There are a lot of things that can happen to a carpet. Spills came right to mind, didn’t they? But how about carpet yellowing? Bulging? Matting and crushing?

Matting and crushing are one of the most common carpet-related issues clients call me to ask about. At first, it might seem like crushing or matting is the result of heavy wear and tear (especially in high-traffic areas). That can be the case, but it isn’t always.

When neighbors around Belleville, Shiloh, O’Fallon and the rest of the area call me about carpet matting or crushing, I always have good news off the bat: with the right care and maintenance, even perpetual crushing can be minimized, and the life of the carpet can be measurably extended.

What really happens when carpets crush or mat?

When carpet fibers have high pressure set on them, the fibers flatten. This is what you see when you lift a piece of furniture and see the “imprint” from the leg. This can also happen when the incorrect thickness of padding was used at installation, or when the carpet is especially dirty.

If your carpet doesn’t have any of these problems but continues to be strangely prone to crushing and matting, give me a call. I’ll get to the bottom of the problem for you.

First, I take a look at the crushing. I get down to look at the pile height to get more information—the mystery can be solved if you have a professional look at the problem area.

For quick results…

If you’re just looking to minimize matting or crushing on your carpet, you can wet the problematic area with an ice cube (yes, an ice cube) and then pick the fibers with the edge of a coin to “fluff” them back. If you vacuum over the area in 3 or 4 different directions after that, the carpet will quickly dry and should straighten up—at least temporarily.

Questions? Give me a call, or schedule a consultation here on the website so I can come out and take a look at any problem carpet areas you have in your home.