Do Carpets Shrink For Real?


Just imagine your carpet which you had purchased lovingly shrank after you got it cleaned! It will be almost useless if this happens. You might get it cleaned for decorative or health purpose. It is a sensible thought to get carpets cleaned but sometimes it ends up in disasters. Professionally, we have seen carpets that got shrunk due to various reasons and many of the victims have called up to the companies to get it rectified but no response from their side. To get relieved from all the stress, worries, anger and tension of this phenomenon, you should know all about it at the first place.

Types of carpets that shrink
Generally, there are two kinds of carpets that shrink- Wiltons and Axminsters. Genuine Axminster carpets have wool face fabric (the front side) and yarn that has got jute as its backing (the woven one on the back of the carpet ) and it is interweaved with wool fibre. This carpet does not shrink generally but due to improper cleaning if the jute material becomes wet, then the back layer can shrink.

Belgian Wiltons are the type of Wiltons that generally shrink as these carpets contain fibre named polypropylene and has a backing of jute like Axminster. This fibre cannot hold any moisture content and the moisture gets accumulated at the bottom of the carpet pile and it wets the backing as well and because of this, carpet shrinks. To check whether the carpet is Belgian Wilton, turn over the carpet and see whether there is same pattern visible on the back. It will be the same as face pile. If it is Winston, then call up the company to check prior cleaning.

Reason for shrinking of carpets
Carpets shrink due to improper cleaning. If we use under powered equipment or bad techniques of cleaning then they may get spoiled further. If the machinery used to clean is small and cheap, water cannot be extracted properly from the carpet causing shrinking of carpets. Bad techniques include applying more of the pre spray agents and using large amounts of water for rinsing. Jute fibres get swelled and expanded when they are wet. It then occupies space than usual and causes stress on the frame of the structure. Due to this expansion, shrinking occurs.

Avoidance of carpets from shrinking
If it is the Belgian Wilton carpet that you have, then it can be cleaned to a extent but it should be done efficiently and with care. But the question is how can it be done without shrinking it? You will have to choose a good cleaning company that has very good experience on using these techniques and they must use powerful machinery also. Professionals from good company will check whether the carpet will shrink or not before starting the process of cleaning. It there is a possibility that cleaning can shrink the carpet, it is better to leave it or it is to be cleaned by using low moisture technique.

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Identifying Damages In Our Carpets

corpetCarpets bring royal look and richness to our homes, isn’t it? One day you might be sitting on your sofa and you just have a look at the carpet. It may be dull and patchy at some places. In front of the sofas and arm chairs, the carpet may seem grubby. You might feel how nice it would be if it is cleaned well. The carpet will be sparklingly clean after it is serviced.

Will proper cleaning return it to its original form?
Well…it’s a bit difficult but it is possible to a large extent. The shape of the carpet becomes quite bad if we tread on it wearing shoes or sandals that we use outdoors. You might think, “We all wipe our shoes on the door mat before entering. Even then why is our carpet getting spoiled?” That is a valid point. But let me just explain the proper reason. Wiping shoes and slippers on door mats will not wipe away all the mud and dust on it. Wiping on the door mats might remove bulk particles but small ones will still create havoc. When we sit on sofas or chairs, our shoes and sandals get rubbed against the carpet fibres wearing the fibres away. The tiny dust particles act like abrasives causing damage to the carpet fibres. They almost act like sand paper.

Dark patches on the carpet
After the carpets are manufactured, they are smooth, cylindrical or round. Due to extreme smoothness, they reflect lot of light bouncing from its soft surface. After extensive usage, the surface gets abraded and it reflects very little amount of light. So, subsequently it will look duller than before. When we have a look at new plastic PVC sheet, it is shiny, hard and smooth and reflects lot of light. If we rub a sand paper on the plastic sheet, it becomes dull and dark. The same applies to the carpet also. It gets spoiled and abraded with course of time.
It makes lot of sense, isn’t it?

If some soil from our shoes is mixed with fibres of carpet, it makes a quite bad sight. Cleaning will definitely improve the appearance of the carpet but some areas could be completely damaged. If our slippers have black soles, then it could also be on issue for our carpets. Constant rubbing with our slippers on the carpet will cause penetration of dust into the fibres and will leave dark marks. We keep wondering how the soles of our slippers wore out when we used them only indoors. Obviously it has gone all into the carpet. Voila!

One more reminder
There is a concept of in ground soil too. This phenomenon occurs due to constant bombardment of soil at one place. It happens not only due to foot ware but also due to using hands a lot, draught and venting marks and most used seats on sofas. It is mostly not possible to remove all these marks. If we take the example of a white shirt, the top of the collar edges and cuff edges show blackness and grubbiness. After a particular stage, even washing machine cannot remove it. The issue is not with the cleaning! It’s with the worn out carpet.

If we stop walking on carpets with outdoor foot ware and if we prefer light soled slippers indoors, carpets will last long and will look more attractive and cleaning them further will give fabulous results.