Do You Need Your Carpet Stretched?

Posted on: 10 October 2022

Most carpets require basic care over the years: regular vacuuming and shampooing. But sometimes, carpets do require a little more care and attention in order to maintain their looks and functionality. One service that often comes in handy is carpet stretching. Keep reading for a closer look at what carpet stretching is, the signs your carpet needs it, and how to go about having your carpet stretched.

What is carpet stretching?

Carpet stretching is a process by which a carpet care company detaches a carpet on one or more sides, uses a special tool to pull it very taut, and then removes any excess before laying the carpet back down in place. Sometimes this is done when carpets are installed, especially when they are installed in a very tight space. But it can also be done on carpets that have been in place for 5, 10, or more years.

How do you know your carpet needs stretching?

Carpets sometimes loosen up over the years. They can also lose tension, which causes them to sort of spread out and take up more space than there is floor. The biggest sign that this has happened to your carpet is ripples or folds in the carpet. You may trip over these folds when you walk across the carpet. Sometimes they are located in the middle of the room, and other times you notice them near the edges.

Another sign your carpet needs stretching is if it is starting to come apart at a seam. If one half of the carpet is starting to rise up and cross over the other, this means the carpet on at least one side has loosened.

Having your carpet stretched removes these tripping hazards. It also helps reduce wear and tear on the carpet in the coming years. This, in turn, adds value to your home and saves you money on premature carpet replacement.

How do you have a carpet stretched?

Most carpet installation companies offer this service. Start by calling the company that installed your carpet. They are likely familiar with your brand of carpet and you can be confident they'll know how to stretch it well. If they do not stretch carpets, they can likely refer you to someone who does.

Carpet stretching is necessary maintenance for some carpets. If you believe your carpet may benefit from this service, arrange for it before the carpet gets too old.