Washington Post Cites CRI Advice: Re-stretching CarpetI work with business and industry groups so much that sometimes I forget there is so much great carpet related information for consumers on the CRI website. I was reminded of that recently when I saw that the Washington Post, in Advice on stretching carpet, referenced a CRI Technical Bulletin on re-stretching carpet in a question about removing carpet wrinkles. Here’s the tip:
“Question: I have 5-year-old wall-to-wall carpet that is stretching. There are lumps against the walls and especially under arches. The problematic carpet is on the center level of my three-level townhouse. The carpet was new when we bought the place five years ago, so I don’t want to replace it. I got one $300 estimate for restretching, but I fear that unless I figure out the cause, it might happen again. Is my fear justified? --Timonium, Md.
Answer: Proper restretching should fix the problem. A technical guide on recommended procedures is available from the Carpet and Rug Institute, a trade association. Titled “Guidance for Restretching to Remove Buckles, Wrinkles, and Bubbles,” it’s available at http://www.carpet-rug.org/.
Even though you’ll want to hire someone to do the work, it’s worth reading the recommended procedures so you can ask appropriate questions of the people you might hire. Among the requirements: All furniture must be removed first, the carpet needs to be pulled loose from tack strips and the job must include use of a power stretcher.”
Thanks to the Washington Post for telling its readers about some of the consumer information that can be found on the Carpet and Rug Institute website. CRI has many more technical bulletins – not all of them are for consumers, but many are, such as cleaning and maintenance and indoor air quality info, and how to install carpet over heated floors, among others. You can review those by clicking on this link to CRI's Carpet and Rug Industry Technical Bulletins & Technical Papers.