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Journal

May 20th

Carpet

Shedding — Most carpets retain some loose fibers after they are installed. These fibers often appear as balls of fluff on the surface of your carpet or in your vacuum cleaner. With time, they will work their way out of the carpet and no longer be a nuisance.

Sprouting — Occasionally, loose tufts will appear above the carpet surface. To remove the loose tufts, just clip them even with the carpet’s surface. Do not pull out loose ends. If you do, you will permanently damage the carpet.

Shading — You may notice some variations in the color of your carpet; one area may seem to change color when you look at it from different directions. This is because light reflects differently as the pile is pushed in a variety of directions. Foot traffic generally causes this to happen and the best solution is to sweep or vacuum the pile in a uniform direction.

Rippling — If your carpet is rippling up off the floor, it is probably due to the relatively high humidity. This situation usually resolves itself as the carpet settles.

New Carpet Smell — There are some things that you can do to minimize the smell. Most importantly, be sure to ventilate the area as much as possible. You should open the doors and windows, and use fans to keep the air circulating during installation and for up to 72 hours afterward. The odor usually goes away within a week; sometimes within days.

Crushing — Your carpet will display crushing in spots where heavy objects have been placed. To raise the pile back to it former height, try passing a hot steam iron over the indentations — but bring the iron no closer than six inches above the carpet.

Missing Tufts — If  a tuft becomes snagged or works loose, just cut it off and let the surrounding yarn fill in the space.