Common Types of Carpet Damage
Home carpeting is a big investment and it requires regular maintenance and care to keep it looking (and smelling) its best. Pets, kids and typical wear and tear can take its toll. It is important that you call an IICRC Certified Company like SERVPRO of Mobile County to come out and perform regular cleanings. Our Certified Carpet Cleaning Technicians have the knowledge and training to provide outstanding results. We recommend that you get your carpets cleaned at least once a year, or every 6 months for high-traffic, high-soil areas. When trying to keep your carpet in the best shape possible, it is also extremely important to understand the most common causes of carpet damage:
- Stains – From red wine and juice boxes to oil and ink, there are a million different ways your carpeting can get stained. It is important to address spotting as quickly as possible and use solutions for the specific type of stain.
- Burns – Although most carpet burns are the result of careless smokers, falling irons are also a common cause of damage. It is important to avoid ironing over carpet. Once carpeting is burned, the only solution is to cut out the affected area and replace it.
- Bulging and Rippling – This is a common issue for older carpeting and occurs when the carpeting is no longer pulled tight. You should call a qualified carpeting expert to come in and re-stretch your carpets.
- Tufting – This is when loose fibers are stretched out and may be longer than the rest of the carpet fibers. Resist the urge to pull on the fiber and simply clip with scissors.
The best way to protect your carpets is to prevent damage from occurring. Although all carpeting has a limited lifespan, following proper maintenance guidelines can help you significantly extend the life of your carpet.