If you've decided to give your home a whole new look by installing carpeting, it's important to care for it properly. Poorly maintained carpeting can end up looking dingy, worn and neglected. Before you make the investment, it's in your best interest to understand some of the most common causes of damage. Here are two carpeting problems you may encounter and some tips to avoid them.
Reversal Of Carpet Fibers
Most common after carpet cleaning, the reversal of carpet fibers often happens due to the pull of the extraction device on the carpet cleaner. As your new carpets start to age, carpet cleaners can actually start to pull the fibers in the wrong direction when extracting water during the cleaning process. This causes dark spaces on the carpet where the fibers have been reversed.
The good news is that carpet fiber reversal is pretty easy to fix. One solution is to take the carpet cleaner to it again and roll it over the fibers in the opposite direction. This may help to restore the position of the fibers. If not, invest in a carpet rake to help turn them back the way that they belong. In particularly older carpets, you might not be able to fix the problem. This often leads to needing carpet replacement.
Flattened, Dented Spaces On The Carpet
When you install carpeting in your house, one inevitability is the formation of imprints in the fibers. This happens anywhere you put furniture and can even happen in heavy traffic areas. If you invest in thick or plush carpet, you'll want to be particularly attentive to this. Move your furniture around a few times a year to reduce the strain on any single part of the carpet. This also changes the primary path that you'll walk through in the room, reducing the effects of foot traffic.
Every time you move the furniture, use a heavy vacuum to disturb the carpet fibers where the furnishings used to sit. Run over those spaces several times to help loosen the fibers and stand them up again. You can also use a carpet rake to deal with any residual stress on the carpeting.
These are two common problems for homes with carpeting on the floors. If you want to make sure that your carpeting looks great for years to come and gives you the best return on your investment, consider the points presented here to avoid these issues. Talk with your carpet installation contractor today for more advice about caring for your new carpet.