Buckling and Carpet Ripples
There are several reasons for carpet buckling:
- The most common reason for buckling is improper carpet
installation. A high percentage of carpet installers do
not follow the CRI (Carpet and Rug Institute) Installation
Guidelines (CRI 104 & 105). If your carpet was not
installed using a power stretcher, it was not installed
properly. Power stretching a carpet will not tear a
carpet, but will provide you with maximum years of use out
of your carpet and is mandatory by Shaw Industries (major
carpet manufacturer). Installation performed without the
use of a power stretcher can void the manufacturer's
- Improper carpet padding (too thick).
- Dragging heavy furniture across wall-to-wall carpeting
may pull carpeting off of tackless strip, causing waves
(this will affect carpets not properly installed).
Re-stretching is the remedy for buckled or wavy carpets. It
can add years of life to your carpeting. Re-stretching will
not reverse damage or excessive wear caused by improper
installation, but works to prevent further unnecessary damage
Bleach, Burns, and Permanent Stains
Sometimes the only way to fix a carpet problem is to remove
the affected carpet and replace with a donor piece (usually
from a hidden corner of a closet).
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