Stretchers only stretches and repairs carpet, we do not install. Unfortunately your carpets are wrinkled in most cases because of the poor installation process. There is a standard for installing carpet called the CRI 104. This guideline is from the Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) and clearly outlines how installers are to install carpet. In order to properly re-stretch your carpet a Stretchers Carpet Rehabilitation technician will follow the process as outlined below:
· All furniture will have to be removed - To stretch carpet according to the CRI removal of all furniture must be done. Our trained professionals will move all furniture before the stretching process. We do ask the customer to remove all knickknacks and small items of furniture (if able).
· Loosen carpet from tack strip – A visual inspection will be completed to see if the tack-strip is placed correctly and not damaged along the baseboard or wall. If either is not suitable, the tack strip must be removed and new tack-strip put in the correct place. This procedure exceeds the CRI guidelines and is part of Stretchers engineered approach to stretching carpet
· Two rows of tack strip - After the first row of tack strip is placed a second row of tack will placed to the inside of the room. This is not industry standard but Stretchers has found that two rows of tack-strip is mandatory for the appropriate tension to be applied to your carpet. This procedure exceeds the CRI guidelines and is part of Stretchers engineered approach to stretching carpet.
· Base wall is designated - A base wall is designated by our technician to begin the stretching process. This will be different in each room based on the room size and shape. A 4X6X8 board is place along the base wall so appropriate tension may be applied by the power-stretch against without damaging the wall.
· Power Stretching – According to the CRI 104 power-stretchers must be used to appropriately stretch carpet. A knee kicker that most use was never intended to install or stretch carpet (unless is small confined areas such as a closet or around a toilet), it was designed to adjust the power stretcher or give the final seat of the carpet to the tack strip. The foot of the power stretcher will be placed in the center of the designated base wall with the head centered at the base of the opposing wall. The first stretch will be from the center of the wall, then every foot to the left and every foot to the right. After this process is completed, the technician will rotated the power stretcher assembly 90 degrees to the opposing walls. Much of this process exceeds the CRI guidelines and is part of Stretchers engineered approach to stretching carpet.
· Cut and remove all excess carpet – All excess carpet must be cut and removed to allow the technician to tuck the carpet under baseboard or to the wall.
· Stretchers tension test - The Stretchers technician will attempt to lift carpet by fibers. A "snap" back to pad must be heard with no wave action in the carpet. This procedure will be done in several places throughout the room to test for and even stretch. This procedure exceeds the CRI guidelines and is part of Stretchers engineered approach to stretching carpet
· Visual inspection – A visual inspection will be done to assure all areas are aesthetically pleasing.
· Vacuuming - Vacuuming all cut fibers
· Carpet cleaning by a certified professional – Stretchers recommends carpet cleaning by a certified steam cleaning professional company when stretching is completed. Cleaning is far superior after the stretching process is complete. This also discounts myth that cleaning wrinkles carpets. If carpets are installed according to CRI regulations, or stretched the Stretchers Carpet Rehabilitation method, your carpets will not wrinkle.
For more information about carpet stretching or carpet repairs in Grand Junction, please visit our website at gjstretchers.com or call us at 970.241.8080.
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