What Causes Looseness In Carpets?
Looseness in a carpet. What causes that? What leads to it? Why does it happen? How can it be avoided? How can it be prevented?
In a residential settings, typically carpet will have padding underneath it. There is a number of things can can lead to looseness in carpets and ripples. One thing is that the carpet wasn’t installed properly to begin with.
Carpet should be given a good hard stretch. Depending on the size of the room, stretching it 1 to 3 inches. To give it a good hard stretch and tautness. Rolled goods, when they come from the factory, with time they will loosen up a little bit. So they could use a good hard stretch. They are made with a primary and a secondary backing to withstand that. That is how they should be installed. If there is padding under the carpet, stretch and secured on the tack strip. When they are first installed if they don’t, with some time and wear, they will develop looseness. That is one of the sources. One of the causes.
One of the other possible causes is water damage. A lot of water over time will weaken the back of the carpet. They have a primary and a secondary backing. They are held together with latex type glues. Those glues soften and deteriorate. Water damage accelerates that. If they are wet and if the carpets are handled and walked on or folded when they are wet, that aggravates it.
Localized ripples can be caused by dampness or water damage in a small area. If you put any kind of solvents on a carpet, that dissolves those glues almost immediately. Solvents, if you ever use them on carpet, have to be used carefully, sparingly. Keep it out of the back of the carpet. That will dissolve those glues and cause a de-lamination and hence ripples and looseness very readily.
Another cause is cheap, inexpensive backings to begin with. They don’t hold up well. Over time and with wear, they will deteriorate and develop some looseness.
Another thing is wheeled vehicles. Wheelchairs, carts, trays, whatever is wheeled across carpet. It will withstand some of that, but a lot of that is very hard on the back of the carpet.
Another things that accelerates it is if the carpet padding isn’t adequate and it gets smashed down and looses it cushion and resilience. That accelerates or adds to the break down of the backing of the carpet as well.
All of those are factors. Any of those combinations can lead to looseness, de-lamination and ripples in the carpet. If it is localized from the solvents, give it a good carpet cleaning. You may need to re-glue the backing. It may be possible. If it’s more than just a small area, it may be fairly difficult to repair. If the backing is still in decent shape, then just re-stretch it. Move the furniture out of the room so that whatever directions the carpet would need to be stretched, it can be. If a stretch is necessary, hopefully you will get another few years out of it.