Common Carpet Defects
To help you identify what problem you’re facing, we’ve made a list of every issue we can think of and provided solutions if any are possible. Keep in mind that these are non-manufacturer defects. This means that these problems are natural things carpet goes through, and the manufacturer or carpet installers are not held responsible for them.
Carpet Matting and Crushing
This refers to the loss of pile thickness and the untwisting of the carpet fibers. These carpet problems are both due to heavy amounts of foot traffic, improper vacuuming, or improper cleaning. Getting the best carpet for not showing footprints (Frieze) can help aid in this issue. A professional carpet cleaning can also improve any matting or crushing.
According to carpet manufacturers, wear is described as a loss of pile fiber and weight. Many manufacturers offer warranties a five to ten-year warranty for wear, so ask your carpet dealer about that. The appearance of wear can change depending on what carpeting you chose to install. The best way to avoid wear is proper carpet care and maintenance.
Depressions and Indentations
These are deep and sometimes permanent marks left by heavy furniture. A great way to avoid these is to use glides under the legs of your furniture or move the pieces around once in a while. If you aren’t favoring that method, this video might help you out:
Fading and Color Loss
Some carpet color can begin to fade under direct sunlight. Certain cleaning agents can also cause colors to fade out. Ask your local carpet installers about carpeting that has fade resistance.
A poor ventilation system can cause dark or gray lines to from on the carpet surface. If you have deep marks, you’ll need a professional carpet cleaning to help remove them.
Some types of carpet have loose fibers that you may find sucked up into your vacuum. This doesn’t affect the quality of your carpet as you are only picking up the loose tufts. Shedding will stop after a little while.
New Carpet Odor
After you have new carpet installed, there may be an odor wafting through your home. This will go after a while, but we recommend leaving your doors and windows open to air the room out.
Once in a while, a tuft of yarn may rise up above the carpet surface. Use a pair of scissors to snip these off. Do not pull them out.
Carpet Ripples and Buckling
If you live in a damp or humid environment, carpets may begin to buckle or ripple. You can have a carpet installer re-stretch the carpeting to get rid of these if they persist.
At the end of the day, properly maintaining your carpet will be the best way to fight off these issues. These aren’t surefire solutions, and we do recommend you ask your installers before you try to do any repair on your own. The manufacturers and carpet dealers can’t be held responsible for any damage you cause to your flooring.
If you can’t seem to get rid of the carpet problems, you may need a new installation. Thankfully, The Carpet Guys are here to help.