How to Care for Your Carpet

How often you need to repair or replace your carpet depends on many factors. There are burns, crushing, fading, furniture, bleeding, sprouting, and insects where you’ll want to pay attention. Most of the time, you can finish a repair job without needing a professional, although there will be times when you will need professional assistance. Here are some typical rug and carpet problems:

Burns – Burns occur when a cigarette butt or flame comes in contact with the carpet. If the burn is small, the burnt fibers of the carpet can be cut out with scissors. If the burn is large, you’ll need to
replace the area with a new piece of carpet. You can do this yourself if you know how.

Fuzzing – This occurs when loose fibers come out on the edges of the carpet. To fix this, simply cut the fibers that are sticking out or, if the carpet is synthetic, like nylon or polyester, use a hot iron or flame.

Furniture marks – Heavy furniture can result in indentations being left on the carpet. To get rid of these nasty marks, you should sprinkle your carpet with some club soda, place a towel over the area, then iron it. Do this a couple of times and you will see your carpet begin to re-fluff.The best remedy is prevention. Place Tech Team’s #725 carpet backed steel caster cups between the feet of your furniture and the carpet spread out the stress and prevent carpet damage.

Shading, crushing, and matting – A lot of traffic on the surface of the carpet will cause it to flatten, which may give some types of carpet a shaded appearance. If this happens, you should brush and vacuum the area. If you can’t fix the problem, you may need to hire a professional, as this can sometimes be very tricky.

Shedding and snagging – Shedding is a problem of usage, as the fibers will surface on the carpet. This isn’t a defect in manufacturing, but a normal problem. To fix it, you’ll need to vacuum the area. The snags on the other hand are tufts that have pulled out of the surface of the carpet. They will occur more often with loop pile than cut pile carpets. You should never pull them off, but instead cut them off neatly flush with the top of the pile with a pair of scissors.

Sprouting – A carpet is known to have sprouts only when there are tufts on it, which are longer than the rest. As pulling on them will only damage the carpet more, you should trim them off with scissors and level them down to the rest of the pile.

Static electricity – This depends on the carpet material, construction, and padding. Humidity will play an important role as the moisture in the air is absorbed by the carpet fibers. A humidifier will help to retain moisture, and you can also spray the surface of the carpet with an anti static agent.

Insects – The best way to deal with insects is with a strong vacuum suction. You should always avoid spillage and keep the surface of the carpet clean of food. Carpet beetles are quite annoying, as they feed on wool, hair, hides, fur, grain, seeds, and flour. If the carpet is infestedĀ  you may need to replace it.

Bleeding or crocking – Bleeding is the loss or transfer of color from one section to another. Good underlayments can help to prevent bleeding to a certain degree. Crocking on the other hand is the loss of the carpets color when it is rubbed. The best way to prevent this is to avoid getting your carpet wet.

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