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A Guide to Common Carpet Issues and Their Causes

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When you are choosing a flooring material for your home or business, carpet can be an excellent choice. Carpet is stylish and quiet, and can add warmth and comfort to any room. After your professional carpet installation, you should vacuum your carpet regularly to keep it looking great. There are a few issues that can arise with carpet, though most can be fixed easily. Read on to learn more about common carpet issues and what causes them.

Crushing
The term “crushing” refers to the loss of pile thickness due to heavy foot traffic. Under most circumstances, some amount of crushing is to be expected. After all, floors are made to be walked on! You can reduce crushing by vacuuming your carpet regularly, which will help to lift up the carpet fibers.

Depressions
If you’ve ever moved a heavy piece of furniture like a couch or recliner from its usual spot, you have probably noticed that the weight of the object left indentations in the carpet itself. You can help minimize these marks by putting cups under heavy furniture and by moving the furniture slightly every so often. You may be able to fix depressions yourself by working the carpet fibers with your fingers or the edge of a spoon.

Fading
Carpet can add a jolt of color to your home or business, but it can fade over time. Direct sunlight can have an adverse effect on the vibrancy of your carpet, so window coverings can help prevent fading. Some cleaning products can also cause fading, so be sure to read the directions thoroughly and test any product in an inconspicuous area if you are unsure.

Soiling
A dirty carpet can look dull and lifeless, and may even contribute to allergies and asthma. In addition to regular vacuuming, have your carpets professionally cleaned on a routine basis to keep them looking new and bright.

You’ll find the best selection of affordable carpets in the NYC area at Bay Carpet. Call us at (718) 366-5001 to learn more about our flooring options. Our sales consultants can even bring samples right to your home.