Discovering that your expensive carpet has shrunk after a professional cleaning can be incredibly frustrating and stressful. Not only does it ruin the appearance of your carpet, but it also means you might have to replace it entirely. To avoid this nightmare scenario, it’s important to understand the causes of carpet shrinkage.

Firstly, it’s essential to know that not all carpet types are prone to shrinking.

In fact, there are primarily two types that are more susceptible:

These carpets consist of a wool-faced fiber that we love to walk on, along with a jute backing. While it is relatively difficult to shrink an Axminister carpet, the jute backing can shrink when it becomes wet.

There are different types of Wilton carpets, but the high-quality ones typically have a wool fiber and a jute backing, making them resistant to shrinking. However, cheaper varieties known as Belgian Wiltons are made with a polypropylene fiber. The issue with polypropylene is that it does not retain as much water as wool. As a result, any excess water quickly penetrates through to the backing, causing it to shrink.

To determine if you have a Belgian Wilton carpet, examine the underside of your carpet for a visible pattern that is duplicated on the backing. While this method is not foolproof, it can provide an indication. It’s always advisable to have the carpet cleaning company verify the type of carpet you own.

So, why do carpets shrink? In essence, poor cleaning practices are the primary cause. This can include using underpowered tools that fail to extract sufficient water or applying excessive pre-spray or water during the cleaning process. The jute backing becomes wet, swells up, and expands, putting stress on the carpet structure and resulting in shrinkage.

Fortunately, owning a Belgian Wilton or an Axminister carpet doesn’t mean it should never be cleaned. It simply requires careful handling by a knowledgeable and experienced company. This is where our expertise comes into play. By choosing a reputable and skilled carpet cleaning company, you can ensure that the cleaning process is carried out correctly, minimizing the risk of shrinkage and preserving the integrity of your carpet.

Don’t let the fear of carpet shrinkage prevent you from maintaining the cleanliness and beauty of your carpets. With the right professionals and proper cleaning techniques, you can enjoy a fresh and clean carpet without any unwanted surprises.

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