How to Stretch Berber Carpet
A berber carpet is an expensive piece of flooring material to replace. After a long period of use, the carpet wrinkles or becomes loose. In order to extend its life, simply vacuum and clean it regularly. When it gets wrinkled, stretch the carpet once again to remove the wrinkles, making sure that it is tight. Here is a set of instructions to follow.
Step 1–Learn How to Use a Power Carpet Stretcher
Make sure you learn how to use the power stretcher before you start the carpet stretching project. If you do not have a power carpet stretcher and a knee kicker, rent one or borrow from a friend. These tools are quite expensive and rarely used; so, it is better to rent rather than buy them, unless you have a plan to make use of them often in the future. Ask for instructions on how to use the power stretcher so that you can get the job well done.
Step 2–Start at the Center
Start power stretching at the middle of one section of the wall. After stretching this area, move to another section about 18 inches away from the first one. As the carpet is getting stretched, attach it to the tack strip. Continue power stretching following this method and move towards the side of the carpet close to the door. Do the same with the other side of the door.
Step 3–Stretch at the Sides
Start stretching the other sides of the carpet after having finished with the 2 opposite sections of the wall. This time, the stretching should be performed at a 12-inch distance from the starting point. Work the power stretcher on every foot of the sides by following the same procedure as the above, making sure you secure the carpet to the tack strip every time one section is finished.
Step 4–Use the Knee Kicker
Use the knee kicker to stretch the parts of the carpet that are hard to stretch with the power stretcher. Some of the hard to reach areas include corners or around cabinets fixed to the wall. Sink the teeth of the tool into the berber carpet at a distance of about 6-inches from the wall and push the carpet towards the strip. Secure the carpet to the strip as before.
Step 5–Cut the Sides of the Carpet
Cut the sides of the carpet along the baseboards. Leave at least 1/8-inch of the carpet to tuck under every baseboard.
Step 6–Finish the Job
Finish the job by securing the carpet overhang under every baseboard. Drag or push the carpet to move along towards the direction of the baseboards and force it towards the underside of the baseboards. Make sure that every edge of the carpet is tucked securely under the baseboards. Double check every corner to see if everything is well secured, ensuring that the carpet will not wrinkle again.