How To Get Wrinkles Out Of Carpet Without A Stretcher

Do you have a stubborn wrinkle in your carpet that just won’t come out? You’re not alone! I’ve been there and done that all. 

I have earned some experiences and tips for how to get wrinkles out of carpet without a stretcher! Give them a try and enjoy the smoothness again!


How To Get Wrinkles Out Of Carpet Without A Stretcher?

Let Your Carpet Settle Naturally

If you have a wrinkled area rug, there are a few ways to fix this problem. Simply unrolling and placing your rug out will help it settle naturally over time as wrinkles eventually release without intervention. 

Also, the creases or folds refuse to go away on their own after some time has passed, so it’d better use the methods below.

Roll The Area Rug In Reverse Of The Wrinkle Or Crease

If you want to get rid of wrinkles in your area rug, sometimes the best option is just rolling it up. 

Rolling an area rug can feel like a daunting task, and if there are any creases or deep wrinkles that need smoothing out, this method will be too difficult for most people. However, using this technique on smaller areas with slight pilling should do wonders!

It might take some time before you see any change but rest assured- the process does work when done correctly!

Roll the area rug in reverse of the wrinkle or crease (source)

Use a Knee Kicker

Move all the furniture out of the room, including any cabinets or other bulky things. Clean up any areas on the carpet that you can fix with a knee kicker. 

To fix it, start from one end and place the knee kicker on it. Then use your knees to push down on it so that you can walk across your carpet.

Weigh Down The Wrinkles And Creases

If your carpet is wrinkled, you might try loosening it by rolling it in the opposite direction. You can also use tape to hold the rug down or turn it upside down on a hard surface. If your carpet starts to crack, then you may need to stop doing this. 

Another way is to place heavy objects on top of the rug and push them back on it. Or, place your rug in a room with high heat from either sun or a heating system for about 70-80 degrees Fahrenheit for two days.

Use The Ice Cube Method

Place a cube of ice on the mark on your carpet. Let it melt overnight. In the morning, clean up any spilled liquid. Then use a spoon or coin to pull at your carpet’s fibers to make them go back into place. If there is color bleeding, examine a small area before you do all of it.

Steam Your Carpet

Ensure that your area rug is made from material that does not melt, like nylon or polypropylene. If the rug has water on it, put a towel over it to protect the material.

Preheat your iron, and then start using it to quickly press out wrinkles and creases in the rug as you are pushing down on top of the towel with the iron. After you are done, vacuum up any loose dirt or debris, so your carpet feels more even again.

To get rid of stubborn wrinkles and creases, put more pressure on the iron when you are ironing. Put the iron over those places for up to 10 seconds.

What Causes The Wrinkles In The Carpet?

Improper Installation 

Knee kicking your carpet is an unskilled way of installing it and will forfeit the warranty if you do. 

If your rug’s not stretched correctly during installation, then there’s a chance that it’ll start sagging from nails or even come up completely. 

It can also create creases in place, which are difficult to take care of later on – find out more about installing carpets properly, so this doesn’t happen!

Humility and Temperature

Humidity can make a world of difference when installing carpet. If you’re going to be putting in new flooring, allow it time to acclimate at least 24 hours before installation takes place. 

A room that is closed for an extended period and has high temperatures (over 85 degrees Fahrenheit) may cause wrinkles on the surface of your newly installed rug as well!

Temperature can cause wrinkles to your carpet


Moisture, a common culprit in carpet delamination, can come from improper cleaning and over-wetting the carpet, or even flooding. It is also present when moisture comes up through holes or lack of protection on concrete slabs below the flooring. 

In this instance, it’s best to make an insurance claim as soon as possible, so you have replacement carpets for your home before they are completely ruined by water damage!

Heavy Furniture

You may not think about it, but furniture can be a heavy burden on your carpet. Even the weight of settling in place causes small movements that, over time, will cause your rug to loosen and bubble up at its edges.

Your carpet’s strength is great even when you don’t realize how much pressure has been put upon it by things like moving or reclining chairs. 

The Wrong Type Of Carpet Pad

Some people use an old rug pad to save money, but this may cause damage and other problems.

They think it is frugal by using a used carpet cushion or even a low-quality one that is not made for the type of flooring in their home. However, frequent movements on these types of carpets often lead to tears and frays, which can end up costing more than if you just bought quality stuff upfront.

A Long Period Of Usage

With all the traffic your rug has been getting, it’s only natural that it will get wrinkles one day.

If you’ve had a carpet for a while or have just moved into an old house with existing carpets, chances are eventually they’ll wrinkle up if there is high foot traffic on them.

How To Avoid Wrinkles In Your Carpet?

Follow The Instructions From The Manufacturer

Every carpet manufacturer has special instructions and rules for how to install their carpets. So, follow the instructions that are on your carpet’s website or the product.

Use A Carpet Pad Underneath Furniture

Different types of carpets require different types of padding. If you do not use the proper padding, your new carpet warranty might not work. You should ask the carpet company what they recommend before you decide.

The Plush and Textured carpet style can have a pad up to 7/16″ thick and a density rating of 6 pounds or more for residential applications. Make sure you get a carpet that has at least 8 pounds of padding to prevent wrinkles. 

Looped Berber carpets usually need less padding but should still have a 6-pound density rating. Frieze carpet styles need at least 8-pound density padding with ¼ inch thickness or less.

Move Heavy Items Every Few Months

Move heavy furniture every few months to ensure that the carpet underneath is not damaged by heavy furniture. You can also change where you put your area rug to avoid damage in certain areas of the carpet.

Purchase New Carpet

Purchase new carpet every once in a while

Old carpets are usually wrinkled and creased. This is because they do not have the same pile size, causing them to be uneven on top. Suppose you’re considering getting a new carpet. 

In that case, it may help alleviate these problems with an old one if you also get a rug pad or underlayment for your floor. So that when walked over by heavy furniture items such as chairs and couches, the rug won’t cause any damage to the floors underneath!


That’s it! You just saved yourself a ton of money and got wrinkles out of the carpet without the need for an expensive stretcher. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. I am happy to answer them all in this post. 

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