Carpet Restretching Explained

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Your home’s carpets feel great underfoot and make every room more welcoming. That’s why you regularly vacuum rugs and have carpets shampooed to keep them in good condition. But what can be done when lumpy or loose sections appear? The good news is, you may not need to replace your carpet – it just needs to be restretched. To learn more, check out this quick overview of carpet restretching from the Tri-State Area’s flooring experts, Aroma’z Home & Flooring Design.

What Is Carpet Restretching?

Over a carpet’s lifespan, foot traffic and heavy furniture may cause sections to become loose, develop lumps, and lose a smooth, even look. That’s where carpet restretching comes in. The process fixes these problem areas by stretching the carpet, removing any bumps and making it look like new again. Along the way, the carpet is re-secured to its tacks, anchor strips, and staples for the tightest fit possible.

While carpet restretching is recommended every few years, it should be done as soon as you notice any problem areas. Your household’s normal wear-and-tear can cause the carpet to become detached from its tacking strips, which secure it to the subfloor beneath. In some cases, these tacking strips can even sustain damage, while the carpet’s fibers and materials may stretch to the point of no return. Additionally, these unsightly areas create tripping hazards that make your home less safe for family and friends.

How Does Carpet Restretching Work?

Aroma’z Flooring uses a time-tested carpet restretching process to restore your carpet, although methods vary depending on the extent of the damage. For instance, some carpets only require re-seaming, while others need to have new tacking strips installed. In general, after identifying your problem areas, we’ll follow these steps:

  • First, we pull back your carpet and pad and free them from the tack strips and staples.
  • New tack strips replace existing strips.
  • Your carpet is stretched to smooth away lumps, ripples, and loose areas.
  • We reposition and secure the carpet to the subfloor with the new tack strips and staples.
  • Any leftover carpet that no longer fits in your space is trimmed away.
  • The carpet’s edge is embedded into the tack strips and tucked under baseboards for a flawless look.

Does My Carpet Need Restretching?

Whether you’ve had your carpet for one year or 10, there are a few telltale signs that it’s time to re-stretch. These signs include:

  • Wrinkles and lumps: If you notice areas of your carpet are raised, loose, and pose a tripping hazard, restretching is the way to go.
  • Base damage: Your carpet’s base structure may be torn, cut, or otherwise damaged, which will cause loosening.
  • Loose edges: Carpet edges should always be firmly attached to tack strips. If this is not the case, they begin lifting and must be restretched.

Trust the Job to Aroma’z Flooring

If your carpet could use a refresh with restretching, it might be tempting to try to do it yourself. But take it from us – without professionals on your side, you run the risk of unsatisfactory results or even total replacement of your carpet and pad. To learn more about carpet restretching and other carpet care for homeowners in the NJ, PA, and NY Tri-State Area, contact Aroma’z Flooring today. We’ll help you take the first steps toward restoring your carpet to like-new condition.