What Causes Shrinkage in Carpets?


If you are planning on having your carpets cleaned for the first time, you need to do your research before doing so, because it can shrink during this process. You might be wondering how you can avoid this issue, we'll talk about how you can do this in this article.

What Causes Shrinkage in Carpets?

Generally, the most common reason why carpets shrink when they are cleaned is that the person cleaning it has used too much water, the carpet then absorbs an excessive amount of water, and depending on the construction of the carpet it may shrink. Fortunately this shrinkage can often be fixed, but in some extreme cases you may have to replace your carpet.

Do All Carpets Shrink?

Different types of carpet materials will react differently to water, and some of them will be more likely to shrink than others. However, no material can be saved from a poor cleaning job.

Carpets made with Jute backing are most at risk of shrinking once they dry after being exposed to too much water, so you should be particularly careful if you have a carpet with these types of materials. Particularly carpets with a Polypropylene face fibre and a Jute backing. Polypropylene is water-resistant, so the vast majority of excess water will go straight into the backing.

How To Avoid Carpet Shrinkage?

If you are worried about what can happen to your carpet when you get it cleaned, there are some basic ideas that you can keep in mind.

Firstly, it is extremely important that you do a lot of research about any possible carpet cleaning company that is available in your area. Look at reviews or talk to any family member or friend who has worked with one of these companies before. This way, you will know if their experience was positive or if they had any problem.

Making sure that the company has the highest quality machinery is essential, as this will ensure that your carpet does not shrink. At Pro Carpet Cleaners Luton specialise in low moisture carpet cleaning. Whether you have tea, coke, ink, or oil stains, we can normally get rid of them, or at worst improve their appearance. We use minimal amounts of moisture to clean your carpets, so shrinkage is something you won’t experience when you use our services. We also start the speed up the drying process by using a heat blower to rapidly dry your carpets. Your carpets will be dry within 30 minutes of being cleaned.

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