Do Carpets Really Shrink?
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Carpet cleaning is something that most people dread. Not only because it is tiring and time consuming, but also because most people are under the impression that after the cleaning is done, the carpet will shrink. This could prove to be especially bothersome if the carpet is really expensive.

Let us further explore this phenomenon and see if carpet shrinking is actually possible; and if it is, then what can you do to avoid it.

Shrinking Carpets

Let’s clear up the mystery. Carpets can shrink. But ease your mind because there are very few varieties of carpets that can do that.

Types of Carpets That Can Shrink

• Axminster

The axminster carpets have wool face fiber (on the surface area) and jute backing yarn (the woven bottom area) which is usually interwoven with the wool fiber. The genuine quality axminster carpets are actually pretty hard to shrink. But there are exceptions to it like, for example, when the jute becomes wet and the carpet is not properly cleaned then there is a chance that the back of the carpet will shrink significantly.

• Wilton

Wilton carpets that shrink are made up of polypropylene face fiber and jute backing, very much like the axminster carpets. The thing about polypropylene is that it can hold next to no moisture, meaning that any liquid spilled on the surface will go straight to the jute backing and as mentioned above, it will start to shrink almost immediately.

What Factors Make the Carpets Shrink?

The biggest reason for carpets shrinking is bad cleaning. That includes using wrong equipment, wrong products and even wrong techniques. The amount of water used also plays a very vital role. If you drench it completely and leave it soaking in water for a very long time, that will prove to be very bad for the carpet. Bad techniques include using the wrong items incorrectly, meaning that by using the wrong products with the wrong equipment, you might compromise the integrity of the entire carpet.

How to Avoid It

The best option to stop your carpets from shrinking is to hire a professional carpet service for the job. The experienced technicians of the service would know exactly how your carpet is meant to be handled and what combination of equipment and products is to be used. ēkoserve is one such company. The company offers the best carpet cleaning in Euless TX (among other areas) and 100% natural cleaning products for effective house cleaning.


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