You may be concerned about the wrinkles you have in your carpet. But in fact, it’s an extremely common occurrence. One of the main reasons your carpet is wrinkled is due to humidity, as moisture in the air penetrates your carpet, leading to buckling and wrinkling. Carpet wrinkling is common in homes within four-season environments that fall victim to frequent temperature changes.
But there are other reasons at play here too. Your carpet could be wrinkled if:
- You drag heavy items such as furniture along your carpet
- You have a poor quality underpad
- Delamination has occurred
- Your carpet was improperly installed in the first place
- It’s old
If your carpet is relatively new, the cost to fix the wrinkling may be covered by the warranty. If your carpet is decades old, though, you will have to pay out of pocket to fix it. Let’s go more in-depth on why you are seeing carpet wrinkles, which can detract from the beauty of your home and pose tripping hazards.
1. Carpets Get Wrinkled Due to Poor Installation
If the original carpet installers did not use a power stretcher when installing the carpet, wrinkles can appear prematurely. Some installers use a knee kicker to set the carpet, but if the carpet doesn’t get fully stretched, it will drag away from the nails. Later, this can result in swelling and creasing.
2. Carpets Fall Victim to Temperature Fluctuations
Temperature fluctuations are a big contributor to wrinkles on your carpet, especially due to excessive humidity or heat.
3. Carpets are Susceptible to Moisture
You may have rented a steam cleaner to clean your carpets. But while the top dries fairly quickly, moisture can stay trapped underneath for a while. That excess water causes carpet fibers to stretch and fail to return to their normal state.
4. Carpets Can Wrinkle Due to Heavy Furniture
Heavy furniture can wrinkle your carpet. And if you move or drag that heavy furniture across the flooring, you could be creating bubbles due to that pressure. Always use carpet protectors and gliders when you want to move or position furniture.
5. Your Carpets Could Just Be Getting Old
Over the years, carpets lose elasticity, which translates to wrinkles. In addition, excessive foot traffic doesn’t help the situation.
Reducing Wrinkles on Your Carpet
There are a few things you can do to reduce the amount of wrinkles in your carpet.
- At the time of installation, ask your installers for tips on how to best maintain the rug.
- Call a professional to re-stretch your carpets which will eliminate the wrinkles and buckles.
- Call a carpet cleaning professional to clean your carpets. Here at 1st Class, for example, we use the Butler System built into our vans for a steady stream of power that keeps the water temperature at a constant 200 degrees Fahrenheit with consistent suction. We also use drying machines to ensure your carpets are completely dry with no excess moisture left behind.
Call 1st Class Carpet Cleaning and Restoration Services at (248) 491-3088
To schedule a consultation and get a free quote on carpet cleaning and drying, call us at (248) 491-3088 today.