When it comes to the cons of installing carpet in your home, the inevitable stains, spills, rips, and shedding are just the tip of the iceberg. What’s worse, you ask? A carpet’s shrinkage.
We know- before you read this blog, you had no idea that carpet could shrink, and you’re immediately frustrated that your once perfect living room floor could someday be very much so imperfect. Fortunately, we’re here to take the edge off. We’ll explain why carpet shrinkage occurs, and how you can avoid this potential-problem altogether!
Causes of Carpet Shrinkage
Carpet shrinkage has everything to do with the carpet’s moisture content. For instance, a change in ambient humidity levels, or the carpet being overly-wet during a cleaning could cause shrinkage or expansion. Naturally, outdoor carpet is even more prone to shrinking if not installed correctly.
Don’t worry- if your carpet was properly installed, it shouldn’t shrink or expand, but it’s still wise to know the signs. Are the seams in your carpet splitting? Is your carpet pulling itself away from the room’s perimeter?
Professional Care vs DIY
The DIY debate will always be around. It’s easy to consider cleaning your carpets yourself, with a multitude of online resources at your fingertips. But as a leading professional steam cleaning company in Austin, TX- we always encourage our customers to have their carpets professionally treated at least once a year (depending on the amount of traffic your flooring endures).
And of course, if you suspect your carpet is shrinking or you’d like to ensure your new carpet is installed properly, don’t hesitate to contact the pro’s. The Steam Team has the knowledge, experience, and equipment to make sure your project begins and ends smoothly. Give us a call today!