What To Do When Your Carpet Buckles After Cleaning

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Good question, what DO you do when you see buckling and wrinkling in your carpeting after it’s just had a good cleaning? After all, carpet isn’t supposed to do those things after it’s been cleaned or walked on or, really any reason.

But you’d be surprised at what causes carpet to buckle and, the good news is, these unsightly ripples don’t always mean there’s a problem with the carpeting itself but other contributing factors are to blame. Even better news is that you can solve these issues rather easily.

Causes of Buckling

A carpet will sometimes start to reveal evidence of rippling and buckling the longer you own it. That’s due to the underlayment or padding that’s been laid down beneath the carpeting material starts to break down, something it’s bound to do naturally depending on the type of padding you chose to lay down.

Some types of underlay last longer than others and if yours is starting to give way, it’s also going to release the carpet from its holding place in certain areas. You’ll really begin to notice it on carpeting that sees a lot of routine foot traffic.

Buckling After Cleaning

You’ve hired carpet cleaning in Castle Rock and right after the cleaners have left, you notice the carpet starting to buckle and wrinkle almost immediately. Great, now what? Well, the first thing you need to know is why it’s happening. The culprit is typically due to the carpet having not yet fully dried.

When the carpet is wet that can allow it to stretch and form wrinkles. No need to worry, as the ripples will start to relax once the moisture dries from the fibers. To help expedite this, you can use fans to make the carpet dry quicker.

However, if you notice the wrinkles have not smoothed out of the carpet’s surface even after it’s fully dried, then you may have a bigger problem on your hands. This can happen with older carpets, they get stretched out during a cleaning and then never return to their original placement. You’ll probably need to have the carpet pulled, stretched, and reinstalled again.


For those homes with high humidity, the carpet could start to buckle and remain in that state because the material hasn’t been allowed to dry fully. The humid conditions indoors are preventing the carpet from drying and that will give way to the carpet stretching as a result.

Excessive levels of moisture in the carpet won’t just allow it to stretch but could promote the growth of mold and mildew over time. This is not healthy for you to live with and you may have to tear up the carpet to clean it all out if left to remain long enough.

So avoid all of these problems entirely by reducing the humidity levels in your home through the use of an air conditioner as a way to cool the room down or run a dehumidifier to bring down the amount of moisture inside of your home. Both of these solutions should be useful for helping your carpet dry quickly and thoroughly.


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