Forum Title: Many small carpet wrinkles
Hello all, I'm the building manager in a theater and I'm having carpet problems in the house. Over time our completely glued down carpet has accumulated some wrinkles. I read a previous post about how to stretch carpet which I have no desire to do. I have 200 very heavy seats bolted on top of the carpet and do not have the time to take them out to stretch it. However, the wrinkles are turning into a safety hazard as people (lots of little old ladies in high heels) catch their heel on the way to their seat. I had a random person suggest something like a large needle to go through the carpet's weave and get some glue under there. Is this something that could work? Does it work effectively? Will the glue bleed through the carpet at all? As the carpet is very old I'm not too concerned about it looking pretty and truly we all know it's time to get the thing replaced but it's going to currently take more time than we have. So suggestions anyone on keeping my carpet safe? Thanks!
Category: Carpet Post By: VICKI CRAIG (Oxnard, CA), 02/11/2019

1. Strectching the carpet is out of the question, it would only cause more problems. 2. Injecting glue under the carpet is probably your best bet to get rid of the wrinkles. Hire a pro to come in and do this. You will be happy you did.

- Hannah Morris (Newark, NJ), 03/20/2019

In some cases the glue down carpet will wrinkle when the old adhesive crystallizes (dries out) and there's no bond to the substrate. If you inject glue with a needle before the crystallized adhesive crumbles into a hundred zillion dust particles you can possibly re-bond the carpet to the slab. Unfortunately most people allow the loose, wrinkled carpet to get heavy traffic for months if not years. That can create so much dust under there that the glue can't be effective. Another factor to worry where that's been the case is delamination or deterioration of the carpet backing. This can also be reduced to dust or tear off like a web from the face material. There's not much you can do besides shoot glue in with a needle. It's something that you should hire an installer to do on an hourly basis. Start with a few small sections to see if it's going to work. Another alternative, which is not a good one is to make splices in the loose areas open the carpet up much like a surgeon would peel back skin, clean and vacuum any dust and then trowel on adhesive, close up the patient and seal the seams. A professional would quickly determine which of these methods is advisable and he'll probably want to open up at least one of the wounds for exploratory surgery to help confirm that decision.

- LEO BREWER (Warren, MI), 05/16/2019

Do you know what type backing the carpet has? I wonder if it's not unitary backing.

- ALEXANDER HARVEY (Downey, CA), 04/15/2019

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