What’s Normal for New Carpet

It’s hard to take your eyes off a beautiful new carpet! So you may notice a few changes in the weeks after installation. Here’s how to know if what you’re seeing is normal or if you should call your flooring professional.

  • Shedding

    Balls of fluff or loose fibers? Normal. Your new carpet isn’t unraveling. It just contains some fiber tips sheared in the manufacturing process to achieve uniform pile height. This “shedding” will minimize over time with regular vacuuming.

  • Sprouting

    On close inspection, you might see an occasional “sprout” or snag lifting above the carpet surface. This can be caused by pet nails, high heels, or even vacuuming. Don’t pull on it — that could damage your carpet. Instead, just snip the tuft with scissors to match the existing pile height.

  • Seams

    Carpet rolls come in widths of 12 or 15 feet, so seams are expected in most rooms. However, the visibility of the seams depends on the texture and color of your carpeting as well as the lighting and furniture placements.

Filtration Soiling

As your carpet begins to age, you may notice grayish lines around baseboards, under doors, and along the edges of stairs. This soiling is caused by dust and other airborne pollutants that can accumulate where concentrated airflow is directed over the carpet’s pile. This is a result of the environment and not a carpet defect. Changing air filters regularly and vacuuming consistently may help minimize it.

Buckling & Wrinkling

Carpet buckling occurs when the underside of carpet becomes detached from the adhesive. Common reasons include:

  • Pulling up carpeting for wiring or to repair squeaky floors
  • Sliding or dragging heavy objects across the carpet
  • An increase in temperature or humidity
  • Improper wetting during cleaning

If you notice buckling or wrinkling, contact a professional.

Caring for Your Carpet

In addition to regular vacuuming, we recommend a professional carpet cleaning every 12 to 15 months. This not only helps extend the life of your carpet, but it’s required by most manufacturer warranties.

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