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09/12/2018
A loose carpet is very unattractive and can even be dangerous, If your flooring has this problem, follow this tutorial by Tucson Cleanpro in Tucson, AZ so that you can solve it on your own.

How to Fix a Loose Carpet

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Get the Necessary Tools Ready

First things first: even though this maintenance project is relatively simple, in order to work through it effectively, you need to have the necessary tools ready to go. Plus, it very well may be that getting the proper supplies is the most difficult part of this process, since they are very specific. In any case, here's the list of what you'll need to tighten up a loose carpet:
  • knee kicker
  • hammer
  • chisel
  • pneumatic stapler
  • carpet cutter
Likewise, if you want to protect your hands against any dangers while you work, you may use a pair of working gloves.

Uncover the Tackless that's Under the Carpet

Now that you have everything to fix your loose carpet, it is time to start working on it. To that end, the next step you need to take is to expose the tackless that's underneath the carpet. In case you didn't know, the tackless is the component that attaches the fabric of the carpet to the floor. In most cases, whenever there's a loose carpet, the tackless is the one to blame. To make it visible, you just need to pull back the loose end of the carpet. You can identify the tackless as a piece of wood that has a bunch of nails on one side, and a bunch of tacks on the other. Be careful when handling it to avoid a mishap.

Rearrange the Tackless and Secure It

As mentioned above, a loose carpet happens because the tackless has lost its grip on the floor. For that reason, you need to create new holes in the ground that will allow it to have a more secure grip on it. Grab the tackless, move it half an inch to the side from its original position, and hammer it well into place. Make sure that you create new holes on the floor so the tackless doesn't continue slipping. Likewise, remember to have the nails facing down into the ground, so that your carpet can be properly restored.

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Extend the Carpet With the Knee Kicker

Lest you want to have a carpet that's not tight (which can be dangerous since people may trip on it), you will need to use the knee kicker in order to extend the carpet. To guarantee that your carpet will be properly restored, you need to use the knee kicker from one side of the carpet and work your way towards the loose end. As you go, be mindful that while you should make your carpet tight, you should avoid pulling too hard on it.

Cover the Tackless and Staple the Carpet

Once you have extended the carpet as much as possible, the next step is to cover the tackless with it, ensure that the fabric grabs on it it firmly, and staple the carpet in place. One thing to consider, however, is that you will need to use the chisel and hammer to guarantee that the tacks take on the carpet well. After you've done that, you can make use of the pneumatic stapler to secure the carpet in this position. Once again, remember to be careful when working with these tools so you don't end up injuring yourself.

Get Rid of the Excess Carpet

You're almost done with this restoration project! The next and final step is to simply get rid of the excess carpet that may be left over on the edge after you've extended the fabric, so that nobody will trip and fall over it. To cut it off, grab the carpet cutter and simply cut the carpet that's left over. When you do this, make it a point to cut the carpet as closely to the floor as possible. Do be careful, however, as going overboard and cutting too much of the carpet can actually leave your floors with an unsightly bald spot.

Call Tucson Cleanpro at 520 975 3172 if you want to get the best results in carpet cleaning in Tucson, AZ.

Contact Matt Kelaher
(520) 975-3172