Eliminating Carpet Wrinkles
LESLIE: Now we’re going to talk to Jean from Illinois who has a question about carpeting. What’s going on at your money pit?
JEAN: Yeah, I have two wrinkles in my carpet and I need to know how to get rid of them.
TOM: And those wrinkles are driving you crazy, aren’t they, Jean?
JEAN: Yes, they are.
TOM: Well, what happens is carpet, over the years, will stretch and the only way to eliminate the wrinkles is to restretch the carpet and, unfortunately, it’s not a do-it-yourself project. If you’ve ever seen a carpet installer work, they have a tool called a kicker which grabs the nap of the carpet and stretches it. And you’ll be surprised that if you have that carpet restretched – and I assume it’s in otherwise good condition – it will look fantastic. It just needs to have some of the material taken out, but you’ll be surprised at how much of that material will end up being taken out. In an average room, say 10×12, you could take out four to six inches and stretch that carpet back out and it looks just great. So you need to have a carpet installer come in and restretch those areas. That will make those wrinkles disappear.
JEAN: Oh, great. Thank you so much because I looked into that and they kept saying I needed one of these things but I didn’t know how to use them. So it’s called a kicker and I know what that is.
TOM: Yeah, but it’s not a do-it-yourself project …
JEAN: No, no.
TOM: … because you’ve got to be able to reattach it to the tackless, which is the strip at the end of the wall, and that’s something only a pro can do.