September 28, 2023

The carpet’s beauty and longevity are affected from the moment it is installed. Carpeting is not able to be completely re-instated, unlike hard floors or resilient tiles. You can compare it to a new car, which has a limited life span. Proper carpet maintenance is key to extending the life of carpeted floors.

Professional carpet cleaners were the ones who cleaned wall-to-wall carpeting before it became fashionable. The carpet cleaner would take the carpet to the shop, carry it on a truck and pick it up. The cleaner would then measure the carpet and place it on a concrete surface to vacuum. The carpet would then need to be scrubbed using a rotary floor machine with a solution tank, and a shower brush. The carpet was then cleaned with a mixture of soap, detergent, and water. Once the carpet was clean and dry, it would be thoroughly rinsed with water. The carpet would then be dried on a rack in the air. To stretch the carpet back to its original dimensions, another weighted rail would be placed at the lower end. After the carpet had dried completely, the back was resized in order to compensate for the lost sizing from the scrubbing process. The carpet was then cleaned and restored to its original beauty. The carpet was still good for several more years. This method is still used today but it is likely to be less popular as wall-to-wall carpeting is now more popular.

It is impossible to remove wall-to-wall carpeting by simply scrubbing it. To achieve the same result, you will need to use a variety other methods. This consists of three steps: thorough vacuuming, spot cleaning the surface to be scrubbed, and finally the scrubbing-cleaning. There are two types of cleaning methods that can be used. They are surface cleaning and deep cleaning.

Surface Cleaning Systems

Surface cleaning systems include:

o A rotary flooring machine that scrubs the carpet surface.

o A rotary flooring machine with a yarn pad. It is similar to using a moist, soapy turkish cloth to rub the carpet surface.

o A dampened dust mop. This is similar to using a small soapy wet cloth over the surface.

o Foam-type carpet scrubbers. These machines spray foam onto the carpet and then use a rotating or revolving brush to scrub it. The foam is then vacuumed up immediately by the machine, or by another person using a vacuum pickup.

o Fine wood-flour or clay-type sawdust impregnated in solvents. These are spread on a floor and worked into the carpet using a brush action machine. This works well on oil-based soils. However, some of the dust particles could still be present in the carpet and come back to haunt you.

Installations with Glue-Down: Buckles or Wrinkles

There are many common reasons for buckles when carpeting is glued directly on the floor. The buckle could be caused by insufficient carpet adhesive or even none. Sometimes it is due to an initial failure of pressing the carpet into contact with the adhesive. Buckling can also be caused by moisture problems after installation.

The type of carpet you have may determine the method that is best to remove the buckles. Alternate solutions include using a hypodermic needle, which will remove the adhesive from the carpet but not slitting it. You can also steam and roll the buckle with a carpet rolling machine.

In Padded Installations, Small Damage Spots

Burling can repair small areas of damage in woven carpets that have been installed over padding. Tufting fabrics can also be used to fix these areas. It is best to find matching yarns from a piece of carpet that has been stored, or to pull out tufts at random intervals near the base of a wall to make the area invisible.

First, remove damaged pile yarns using tweezers to make a bare area. Next, thread the yarn through an eye of a curved knitting needle. Place the needle under the shots and then dew the yarn loops into the bare spot. The spacing and height of the surrounding loops should be matched by the space between the loops.

Make sure the seams are higher than the carpet’s surface if the carpet has a cut pile. Use duck bill napping scissors to trim the protruding loops so that they are at the same height as the pile tufts.

To tuft-set, the first steps are the same as burling: Secure the matching yarn and remove any damaged pile yarns to create an area. Apply a clear-drying latex-based seam cement to the bare area using a cotton swab. A tuft-setting tool is required. However, you can substitute a thin nail or thin cut nail with a thin nail punch. Place a loop of yarn at one end of your bare area. Then, insert your tool into the U-shaped portion of the loop. With a light tap against the top of your tool, drive the U-loop section into the carpet backing. Do not use a forceful blow as this could cause the pile tuft to break through the fabric. A strong blow can cause the backing to distort, creating an enlarged hole in the carpet that will prevent the replacement yarn from being held in place.


In glue-down installations, any size damage or permanent stains are repaired by removing the affected area and replacing it with a new one. A brand new piece of carpet will stand out from the rest if it has been subject to wear, light exposure and other pollutants. Although it may eventually look the same as the rest of your carpet, the patch will not have the same level of texture retention or intensity. It is better to take a carpet from an area that has had similar service and replace it with a new one. Then, you can use the carpet to create patches. It is a good idea to consider whether you will need patches when you purchase your carpet. You should mark a spot in your carpet where you can make patches. Additionally, you should purchase and store additional carpeting to be used in that area.

There are many methods of patching depending on the type of carpet and its construction.


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