It can happen to the best of us. You get some beautiful carpet put in, and for years it serves you well. Then one day you notice something is amiss: Where once there was a full carpet there are now bald patches of missing fibers! What could have caused this? And how could it have been prevented?
At Dr. Chem-Dry Carpet & Tile Cleaning we know how unwelcome a development this can be. Are you wondering how you can tell if your carpet is balding? And what you can do about it? Read on as we address these pressing questions.
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Signs That Your Carpet Is Balding
Check to see if your carpet is uneven. If you see patches of carpet that is matted down or bald, your carpet is balding. Missing fibers are a key indicator, so if your carpet is outright missing patches of fiber you’ve got reason to be worried. Check for softness as well: Carpets that are worn down tend to be less soft. So if you’re walking on your carpet and notice that it’s stiffer and rougher than it should feel, there’s a very good chance it’s balding.
What Causes Balding?
High foot traffic can wear your carpets down. Pay attention to which areas on your carpet that has the most traffic passing through it: Those areas will be prime candidates for balding. Dirty carpets are also quite likely to bald: Dirt and debris from your shoes can tear into the carpet fibers and deteriorate them. And dirt embedded in your fibers can do even more damage when they get stepped on- Every time shoes step on those particles it will wedge them deeper into the fibers, causing more friction and grinding away of the carpet fabric.
A more uncommon cause of balding is a pest infestation. Carpet moths & beetles can get into your carpets and eat away at the carpet fibers. They feed off of the keratin protein contained in the carpet fibers. They’re attracted to dark spaces and moisture, so a carpet with spills and stains on them are more likely to attract these hungry little irritants.
What To Do If Your Carpet Is Balding?
One way to fight carpet balding is to reduce the amount of carpet wear and tear. Put in extra mats by your doors so your guests can wipe their feet. Vacuum more regularly, esp. in high traffic areas. Keeping your carpets cleaned and well maintained goes long way towards fighting baldness. If your carpet does get bald, though, you should give Dr. Chem-Dry a call. A deep carpet cleaning can restore a carpet back to it’s original state.
To find out more about our many floor cleaning services, give Dr. Chem-Dry Carpet & Tile Cleaning a call at 602-243-6379.