Is your carpet rippling or creasing up despite reinstalling it tightly, again and again? A rippled carpet is neither aesthetically pleasing, nor is it safe. It’s easy for children or seniors to trip and fall causing unexpected accidents. Most carpet owners are unaware of the reasons behind rippling, hence they are unaware of how to fix the issue. Wrinkles or creases on wall-to-wall carpet surfaces are harder to fix.
Ontario Carpet specializes in all kinds of carpets, area rugs and other flooring. Here are a few tips from our experts on preventing ripples or creases on carpets.
5 Ways to Get Rid of Carpet Ripples
Humidity is the main villain behind carpet rippling. So are extreme weather conditions. In four-season climates like in Canada, the extreme temperature changes draws in moisture from the air that seeps into the carpet. As a result, the fibres of the carpet swell and buckle. High humidity also invites mould and mildew to colonize your carpet. When the temperature turns drier, the moisture usually evaporates and the carpet flops back into its flat shape again, but mould and mildew are difficult to get rid of. If the humidity doesn’t naturally leave the carpet, it’s necessary to manually draw out moisture using any of these methods below:
- Dehumidifier: Run a dehumidifier to pull out excess humidity from the air and fabrics in the room, such as the carpet, upholstery and drapes. You can turn on the air-conditioner in the summer months to keep the room dry and your carpets in good condition.
- Reinstall Carpet: An improperly installed carpet can be another reason behind buckling. The carpet must be stretched tight from end-to-end and not move under your feet when you walk. Place a heavy item on one end, stretch it out flat and place the other end under another heavy item that will keep it in place. If the carpet was brought from a store that was not heated, let the carpet stand for a few days to get acclimatized to the warmer temperature in your home before laying it out.
- Wrong Underpad: If the underpad of the carpet is not dense, firm enough and high-quality, the carpet can buckle with increasing foot traffic. An underpad made of polyurethane foam helps to keep it in place. Polyurethane foam is available in several types for residential carpeting to prevent rippling: dense prime cushion, made from non-recycled materials; bonded foam or “chipfoam” made from scrap bits; and dense frothed foam that is made from carpet backing machinery that depresses under heavy weight, then bounces back to its original form.
- Delamination: Delamination can also occur when the low-grade adhesive used to attach the backing under the carpet detaches, making it buckle. In high humidity, floods or rain, this is common. You need the right adhesive to attach it back. Using low-grade glue for a DIY job can ruin the backing and the carpet for good. Make sure you get professional help to reattach it and reinstall for you.
If your carpet has buckled, call Mississauga’s largest carpet professionals at Ontario Carpet to fix it for you. We do the job neatly and quickly, protecting your investment for many more years. Browse our website for our other flooring installation and maintenance services at affordable prices. We have been serving Mississauga, Milton, Oakville and surrounding regions since 1968. Contact us for the best carpet cleaning and maintenance services.