Is renting a carpet cleaner worth it?
Date: 24 Feb 2017 Category : Carpet BucklingLink: www.kmcarpetcleaning.ca
Carpet buckling is when a carpet is stretched, and the carpet does not return to it's normal shape or size.
Carpet buckling can occur in any carpet, but the thinner the carpet the more likely it is to buckle when under stress, subjected to humidity or water.
Buckling will look like there is excess carpet on the floor, looking like ripples
The most common cause of carpet buckling is humidity or simply water. For example if you live a very humid environment, or there was a flood in room with the carpet, or too much water was applied when carpet cleaning. The last cause is the one of concern, as it is avoidable. Remember that when you are having your carpets cleaned, they should not take more than 4 to 6 hours to clean or the carpet may buckle due to cleaning.
Carpets will buckle when they are wet, even without any stress on them, much like a sweater will actually be larger when you pull it out of the washing machine when it is wet.
The thinner the carpet, the more susceptible it is to carpet buckling when damp or wet.
Most carpets will relax, when wet a little, then go back to their normal size when dry. Don't forget that when the carpet is installed it is installed under tension, meaning it is pulled tight and anchored on each wall.
Yes, most times carpets will return to their normal tension, even if they were caused by carpet cleaning.
If the carpet buckling doesn't dissipate, then it is time to have your carpets stretched. Carpet stretching is done with specific tools, and usually by professionals. If you are comfortable stretching the carpet yourself, you can rent the carpet stretching equipment at homedepot.ca. If you are stretching the carpets yourself, be careful you don't apply too much tension and rip the carpet.
Sometimes carpets will buckle in high traffic areas where the carpet is thin, during carpet steam cleaning, and will remain solid in the other areas, much like your favourite jeans, with holes in the knees. This area is far more likely to rip when stretched.
One last option, is to find a piece of carpet that you have in the closet, and patch it. Patching carpet definitely requires a professional. The Carpet that was replaced will look a little odd, as it will be newer.
If your carpets have buckled as a result of someone else steam cleaning your carpets, have the carpet cleaner come back and take responsibility for it. If they don't have the resources to fix it, they will have contacts to reach out to, it is the carpet cleaner's job to correct the problem.
When you initially engage the carpet cleaner, ask them directly if the carpet buckles, will they fix it.
Carpet steam cleaning should rarely cause your carpet to buckle. The only instance this may occur, is when the carpet is so dirty, more than 2 or 3 passes have to be made to get the dirt out. Even in this scenario, the carpet cleaner should take extra time do an extra vacuum pass, to extract excess moisture.
Make sure that you have confidence in the carpet cleaning company that you hire. My advice is always ask as many questions as you need to. The carpet cleaning company's job is serve, and part of the process is also education.