Wrinkles in the Carpet

Wrinkles happen in your carpet too, not just your face.

So, Anderson Carpet Cleaning just left, your carpets look and smell great!  You are so excited.  You wake up the next morning and the panic sets in….There is a wrinkle in your carpet that wasn’t there before!  The hair on the back of your neck stand up and you are furious…Thinking MY CARPETS ARE RUINED.

Guess what, not true!!!  It’s important to understand that moisture absorption is the catalyst for wrinkles appearing but it’s not the cause of the problem. The problem already existed. Carpet cleaners get blamed for wrinkles all the time but they are rarely the actual cause. The good news is that once the latex backing completely dries it will usually go back to its original wrinkle free state.

This is what actually causes the wrinkle problem:
1. Latex degradation
2. Low quality latex (high filler load)

Latex used in carpet manufacturing is notorious for have a high filler load of calcium carbonate. This causes the latex to go further in the manufacturing process but will shorten the usable life of the carpet. If you pull the carpet back and notice if there are lots of little white crumbs on the cushion.

1. Improper stretch
2. Incorrect cushion (too high)
3. Incorrect or damaged tackstrip
4. No acclimation of product or installed too cold
5. Seams and transitions not properly sealed
Improper installation is the most common reason for wrinkles; and not by a little bit.

Environmental & Use Conditions:
1. High humidity (only when combined with another factor)
2. Flooding
3. Improper maintenance
4. Age of the carpet (it doesn’t last forever folks)
5. Wrong carpet for the traffic load (unrealistic expectations)

Carpets have a usable life cycle. It’s the homeowner’s job to maintain carpet the right way so that it lasts as long as it can. That includes proper vacuuming, spot cleaning, and hiring the right cleaner to meet manufacturer’s warranties. Not all carpet is made to the same quality level and carpet designed to last 5 years is not going to hold up for 10 years in an active home.