Is your carpet looking a little less inviting lately? There might be some wrinkles in it! In this article, you’ll discover a quick fix to this pesky problem.

How to Get Carpet Wrinkles Out Without a Stretcher

What causes the wrinkles

Wall to wall carpeting may develop wrinkles early on because of poor installation practices. The carpet may have not been stretched properly in the first place or attached correctly to the perimeter tack strips.

As time goes on, even well-installed carpeting can develop wrinkles. Carpeting often comes loose from the tack strips or the tack strips can detach from the flooring. Also, carpeting will stretch out due to repeated foot traffic over the years or from pushing heavy objects, such as sofas, across it. Source: TheSpruce

How to get wrinkles out without stretcher

If you do not have a carpet kicker, you can use your own feet to stretch the carpet. It is not difficult and can actually be somewhat entertaining.

  1. First, get all of the furniture out of the room.
  2. Pull up the carpet with pliers, starting in one corner of the room.
  3. Remove the carpet from the tack strips working from wall to wall.
  4. Replace damaged tack strips as you work if they are bent.
  5. Start at one end of the room, stand about a foot from the wall, and jump forward with both your feet, letting the carpet slide into the wall.
  6. The carpet should move at least 3″. Try again if it did not move until it does.
  7. Tack the carpet in place where it moved.
  8. Repeat these steps until you the carpet is stretched to your liking.
  9. Trim the excess carpet from the edges and tuck the carpet between the floor and the wall. Source: UpgradedHome

How to tell if carpet has been stretched enough

Wrinkles and creases in the surface of the carpet are a big indicator of the carpet needing to be stretched. If no wrinkles are present, a simple way to test would be to try and lift the carpet from the center of the room.

Using your fingers, grab the pile, and try to lift the carpet. If it won’t lift very far, that’s a good indication that it is adequately stretched. When you let go of the carpet, observe how quickly the carpet goes back into place. If it snaps back down, it is nice and tight and doesn’t need stretching. If it floats slowly back down, this indicates a need for stretching. Source: HomeDecorBliss

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