What is Carpet Restretching?

If the carpeting in your home has become loose and lumpy over time, contact A Personal Touch Carpet Cleaning for carpet restretching near Littleton.  We have the tools and the expertise to fit, trim, and restretch your carpet quickly and cost-efficiently, returning it to its “like new” appearance in no time.

Tools We Use

Power stretcher: as you may have guessed by its name, this is the most important tool we use. Depending on the size and dimensions of your room(s), it does most or all of the stretching.

Knee kicker: this is useful in tight spaces (i.e. less than 3ft. between the walls) where the power stretcher can’t fit. The knee kicker is less high-tech but just as useful for stretching carpet.

Carpet cutter: superior to the average utility knife, a carpet cutter achieves clean, accurate edges

Pry bar: we use this to remove the tack strip that attaches the carpet/pad to the floor

Stapler: for reattaching the pad

The Process

Step 1 – Peel back the carpet and pad

Using pliers, we separate one corner of the carpet from the tack strip and begin peeling back the carpet. Once a small segment of carpet begins peeling, it’s quite easy to peel the rest. One thing we’re careful is to not pull the carpet past a doorway, where we may risk breaking a seam.

Step 2 – Remove and replace old tack strips

The old tack strip is removed in 4ft. sections with a pry bar. If the tack strips are attached to a wooden floor, it’s a simple matter of prying them out. If the tack strips are attached to a concrete floor, we’ll use a chisel to penetrate the tack strips and then pull them up through the concrete nails. Once the old tack strips are gone, we’ll put down new ones.

Step 3 – Reset and stretch the carpet

First, we’ll use our utility knife to cut (resize) the padding so that it fits snugly against the new tack strips. The padding is then stapled in place, with a staple placed every 3” or so around the room’s perimeter and along the padding’s seams. Once the padding is in place, the carpet is rolled out and the restretching process begin. The power restretcher is activated and we begin stretching the carpet until it’s flat and lump/wrinkle-free. Once we’ve achieved optimum stretch, the carpet is reattached to the tack strip.

Cutting the carpet

With the carpet stretched to its maximum, we use a carpet cutter to remove the excess carpet that’s left over after the restretching process. The cutter is specially designed to hold the carpet against the room’s woodwork so that an accurate cut can be made, helping us avoid cutting the carpet too short or too long. When this step is complete, the carpet will look like it did when it was first installed.

If you’d like a quote for carpet re-stretching or any kind of carpet repair, contact our specialists today. Also, don’t forget to ask about our monthly specials.  Call us today at 720.344.2870 for a free estimate or to schedule your appointment. Remember at A Personal Touch, “We don’t cut corners, we clean them.”

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