Besides the use of shampoo, dog solvents and disappearing magic carpet spray, carpet stretching is another useful technique to keep your carpet looking good. Whether you are laying carpet for the first time or re-stretching the old to remove unwanted bumps and wrinkles, carpet stretching is very useful to rid bunched up and potentially dangerous trips and falls. Safety hazard are preventable. Proper carpet installation requires having the necessary tools on hand to get the job done.
The most challenging part about flattening out those unwanted bumps in your carpet is by achieving the proper stretch. Carpet stretching is an art and with a few proper tools like kneepads, tack strip, carpet stretcher, stair tool, knee kicker, utility knife and metal doorway strips, the stretching becomes a playful art; it will be useful to keep a vacuum close by as well. Whether you are a professional or a novice at carpet installation, the only way to produce the best look for installing a brand new carpet, or to help your old one look new again, is to make sure you have the right tools to yield positive results.
Since carpets tend to wrinkle over time from moderate to heavy use, it is necessary not to avoid taking the time to hire a handyman or professional flooring installation company to help you stretch your existing carpet. There is no need to replace perfectly good carpet with new installation unless the existing carpet presents an existence in which you would be embarrassed to entertain your guests.
Take advantage of cutting some costs by having your existing carpet professionally cleaned and either hire someone or take a stab at stretching the existing carpet yourself. Honestly, it can look new again. And best of all, injury by tripping on wrinkled up carpet can be avoided if you can take the necessary precautions as soon as you see the opportunity present itself for either a carpet facelift or replacement.
So what tools are needed for a “look good” installation and stretch? A great place to start is with a nice pair of kneepads. These will prevent scrapes, bruises and soreness to your knees and legs, which, by the way, you will be on a lot. The carpet power stretcher will be used for a good part of the work. The carpet stretcher is necessary to accomplish the big stretch over the tack strips. The tack strip ensures the carpet can be pulled and tucked in place while stretching.
A knee kicker is a like a small stretcher that will be helpful for tight corner spaces and for preparing your carpet for trimming; usually attached at one end of the floor, while the carpet stretcher attaches the other side of the floor to the tack strips. The stapler comes in handy for use with tack boards and padding. Using a carpet cutter or utility knife will be helpful in trimming extra carpet away and create seams. Metal strips can be used in the entryways of each room.
Although you can spend the time visiting your local home retail store, looking at all the available options for your flooring installation needs, try shopping online for these and many other types of installation tools for almost any project.