes a long way in keeping your room attractive and elegant so make it a point to consider performing these two once you see fit.
Got any experience on carpet cleaning and stretching? How did you go about it? We’d love to hear from you so share us your stories on the comment below!