MAYBE NOT!    Carpeting can be re-stretched with some of the furniture left in the room.


Or how about stretching in a basement that has furniture.  It is certainly too much work to lug the furniture out to the garage unless there are unusual circumstances.  If there are no extra rooms then the furniture is moved from side to side. The room is done one half at a time. This technique  is slower but the job still gets done up to par.

A large bed in a bedroom, or entertainment center. However it is always best and easier for the  carpet repair man to have the furniture out of the room when it is cost efficient to do so.

Sometimes I can leave furniture like the computer desk area in the room and  slide my stretcher tubes under it. It depends on where the wrinkles are. I always try to keep things as uncomplicated as I can for my  customers.


And finally what about a flooded basement? Usually a lot of the furniture is tossed out. The rest once again has to be moved  back and forth and the cleaned carpet re-installed. Sometimes brand new carpet is installed. Pool tables can be a problem but they can often be moved back and forth on a dolly.  Companies that do carpet repair do this kind of work and many other repairs.

THERE IS ALWAYS A WAY TO MAKE YOUR CARPETS FLAT.  Carpet stretching  is a specialty. It is necessary because of a poor installation in most cases.




When furniture gets in the way of projects in the home there is a nifty item called “furniture sliders” that can help make it easy to push out of the way.

The sliders are plates that are slick on the bottom side and have a pad on the top. They can be purchased at stores like Bed & Bath, Lowes, Home Depot. The cost for a variety sized 12 pack is about $15 dollars. I use this commercial size often when doing carpet repair Rochester Michigan   jobs because they have many homes with expensive and large furniture.

These are placed under each leg of a piece of furniture so it can be easily pushed out of the room.  Often larger furniture is left in the room and slid back and forth rather than disassembling it. The room can then be worked on one half at a time.

The best thing about the sliders is they are a “back saver”! The furniture does not have to be “picked up” to slip the sliders under its feet. It can simply be pushed (tilted) at an angle so that front or back feet can have the sliders put into position one side at a time.

These are handy items to have around your house for projects such as  painting the walls or any do it yourself task that requires moving furniture out of the way.







(Look closely at the center of the photo and you will see the back of the carpet ready to split open and cause someone to trip)


The best way to fix this worn edge problem is to replace the step. A seam is made about 4 inches back from the edge and a new piece added. An extra piece of carpet is of course necessary.

An alternate method is to put a small patch into the worn out area. This not a very good way to go. The edge takes a beating and that is why it wore out first. A patch is not meant to be subjected to a beating.

And a third was it to “flip” the carpet end for end.  The bad edge can be patched and it will hold because it will not be on the edge. However the carpet grain is now laying in two opposite directions, and the natural match is lost.

(Finished step repair . Note the bright spot on the left is sunlight, and not a difference in color)

The seam runs from the wood on left to the wood on the right. The sun is hitting the face of the step. The seam and connection to the existing carpet is on the top edge about 5 inches back from the edge. It is all but invisible to a first glance and only a close inspection looking for it finds it.

I have done many  carpet repair  jobs on steps like the one above , and always have received pleasant comments.


(Has something like this ever happened on your carpet?)


Stains that a carpet cleaning company can not remove are a  carpet stain  repair companies , ” cup of tea” , so to speak.  Patching is a skill that sounds terrible but when done by an expert the results can be phenomenal.  A  large patch  can often be  almost invisible. Buy all new  carpet is not necessary , except maybe a small piece to replace a closet. Why  replace a closet? Closets are a good place to get perfectly matching carpet for the repair when there was no extra carpeting saved from the original install.

Thee materials  dye lot has to be a perfect match when doing patching to get the best results. The grain has to run in exactly the same direction. The hole that is cut around the stain has to be cut from its backside to allow the carpet edges to butt together perfectly. The piece that is cut to fit in the hole also has to be cut from its backside to make for a perfect fit. Below is an example of an actual burn repair that uses the same technique that a stain patch would use.

A tool called a “Hot Melt” iron is used in the above case to repair a household iron burn.  Hot melt tape is inserted under the seam joints and the hot iron melts the tape to the patch and main carpet body. This type of burn is more common than you might think. I once did 5 iron burn repairs in one apartment. However for this articles purpose imagine the burn is a stain.

In extremely large damaged areas such as can be caused by  pet stains, stretching the patch tight is necessary so that it doesn’t have wrinkles in it latter. This is a time consuming method because one seam has to dry before the other side can be stretched, then cut to fit, then  stay tacked, and finally seamed together.



When a new ceramic floor is added next to and existing carpeted floor the tile side becomes a tripping hazard in most cases. Its edge is higher than the carpet. Thick ceramic with an underlayment board or cement underlayment can often raise one side 3/4 of an inch higher than the other. This is just one of the many  carpet problems that we  solve for people living in the Metro Detroit area. Sometimes the repairs at the shims also need carpet stretching .

The shim board shown is made of a press board type substance and intended for home use.  It comes in different tapering thickness. They come in thickness ranging from 1/4 inch up to 1/2 inch thick They can be doubled by adding the 1/4 and 1/2 if necessary. This is not a perfect solution, but it is the best that is currently available other than raising the whole floor under the carpet to match the raised new tile floor on the other side of the carpet.

(Tile and sub floors  ridge is shown next to white wood floor. The striped pads backside is shown rolled away for access to the floor to nail the shims in place.)

(Loose shim board on tile they come in four foot lengths)

(Finished carpet edge tucked in at tile.  The 3/8 in high one foot wide tapered  shim provided a perfect transition height match between the raised tile and lower carpeted floor)

A metal bar transition piece is not the way to acquire the best looking and safe result. The metals are reserved for cement floors or  when linoleum  butts up to carpet. Years ago people washed their linoleum floors constantly to keep the kitchen eating area clean and the metal keep the soapy water from bleaching the color out of the edge of the carpet.

Some installers still use wood shingles as their shims.  This often leads to cracks between the boards telegraphing through the pad and leaving “ridges” in the carpet after a few years of walking over the area. They also have been know to “split” and pop up creating bumps under the carpet. I know because I specialize in all types of  carpet repairTroy Michigan areas.



Most of the time miracles can be worked if you have the right guy on the job. Repairs like this, of up to four or five loops, on a Berber carpet can be almost always invisible. When the snag is long a patch is required.  This carpet above actually has a repeating pattern of rows that have to line up perfectly.  The edges of a patch require sealing otherwise a new snag can occur. Applying just the right amount of glue is very tricky: Too little and a snag will occur, too much and the glue will show on the carpet pile.


Putting only a one , or a few loops of carpet back in place can be called “tufting”. Patching is usually necessary when more tufts are snagged or there are two rows side by side snagged. I have done  many a carpet fix  like the above one throughout my years as a carpet repair specialist.


This is not a Berber carpet in the photo below. I t is a more conventional carpet. The procedure is much the same as a Berber patch except the seam sealing is not as critical. It is still important. Notice the cigarette burn. That requires a smaller gluing tool obviously than the big iron.


Seaming tape that has glue on it  is placed along the cut seam lines and under the carpet.   The glue needs to be melted by the iron.

Of course the insert patch has to be cut to a perfect fit. The patch cutting is done from its backside as much as possible and then with sheers the edges are trimmed down to a perfect fit at an angle from the top side.

2. The iron is slid across the tape. When the glue is melted to the correct degree the iron is easily moved across it ( like across a layer of butter).

3. At the last corner the iron is tipped up to a 90 degree angle and slid out very carefully. A weight (tool box) is usually slid across the seam to help flatten it.  Here it is almost invisible the finished repair.


I enjoy calming down people who are upset about carpet accidents. They are thinking things like: Can it be fixed?  What is it going to look like?  How much is it going to cost? What will my husband or wife say, etc.  Sometimes they think that it can not be fixed because they called an amateur and I have to assure them it can be.  I did many carpet burn  Warren Mi. repairs when I lived in that area.  Especially at apartment complexes.


When  I hover over the damaged carpet area with my tools and I glance up to see an anxious look on a customers face.  Then I cut the stain (or damaged area) out of the carpet which leaves a hole in it.  BOY DO  THEIR EYES POP WIDE OPEN SOMETIMES .  I can just see them thinking that they should have lived with the stain or tear or whatever the problem was.  Some customers have actually verbalized it out loud.  I make people happy and that makes my profession one that I  like doing.



A first class carpet install and repair company will put their customers first. There should be no rush, rush, hurry up and get out of our way pressure from your chosen company. Good companies do exist.

Ask yourself are they polite?  Can you smell beer on their breath?  These are two deal breaker or getter signs.

What about shoes? Are they clean? Sometimes service people can wear booties over their shoes or work in their socks. If they can’t then they should at least have the courtesy to explain why.

Do they just slam things around, or drop their tool boxes on the floor? Do they do little things that show they care about your home? You can tell them to leave. It is your home.

Were they on time? If not, did they phone you and say they would be late?

Consider This Perspective- Give Respect

Actually I hear people all the time complain about how the cable people make them sit around all day and wait.    I am a service guy that gives my first customer an accurate appointment. My second or third customer  are told a starting time estimate of when I’ll finish my first job. I give  notice that I might be late unless they are willing to be my first job.  I call if I am running late. However, I have been stood up  by people many times despite how hard I try to not have them sit around all day waiting for me.  Please don’t treat me bad because others treat you bad.  Just thought I’d toss that thought in here.

Here are a couple of  true short stories of service people  that you would not want  in your home:

1. The ceramic tile man who worked his way out of the kitchen to the carpeted doorway in the hall.  His hands and knees were filthy and when he was done so was the customers carpet in the hall. It now had ground in  black stuff all over it ,and he never said a word about leaving it that way. That is how he was. Not very careful or respectful. The customer thought she could clean it out but it never all came out.  Because of the ugly carpet stain she asked me to replace the hall with extra carpet she saved. She was at least lucky that the hall was a short one.

2. How about the remolding company plumbers that had dirty shoes. The customer asked them if they had  shoe coverings that they could wear (booties) so when they came onto the carpet they would not soil it. They had them and said “Be glad to Miss”  That sounded promising.  Life is full of unusual results and this is a whopper.

These guys were real mental giants, or should I say ants.  They put their booties on and then walked outside in the dirt, and then inside across the carpet and into their work area, and then across the carpet, and outside, etc. without ever taking the booties off.

A Closing Thought

When you find a qualified and respectful service person my thoughts are that they are worth a little extra consideration.




Let’s start with indoor/outdoor carpeting and where it might be used. Some places outdoor carpets are used is in  tents, on porches, patios, and even around swimming pools.

The example below shows the results of a job I do almost every year in a seasonal tent on a golf course. Five pieces of carpet are seamed together every spring and then cut into five pieces in Fall, rolled up,  and stored until the next Spring. The seams are 70 feet long and I use hot-melt tape and the iron. The carpet has to be stretched tight and nailed to the asphalt to keep it safe and flat. I do the five sections one at a time. It goes something like this: stretch section 1, layout and stretch section 2, trim seam edges to butt together and then seam them together. The process is repeated and the carpet gets bigger and bigger and another piece is added.

The tent area is about 60 feet by 80 feet and is used on one of my favorite golf courses.  It is a two day job to re-install it and I bring a helper both days most of the time.

The weather is a problem for me because the rain comes into the tent area on the edges of the floor even if the flaps are down.  Sometimes they take the tent down before they tell me when they plan to do it and the carpet gets wet.  It is really hard to  schedule work around fickle weather.  However it does give their tent a “classy” look when its completed!.

INDOOR/OUTDOOR CARPET (roll up and store for next year)



This carpet was wrinkled and created a tripping hazard.  It is a glue down carpet and is not repaired by carpet stretching. Sometimes the installers water down the glue and trowel it too thin.  Eventually the carpet comes loose from the floor and it bubbles or wrinkles. In order to repair it I have to peel it back or cut what I call a “trap door”.  The trap door is a large three sided patch that I roll back and re-glue. This three sided cut is done wherever the carpet is loose. The distorted  wrinkle that I press into the glue  is  too big for the hole that I cut and trimming is needed. Trim it too small and it looks horrible. Trim it too big and a new bubble is created.

These “no room for error” jobs used to be nerve racking on me when I was first learning, but its no problem now. Practice makes perfect! These repairs shown were in Saint Clair County, however I do most of my  carpet repair in Oakland and Macomb County.



You don’t have to throw the dice when choosing a person /company that is going to do work for you.

There are many little things that can add up to a big NO THANK YOU when choosing a company (person) to solve your carpet issues. The signs apply to any trade.  It is always a good choice to start in your own neighborhood but don’t be afraid to look elsewhere. If a service man doesn’t want to work in your area he would not be advertising there. I for example do many carpet stretching Troy Michigan jobs even though I live in Shelby Twp. Michigan.

In order to make an intuitive decision one must listen carefully, and not get distracted.

1. If you ask a question, listen carefully and hear your questions words repeated in the answer. For example: If you were to ask  the serviceman “Do you use a power stretcher“? The answer is not “We stretch your carpets nice and tight and guarantee our work” or “We’ve been doing this many years and have many satisfied customers”. The answer that you want to hear is “Yes we always use a power stretcher“, and if they want to add other things like they guarantee their work of course that is just fine.

2. Listen carefully to what the different servicemen tell you when giving you their estimate. Do they offer information to you or do they make you ask them about important techniques that you researched and know are necessary.

Actual On Job photo; Notice the two by four board in the background,

it has a piece of carpet attached to its face so no scratched walls

3.Do they offer techniques that attitude that show respect for you and your house? When giving an estimate if your shoes are off , do they offer to take theirs off?  Do they have special adaptations to tools that they use so as to provide extra protection to your walls or floors?

A two by four board with carpet on the side that braces against the wall when the power stretcher is used is just one of many special features that Cosentino Carpet has been offering to folks desiring carpet repair in Oakland, and the Metro Detroit area. Further articles will show other special tools and techniques unique to most consumers experiences with the purchase or repair of carpeting.

Stair Shifting

These steps would be called Princess or Wrapped or Upholstered


Stair shifting does not mean an earthquake or moving the stairway to another room. That statement was an attempt at humor. Writing sometimes needs a brain jog. Non-the-less let me continue with information about what stair shifting is.

Shifting steps is simply to move the worn edge to an area that doesn’t get foot traffic. Exactly how this is done depends on how they were installed and how much extra carpet was saved after the original install.

Sometimes our pets can have an accident and leave a urine odor on a step or in a corner or a room. Rather than patching a step it can be replaced by using some of the closet carpeting. This is easier than doing a patch.

The most common stair installs are: 1:waterfall, 2:capped (princess steps)etc.lots of names, and3: upholstered around posts or edges.

Example of Waterfall stairway

Waterfall steps the easiest to shift. The carpet flows over the steps much like water would. It is not tacked tight under the top lip. The idea is to “pull down” the top and put it on the face (the part out toe would kick).  This requires some extra carpet since it leaves a top missing carpet.

I recently had a customer call me to do a carpet fix on their stairway that was wrinkled and I suggested that not only could I get the wrinkles out but it would be economical to do stair shift at the same time. They also had Pet Stains in their Rochester area home.

Princess steps are a little more difficult. Each step is individual. Sometimes they can be flipped end for end.  However most often they are pulled forward about 2 inches to move the worn edge under the steps front lip. These are also called “capped” or “upholstered” steps.

Upholstered Around Posts steps. These are done like the princess steps except it is more time consuming because of the wrapping around the posts. When the steps also have “ears” (wrap around an outside edge) the wrap is left as is. It gets no wear.



The general idea of how to do: a seam repair,  a patch repair, or install carpeting hasn’t changed. However  the tools have. Why? First because the carpets manufacturing processes changed. Secondly labor costs had to be kept down.

Up to the 1960s’ installing and repairing carpets was slow and meticulous work.  Very skilled people were needed just to accomplish only a satisfactory job. Seeming carpets was an art, along with matching up  their patterns. Any minor mistake resulted in a major flawed looking instal or carpet stain repair in Metro Detroit. That’s where he mostly worked.

Imagine you have a 15 foot by 24 foot long master bedroom carpet. The carpet in Grandads’ day came in rolls that were approximately 2 feet wide with flower patterns on them. In order to do a 15 foot wide room 8 pieces 24 feet long would be cut off at the store.  Then they would be hand sewn together to fit the 15 by 24 foot room.

If the customer had wall to wall carpet in their hallway then the new was sewn to the old in the hall. To do this the large heavy new bedroom carpet had to be layed out in the room and then folded over through the 3 foot wide bedroom doorway and into the hall so that it could be sewn from their “backsides” together. Of course the walls and wood door frames must not be scratched by the carpet. After sewing, taping, gluing, drying, the carpet had to folded over to its topside in the bedroom and installed.

Gramps had to put the carpet on the roof of his car,wrap it when necessary, and deliver it to do his installs or carpet repair work in Detroit and surrounding suburbs or whatever they were called back then.

Wall to wall was unusual back in his day. Most people had hall runners with binding, and stair runners with binding. How were they fastened after stretching? Sterilized “blued” sharp tacks were tossed into the mouth, turned with the tongue so the point was out. Then the carpets were knee kicked and tacked down.  Although my experience spitting tacks was limited I did get to try it out a few times. My dad wanted me to learn “everything’! Yes, I said “spit”.

Carpet Stretching

   Power Stretcher


The “wall to wall power stretcher” is another carpet stretching tool that came about due to changes in the manufacturing process of carpeting. The widths that carpets came in advanced from the size of a stairway runner up to 9 foot, then12 foot, and even 15 feet wide.  These wider carpets brought about the new synthetic fibers and backings.  They were much stiffer and the “knee kicker stretcher”  that my Grandfather used could no longer provide a permanent install. However it still has a legitimate place in a proper install, but not all of the stretching. For example steps and closets can be done with just a knee kicker.

NOTE: Many installers persist in only using a “knee kicker” to fasten all four walls of a room. It can get the carpet flat, but it will not provide a permanent install, no matter what they might promise you.  One of  my specialties if re-doing wrinkled improperly installed carpets.  Berber carper repairs are very tricky to stretch just right. If a power stretcher is used in the original install the chances are the carpet will remain flat for it’s life. Use your intuition when shopping or hiring a service person, and the results will turn out better for you.  Listen carefully and take notes if you have to.

                                                                                Knee Kicker


Having to sew by hand, carpeting the width of a stairway runner, which has  a pattern on it. The strips had to be assembled until it they fit a large living room.  Seventy years ago my Grandfather did just that.  The new wide carpets saved a lot of work time.


Actually my father gradually taught me how to get the “feel” for stretching carpets. Each carpet is different. Not only that, but as the rooms get bigger the stretching requires more pressure. Care must be taken so the the stretching pressure applied is kept even. Too much or too little creates wrinkles instead of removing them.  My dad would call me over to where he was stretching the carpet and pump the crank and then we would switch places and I would try it for a few stretches.

One day dad says to me “Come here, now you do it” This was a bedroom install of a cotton carpet. A type of carpet I have not seen in 20 years. It is soft and very flexible. Well, dad left the room and I was on my own. I was going to show him how great I could do it! I pumped that stretcher crank in each spot three or four times until it was really, really, tight. Boy was I doing a good job. That stuff just kept giving and giving and giving. I got it to have about three inches of excess. When I was about half done with the job dad came in to check on me.  His eyes popped wide open. His words were something like this “Holly Mackerel what are you doing”!  Stop! ,You’re going to rip it in half” I think he actually laughed a sigh of relief. He then patiently explained that each carpet has ‘its own feel. He then showed me the proper pressure and finished the room.   He kept a close eye on me the next time I was given the stretcher to use. We had a good laugh about it later and on many occasions. If you are thinking about carpet repair in Oakland Michigan, call on the experts.

From Carpet Stitching to Carpet Gluing

                                                           Example of a stitching “pattern”
   Throughout the years the techniques for carpet seaming and repairing split seams have changed drastically. Fifty years ago we needed to hand sew seams in carpeting. It was done from the back side with the carpet turned face down. We stitched left to right, and then right to left until it looked something  like a “baseball stitch” It wasn’t exactly the same baseball pattern, but acted as a good image to help people understand what stitches looked like. The pattern was a series of x’s down the carpet backings underside where it could not be seen from the top.
   As if hand seaming wasn’t a slow enough process, if we needed to put a patch into a  damaged  area we used a large curved needle and stitched from the carpets top side. This was done much like a surgeon stitching up wounds. To do  the simplest of carpet stain  patching repairs required even greater skill then basic seaming.
   As the 1960’s rolled in newer carpet repair technology in the manufacturing of carpeting forced the needle and thread techniques  into oblivion. Changes in carpeting backings  to synthetic materials demanded a new way to make a seam and also a new way to stretch them. The new  seaming/patching tool is called a “carpet seaming iron” and the new stretching tool is the “power stretcher”.  I’ll address stretching in another post


   It took a decade to perfect the iron and its’ accompanying hot melt tape. Temperature controls were added, a heat shield, heavy duty electrical cords, a directional cord outlet from the iron itself,etc. The tape eventually came with a silicone backing to keep it from sticking to the pad when the carpet was stretched especially when the power carpet stretching was used. The tape  also needed just the right amount of wax added in it by its manufacturer. Too little an amount of glue and it would not hold tight when stretched. It now comes in grades of thickness and with or without grooves.   A seam line is cut from the carpets backside on the adjoining pieces. The carpet is then laid flat with the seam pushed together. The tape is unrolled under the seams joining line. The hot iron is  placed on the tape and moved across it when it can be pushed as though sliding through thick butter on a plate.  In five minutes a typical bedroom doorway can be hot melted after all the prep work. A temporary weight is placed on it for a minute or two, and ten minutes later it can be power stretched.  The hot melt iron technique works well on any kind of patch that is large enough to fit it in the cut open area, such as an iron carpet burn repair. 
   Power stretching was another necessary innovation when the carpet backs became synthetic, and the carpet widths changed from narrow  runners to 9, 12, and 15 foot widths. Stretching will be discussed at a later time.

Carpet Repair Skills for Seams that are Splitting



Growing up most of us have heard the phrase from our parents or teachers at school “you never know in life where you might use or need these skills or lessons that you are learning”.  For example algebra or history or maybe even “how to stitch up a carpet”

Sewing carpets by hand is becoming a lost art.  It may actually be a lost art in a practical sense.  However besides using it in my trade to repair split seams I found another unusual application for hand sewing. One of these alternate uses for seaming was to create creatures for motion pictures such as ” The Galaxy Invader” , or  “”.  Star Trek was always a favorite of mine and I even made an amateur movie of it for fun.

Contact Cosentino Carpet Repair to repair your split seams, or for any other carpet repair needs.

Carpet Repair Alternate Ideas


 Although I have a premier 3rd generation carpet repair business in Macomb Michigan, this blog will often divert in thoughts to show how skills that I learned as a youngster were applied to other goals. Therefore you will be introduced to old time techniques and new techniques in carpet repair, along with unusual applications that I have made with them. If you are looking for Carpet Repair in Macomb Michigan, be sure to give a call. Everything that we learn in life is often useful in ways that we would never expect.  So let’s begin.

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