Residential and commercial carpeting is one, if not the most popular forms of flooring available on the market these days. Thanks in part to the ease with which it is installed and the sheer number of design options available, this makes sense. Unfortunately, carpeting comes with a whole host of problems that other flooring materials like traditional hardwood flooring or laminate and vinyl floors do not have.
Dirty Soil Crusted Surface
One of the most common problems with carpeting is the way that toxins and airborne pathogens get trapped in the fibers near the material’s surface. Since carpeting is a much more complex material than other flooring options, there is little that can be done to prevent this from becoming a problem ahead of time, apart from buying an air filtration system.
But what if the problem already exists? The best way to deal with the problem is through liberal application of specially designed gel, which works its way through the carpet’s surface and down to the material. After the appropriate amount of time has passed, you’ll need to use some hydrogen peroxide on the surface, rinse, and the problem should be no more
Snags, Snarls and Loose Fibers
This is definitely a problem in homes with cats or dogs, anywhere that receives a lot of foot traffic, or places where heavy furniture and equipment regularly move across the surface. No one wants to see the carpet all snaggled and looking rough, but this is one of the most difficult carpeting issues to take care of. Not much can be done to fix the problem, but if you have some of the original material left over, you can cut small sections of the offending carpet out of the floor and use a little carpet glue to put a new piece in its place. It might not look the best, but it will look a lot better than having stray fibers stretched out all over the carpet.
Carpet Wrinkling and Buckling
Carpet wrinkling is another visual problem that can come from a variety of causes, including improper installation, moisture, or subfloor movement. It can be dangerous if left unchecked since the wrinkles change the landscape’s surface from something smooth and easy to walk across to something that could trip you up if you aren’t careful. The problem can be fixed, but it does require special tools such as a carpet stretcher and will take a couple of hours. You’ll need to pry up the carpet near the offending area and stretch the carpet back out until everything is flat again. Then you’ll need to tack everything back down into place.
Despite all of the problems that are unique to carpeting, it can be a wonderful material to use in your home if it is taken care of. If you live in the Nashville and Greater Middle Tennessee area and you think you would like carpeting in your home or office, but are not sure about it, talk to the professionals at Ozburn-Hessey to get started.