How to fix problems with your carpets

A new carpet is beautiful, lush and woolly, but after a length of time, with the wear and tear of normal foot traffic in a home, the carpet pile is crushed and matted. As well as foot traffic, the wear and tear on your carpet can be caused by incorrect vacuuming or cleaning.

Carpet crushing and matting

A reduction or loss in the thickness of the pile, due to day to day activities, is a normal occurrence. A way to circumvent this is to choose carpet that can tolerate the day to day foot traffic in the first place. Present this problem to your carpet retailer for advice on the best type of carpet for the different areas in your home. However if you have this problem in your existing carpet, the best people to contact would be those who clean and regenerate carpet professionally. They have the experience to achieve the best result possible.

Thinning

Over time, your carpet may show signs of thinning. In most cases, it would be the carpet underlay that is the problem. The underlay cushions the carpet, so that it feels soft and bouncy underfoot. If your carpet seems to be wearing out quickly, it’s probably because the wrong underlay was used. Regardless of the underlay, regular cleaning is essential to remove the dirt and grime which is harmful to carpets, as it is to everything else in our lives.

Shedding

Do you notice loose fibres, or carpet fluff on your floor, or when you vacuum? New carpets will shed,  but shedding should stop within 1 or 2 months.

Indentations

Furniture is always going to leave indentations, and sometimes they become permanent and unable to be rectified. One way to solve this problem would be to move the furniture often, or use protectors under the furniture which will help to minimise or reduce indentations. Once again, ask the retailer to help choose a carpet which will not be affected by furniture indentations.

Colour problems

First and foremost, check the instructions on the cleaning product you want to use to spot clean the carpet. Some may cause discolouration. Try it first on an obscure part of the carpet. Apart from this, direct sunlight may cause colour to fade. Regular cleaning by an expert can help with this problem, as they use the right products for the purpose, and can even advise about re-dying the carpet, if this is necessary.

Split seams

In large areas, seams are necessary. But in those areas of high foot traffic (or kiddy play areas) the sections can separate and start to fray. You could glue down the edges, but this is not the final solution for the problem. The seam is quite likely to open up again. You need a carpet repairman to limit the damage and prevent further tears.

Buckling

If the carpet is subject to moisture problems, buckling or rippling may occur. It may happen when the carpet is professionally cleaned, but when it is dry, the buckling or rippling should disappear. However if your environment is damp or humid, it may be necessary to re-stretch the carpet by the carpet repairer or installer.

As in all things, proper maintenance and care is important to keep your carpet beautiful, and a good professional carpet cleaning schedule helps do this.