How to tighten carpet

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How to tighten carpet
Tightening carpet helps improve its appearance. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Most carpet installed in homes use tack strips or carpet grippers to secure the carpet to subfloors. Over time, carpet can become loose or bubble up around a room. Fortunately, correcting this problem is not too difficult with the right tools. Many homeowners can rent carpet stretching tools from a local supply store and tighten carpet in a weekend project, depending on the size of the room. Carpet types will generally not affect the carpet stretching process.

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Things you need

  • Knee kicker
  • Utility knife
  • Carpet tool
  • Power stretcher

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  1. 1

    Remove all furniture from the room. Place it outside of the area where you will be stretching the carpet.

  2. 2

    Detach two sides of the carpet on opposite ends of the room. For example, start with the north and south ends of the room.

  3. 3

    Use a knee kicker to reattach one side of the carpet. Move down the entire wall to stretch and reattach the carpet.

  4. 4

    Cut excess carpet with a utility knife. Press the carpet edge beneath the baseboard using a carpet tool.

  5. 5

    Place a power stretcher onto the floor. Attach one end to the newly stretched carpet edge. Stretch the carpet across the room toward the opposite wall.

  6. 6

    Stretch the carpet across the room in a fan pattern, working your way toward the outside walls. Attach the carpet using the knee kicker after you stretch it across the room.

  7. 7

    Cut excess carpet with a utility knife. Press the carpet edge beneath the baseboard using a carpet tool.

  8. 8

    Repeat Steps 1 through 7 for the east and west walls in the room to stretch and tighten the carpet.

  9. 9

    Replace the furniture.

Tips and warnings

  • Ask a friend to help you with stretching the carpet. The process will probably go smoother and faster than doing it yourself.
  • Be careful to not overstretch the carpet as you can ruin it.

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