Carpet wrinkles can make your flooring look less than its best and also cause a tripping hazard. Fortunately, this type of flaw can usually be avoided, and if it occurs, it can be fixed.
A carpet wrinkle is a loose area in a wall-to-wall carpet that causes a buckled, waved, or wrinkled effect. The wrinkle rises up from the surface and may form after your carpet has been installed for a while.
The following are the main causes of carpet wrinkles:
In a hot and sticky summer climate like Atlanta’s, humidity is one of the biggest causes of carpet buckling.
As moisture fills the air, it penetrates the carpet and is absorbed by the latex materials used in the backing. If the carpet doesn’t have enough tension in it, humidity can cause smaller ripples or larger waves. These can sometimes pop up during the summer and then look flatter during less humid months.
If your carpet is improperly installed, it’s much more likely to buckle over time. Your installer should use a tackless strip to hold the carpet in place. In large rooms, the tackless strip should be wider in order to better grip the carpet.
In addition, your carpet should be properly stretched when it’s installed. Some installers fail to use a power stretcher tool to ensure that your carpet is stretched properly, has enough tension, and is far less likely to wrinkle.
Good carpet stretching runs $4 per yard and most bigger pieces of furniture need to be moved. Once wrinkles are pulled flat they show as dirty lines due to walking over them repeatedly.
So the logical thing is to carpet clean behind stretching always.
If the extra moisture is absorbed by the carpet backing, it can be absorbed by the latex materials in the backing. The backing can separate from the carpet, resulting in a wrinkle.
When your carpet is cleaned, it may be saturated with water and stay wet for an extended period of time. An advantage that Positively Perfect Solutions offer over wet cleaning methods is we use HOST Dry Extraction to clean your carpets. It is a dry solvent cleaner that leaves a dry carpet you can immediately walk on after cleaning making your carpet less likely to buckle.
When you buy carpet, it’s tempting to focus only on the look and feel of the carpet itself and skimp on the padding. That’s a mistake because even though it saves you money up front, it can cost you in the long run. If your carpet has insufficient padding, you can void the manufacturer’s warranty and end up with wrinkles and ripples.
To find out what padding (in terms of thickness and density) is needed for your carpet, check the manufacturer’s specifications for your carpeting.
If you’re handy, you may want to try to fix the wrinkles yourself. You’ll have to buy or rent a knee-kicker as well as a carpet stretcher. You’ll also need to have a four-in-one screwdriver, pliers, carpet knife, and putty knife.
When you move your furniture to have a carpet wrinkle fixed, you may also want to have it cleaned at the same time. Positively Perfect Solutions in the North Atlanta area uses the HOST® Dry Extraction Cleaning System, a low-moisture, environmentally preferred method of cleaning. You’ll be left with a beautifully clean carpet and avoid moisture-related carpet buckling in the future.