You might have gone blank when you see those bald patches here and there on your carpet. These bald patches are actually the places where fibres are missing. Fibres in the areas of these bald patches look like paper shreds or wood cuttings. There is nothing to worry about. It is not the case of disintegration of carpet. It might be attack of carpet moths or beetles. This can happen to anyone and it does not mean you are not a clean person.
Some insects like carpets
Moths, beetles etc get attracted to curtains and fabrics also. They tend more to natural fibres. They get attracted to wool and silk. These insects can digest keratin present in natural fibres. They attack pure silk and woollen carpets. They also settle in areas that contain moisture content inside the natural fibre like dust particles and sweat. They feed from these regions. Beetles, bugs and moths prefer corners which are dark and the spaces under fibre units of the carpets. Eggs are laid by adult insects in moist areas and when eggs get hatched, larvae from these eggs will be left at that area.
How to eradicate infestations
Professional companies that clean carpets effectively deal with moth/ beetle infestations very effectively. Vacuum cleaning will certainly help and a good dosage of natural agent helps in eradicating these pests. If you want to eliminate them all together, insecticide can be used. But if you want to repair those bald areas, it is possible if you have an exact replica of the same carpet. It should be perfectly matching the present one and it should be of the same colour, texture and wear.
Preventing balding of carpets
In case you want to prevent attacks of pests, use a large spider! Just joking…Don’t worry. Regular vacuum cleaning especially near the corners and under the legs of sofas and chairs is to be done. Crevice tool on the vacuum cleaner must be used around the edges to keep insects away. Prevention is always better than cure!
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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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