How to repair loose carpet

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How to repair loose carpet
Loose carpeting can trip guests. (carpet image by Ogis from Fotolia.com)

Carpeting is one of the most common floor coverings, but it is also prone to wear and tear. If your carpeting is loose and falling away from the edges of the room you will need to stretch the carpet and fasten it to get rid of the looseness. You may need the help of a friend or a carpeting specialist to finish the project.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Cookie-cutter tool
  • Knee kicker carpet stretcher
  • 4" wallboard knife
  • Utility knife
  • Seam iron
  • Replacement carpeting
  • Double-face carpet tape
  • Seam adhesive

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Rent a knee kicker carpet stretching tool from a carpet distributor or carpet repair centre. Use the knee kicker to pull carpet taut and attach the edges to the wood strip perimeter of the room. Look for a knob on the knee kicker and turn it to adjust the depths of its prongs. Prongs should extend enough to grab carpet backing without cutting through the carpeting or any other material.

  2. 2

    Start from the corner of the room or another place where carpet seems firmly attached. Press the head of the knee kicker into the carpet, distancing it about two inches from the wall. You will need to push your knee into the cushion of the knee kicker to push the carpet forward and toward the wall. This will get rid of carpet looseness. Use a four inch wallboard knife to tuck the carpet edge into the area between the baseboard and wood strip.

  3. 3

    Trim the edges of the carpet with a utility knife if the carpet is still too loose, and stretch the carpet again. If you still face difficulty, the carpeting may be too small or too large for the room, and you may have to replace the carpet.

Tips and warnings

  • Use a straightedge or ruler to check for straightness if you must cut the carpet with a utility knife. Using a straightedge will protect the carpet from ragged or uneven edges.
  • If you rent a knee kicker, ask for the instruction manual before you begin this project to avoid damaging your carpet.
  • Check the knee kicker settings on the knob before you use it. You may damage your carpeting and underlayment if prongs protrude too far.

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