Carpets: Why they Wrinkle and its Prevention

Carpet Wrinkles Prevention. Photo by Trang Nguyen on Unsplash

Carpet Wrinkles Prevention. Photo by Trang Nguyen on Unsplash

Most of us have carpets in our homes. You would notice though that it develops wrinkles and waves over time. Wrinkles and waves happen for a number of reasons. From man-made reasons to the weather. Listed below are four causes of these wrinkles and waves as well as how to prevent them. Here they are:

  1. Poor installation: If your carpet was not properly stretched during installation, it could wrinkle after a short period of time.  To prevent this, stretch it firmly and secure with carpet grippers.
  2. Heavy items: Dragging heavy items across the carpet is another cause of wrinkles. The force exerted by dragging a heavy item can loosen the carpet strip and cause it wrinkle.  If you must drag a heavy item, use two sheets of plywood to do so. First, place one sheet on the carpet and drag the item till the end, then place the second sheet to touch the end point of the first plywood. Drag the item across the second sheet till the end and repeat the process.
  3. Incorrect underlay: Wrinkling may occur because an improper material was used as an underlay the carpet. If the underlay is not dense enough to support the carpet, it allows excess flexibility, causing wrinkles.  To prevent this, always get an expert view on the type of underlay that goes with your carpet.
  4. Humidity: High humidity can cause wrinkles. The latex in the c absorbs moisture causing it to swell and form wrinkles. The carpet may return to normal when the moisture level in the room returns to normal. To prevent this, run your air conditioner during the hot months.

Nancy Ewurum is a young and ambitious lady with a passion for creative writing and social entrepreneurship through software development. Previously at Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology, Accra but now focusing on building her startup. She likes to write in her spare time. Connect with Nancy on Twitter.

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