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.”