Let’s face it, ripples, burns, and holes in your carpet are just plain ugly – not only that, but they are tripping hazards, as well. The good news is these problems can be easily fixed by a professional.
Causes of Carpet Ripples
We all know the causes of carpet burns or holes, but what about carpet ripples? The number one cause of rippling in carpet is poor installation. In order to save time, carpet installers will often use a knee kicker to tighten the carpet; this will result in the carpet “relaxing” after a relatively short time (usually 3 to 5 years). Proper carpet installation involves using a “power stretcher” to make sure the carpet is drum tight from the beginning. If your carpet is installed correctly, the chances of it rippling in the future are reduced.
However, even if the carpet is installed properly, rippling can occur on occasion. If the ripples grow tall enough to cause a tripping hazard, delamination can occur – the glue that holds the plastic backing to your carpet can dry out, and the backing can pull away from the carpet fibers.
The weather in Colorado can speed up the delamination process. High humidity in the spring and summer months can help the glue on your carpet to relax, while the drier air in the winter can cause the glue to dry out. In fact, here in Colorado we can go from a dry 10% humidity to 50% humidity in a season – this can wreak havoc on your carpet!
Spills, floods and sitting water can also cause ripples, as can inadequate padding. If you spill something on your carpet, make sure to clean up the spot immediately following the manufacturer’s instructions. If you clean your carpets yourself, make sure they dry completely before putting any furniture back on them.
Although carpet ripples sometimes appear after cleaning, it is a myth that professional cleaning causes ripples. Occasionally ripples will occur after a professional cleaning; however, they are temporary, and will settle flat once the carpet is completely dry. If the ripples that occur after cleaning don’t go away, there is another underlying problem causing them.
Our Carpet Repair and Restretching Services
While carpet ripples, burns and holes are unsightly, they can be fixed fairly easily. Here at A Personal Touch Carpet Cleaning, we’re experts at carpet repair and restretching!
Here’s the process in a nutshell:
- First we determine what the issues are and how best to fix them
- Then we lift up the carpet from the tack strips that hold your carpet down from three sides of the room
- Finally we professionally restretch and/or replace carpet with our specialized equipment
Carpet repair and restretching can extend the life of your existing carpet, and is much cheaper than purchasing new carpet. Our courteous, experienced technicians make the process easy, and you’ll have a carpet that’s flat, ripple-free, and beautiful!
Carpet repair and restretching is a tricky business, but our trained technicians have the experience and know-how to get the job done right. This is not a do-it-yourself job – we use state-of-the-art techniques and tools that most homeowners don’t have.
With more than 30 years of experience, we deliver outstanding results at a competitive price. If you have ripples, burns or holes in your carpet that you’re eager to get rid of, contact us today!