The carpeting in my house was installed during the winter, and they
apparently didn't bother heating the area and letting it expand before
Over the last few years the carpet has developed substantial wrinkles.
Can anything be done to get it to contract? I've already priced having a
reputable company come and trim it, and it's more than I feel like
spending to cure the problem.
the OP reports the carpet is 10 years old. aggresive stretching may rip it.....
at this point live with it, stretch it a little and live with it.....
or replace the carpet. 10 years is a long time for carpet..
> On Wed, 14 Aug 2013 19:38:13 -0700 (PDT), bob haller firstname.lastname@example.org
It depends a lot on what the carpet is made of.
Nylon is the strongest fiber that carpets are made of, and so nylon
carpets are the longest wearing carpets. 10 years is not old if it's a
Olefin is the least expensive fiber that carpet is made of. My
experience with Olefin carpets is that they last about 15 years, give or
take 2 or 3 years.
You should be able to get 30 to 40 years from a nylon carpet in a
residential setting if it's vaccuumed regularily. Not cleaning your
carpet is the single biggest thing that will shorten it's life because
road grit (if you live near a graven road) will get into the carpet pile
and literally cut the fibers to shreads when you walk on the carpet.
I'm calling a newbie alert so that the newbies in here don't get the
impression that carpet is actually made from polyethylene.
Carpet is made out of three synthetic fibers; nylon, POLYESTER and
The kind of polyester used to make carpet is called polyethylene
terephthalate or (PET for short) because the plastic consists of
repeating pairs of terephthalate groups bonded to ethylene groups like
so, it's realy poly(ethylene-terephthalate), which is a totally
different animal than polyethylene which looks like this:
Poly(ethylene-tereaphthalate) is a polyester because each terephthalate
group consists of a benzene ring with a carboxylate ester on each side
and it's those ester groups that make PET a polyester.
poly(ethylene-terephthalate) is the plastic that soft drink bottles are
made of, and much of the polyester carpet that's manufactured in the US
today is made from recycled soft drink bottles.
Sorry - PolyPropylene. AKA Olefin was the one I was thinking of - drag
a chair across an "olefin" berber and you have a permanent drag mark
melted into the fibre. It has pretty good colourfastness, mold
resistance, and a lfew other good qualities - but it makes a crappy
carpet for living spaces because of it's high friction and low melting
point. It also attracts dirt like a dog attracts fleas. Skin oil from
walking barefoot leaves tracks, and it is terrible stuff to clean -
and it is not nearly as wear resistant as nylon.
And you forgot PTT, or Triexta, or Sorona
And you forgot PTT, (or Triexta, or Sorona) ( poly (trimethylene
Over 80 percent of the commercial carpet made in the USA is made out of
nylon. Compared to Olefin and Polyester, Nylon is the strongest fiber
and makes for the longest wearing carpets. You can get even longer life
if you choose a LEVEL LOOP nylon carpet because of the natural
resiliency of a loop.
Hot melt taping a carpet together is not a job for an amateur. I used
to do that, but now when I have to install carpet in a 14 foot by 14
foot room, I buy a 15 foot long, 15 foot wide Berber instead so that I
don't have to do any taping.
I'd tell anyone in this forum that they can restretch their own carpet,
but I'd tell them to hire a pro to hot melt seams back together if the
tape lets go.
Oh, I'm not concerned about the seam tearing. I'd be concerned about
getting the tape down the middle of the seam. I was always concerned
that the tape would move and by the time I got to the other end of the
seam, there wouldn't actually be any tape under the seam.
And, I was always concerned about pulling the seaming iron out from
under the carpet at the end of the seam, and having it come out like a
great piece of pizza with glue stringers coming off all over the place
just like mozzarella and getting all over the carpet pile.
I'm chicken. I'd either butt two pieces of naplock front to front under
the door, or use aluminum track and push a vinyl molding down between
the two carpets.
The truth is that there isn't a single thing on this Earth that doesn't
seem easy once you have enough experience to be proficient at it. I
just never had anyone to learn from, and so I figured it out as best I
could on my own, but I learned that berbers were available in 15 foot
wide rolls before I ever became proficient at it.
In my building, there are only 3 apartments that have living rooms wider
than 12 feet, and I find it easier to install a 15 foot wide carpet than
to seam together a 12 foot wide carpet to fit a 14 foot wide room.
One adapts to one's situation as best one can. My situation is
completely different from a carpet installer. If the prospective tenant
doesn't like the fact that I installed a 15 foot wide carpet instead of
seaming together a 12 foot carpet, he can go rent somewhere else. I'm
not the only saloon in town.
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