9 Common Carpet Problems And How To Solve Them

Sep 7, 2021 | Carpet | 0 comments

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9 Common Carpet Problems And How To Solve Them

With wear and tear, your carpet will become ragged and worn, but you can reduce those effects with careful maintenance.

There are many carpet problems that can bubble up over time.

We’ve all experienced carpet problems at some point in our lives but there is a solution to the most common problems like those below:

1. Carpet Buckling

Carpet buckling is when you notice a ridge, like a long mountain top range, along all or part of your carpet.

Usually, it’s the fault of moisture that we see this problem — and yes, it can even be caused by professional cleaners!

The good news is that the ridge will fade once the carpet becomes dry.

However, sometimes there are other causes such as those listed below:

1. Wrong installation
2. Incorrect steam cleaning
3. Heavy traffic
4. High humidity
5. Incorrect carpet padding
6. Dragging heavy items of furniture across the room

If you can’t reduce your room’s humidity due to environmental factors, consider employing a professional who can stretch your carpet out for you.

In the worst cases, you may have to purchase an entirely new carpet.

Make sure to discuss the issue with an expert before taking action.

2. Carpet Fading

Carpet fading happens in two distinctive ways:

1. Unexplained Stains On Carpet

The most common culprits for this issue are harsh cleaning chemicals or too much direct sunlight.

If you tend to clean your own carpet yourself, here’s a useful tip: when trying new cleaning products for your carpet, make sure to test it on a small section of carpet not easily visible first.

If you have poor DIY skills, it’s highly recommended you hire a professional.

If the problem already exists, then you have two options: either have the carpet dyed or purchase an entirely new one.

2. Carpet Shading

The carpet fibres will, after enough wear and tear, point in different directions, creating a shading effect.

The simple solution is to hoover the carpet so all of the fibres are pointing in the same direction.

If the problem persists, you may need to speak with a specialist.

3. Carpet Shedding

It’s entirely normal for newly-fitted carpet to shed a few fibres now and then.

It may even continue for a period of a few months before it settles down and stops.

This is nothing to worry about.

However, if your carpet is older, it could be due to the following issues:

1. Improper maintenance
2. The type of carpet fibres
3. Unknown carpet issues

Some carpet fibres require more maintenance than others.

Ensure you’re using the correct settings on your hoover and thoroughly clean your carpet when necessary.

4. Carpet Matting

During the course of its life, your carpet appearance may appear crushed or flat.
This occurs when carpet fibres lose their thickness.

Usually, this issue is due to:

1. Incorrect cleaning
2. Improper hoovering
3. Heavy traffic

When you clean your carpet yourself, ensure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions to the letter.

If your carpet sees a high amount of traffic, you may need to replace it with a different form of carpet.

If you think the problem is only minor, it may be worth investing in a good deep clean of the carpet.

5. Carpet Binding

Over time, a carpet’s fibres can come free and begin to unravel.

This can happen over a small part of the carpet or a larger section.

It happens when the carpet fibres loosen and become untangled.

This issue happens because of:

1. Incorrect installation
2. Dragging heavy furniture across it
3. Incorrect cleaning
4. Heavy traffic
5. Old carpet

If the problem is widespread, there may be no alternative but to buy a fresh carpet.

However, if your carpet is fairly new, you may want to reach out to a carpet expert.

6. Carpet Seams

When your carpet is fitted, it is done in sections and when they begin to come apart, they may form along the seams.

It may happen because of:

1. Low-quality carpet
2. Incorrect installation
3. Heavy foot traffic

A quick and simple fix can be to glue down the edges that have become frayed.

In future, it may be worth investing in better quality carpet to avoid it happening again.

7. Carpet Indentations

Heavy furniture will often form indentations in your carpet.

Permanent marks can be avoided by:

1. Hoovering the carpet regularly to improve the carpet appearance
2. Occasionally moving furniture around
3. Putting coasters under each of the furniture’s legs to distribute the weight

If your carpet is already suffering from this problem, it’s possible to iron out the indentations, making it look like new.

Professional steaming is also a valid option.

8. Carpet Stains

Every now and then, a stain is going to appear on your carpet.

If these stains keep recurring, it may be due to:

1. Incorrect cleaning
2. The carpet retaining moisture
3. Pet activity

In addition to your regular carpet cleaning system, you can also treat stains with warm water, detergent, white vinegar, and sometimes baking powder.

While cleaning, keep your cloth moving and rub continuously.

Once the clean is complete, ensure to rinse and dry.

Hoover up any castoffs after cleaning.

A good way to reduce the visible appearance of stains is to buy a carpet that doesn’t show stains!

You still need to clean your carpet regularly — after all, the stains are still there! — but it won’t be so embarrassing when guests come over.

9. Carpet Wear And Tear

During the course of its life, carpet will naturally suffer from normal wear and tear.

Still, you can prevent much of the problem by ensuring you clean and maintain the carpet frequently.

It may even be worth investing in a professional deep clean service once a year to keep your carpet in tiptop condition.

f there’s significant wear and tear, it may be time to replace the carpet.

To learn more and discuss your carpeting problems, call us for a free consultation or check out our carpet fitting services page for more information.

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