Smooth Talk About Wrinkles
Professional carpet installer Steve Hoover explained how carpet gets wrinkled. “Carpet has
to acclimate to interior conditions before it’s installed. That’s especially important if the
carpet has been in a cold truck or exposed to high humidity. If it’s installed while it’s still cold
or humid, you’re going to have wrinkling problems later on,” he said.
Improper stretching during installation is another cause. “Some installers lay the pad
and carpet and secure it with just the knee
kicker. Since the carpet was never really
stretched, it’s going to wrinkle after it’s seen
some traffic,” he added.
Steve’s advice? Make sure the installers
allow enough time for the carpet to acclimate
and insist that they actually stretch it
with a power stretcher during installation.
Key comment: “If the carpet wasn’t stretched during installation, it’s going to wrinkle later.”