Putting carpet in your home is a big investment. The average homeowner pays between $7-$13 per square foot for carpet. Then there is the padding- which can range anywhere between 6 cents to one dollar per square foot. Finally, there is the actual installation cost. Some companies offer free installation, but that just means they are making up for the price of the installation somewhere else. The national average for 140 square feet of nylon carpet installation is between $980-$1680. It is no wonder then why many homeowners go to such great lengths to keep their carpet nice and clean so it can last as long as possible. That being said, carpet is very prone to damage and dirt in many different forms.
The most common ways carpets are damaged include; stains, burns, tufting, bulging, and rippling. Stains tend to be the most frequent type of carpet damage. Think of how many things your carpet is exposed to (shoes, drinks, pets, food), the sources of carpet stains are virtually limitless. Especially when you consider which rooms in your home have carpet! Burns can also happen for any number of reasons, such as an iron falling onto the floor. Bulging and rippling occur when carpets begin to slacken over time. When installed, the carpet is stretched tight. As time goes by, it begins to slacken and results in loosening. When carpets get really loose and pull off of the textile, it rises above the rest of the carpet and is called tufting. This is more common for older carpets and can cause carpet threads to unravel.
Carpet Cleaning Process
So how do you repair the damage done to the carpet? While some stains can be removed with cleaning solutions, there are some stains that are not going to come out of the carpet no matter what you use on them. Burns are also near impossible to remove while bulging, rippling, and tufting is best resolved by having an expert come into re-stretch and repair your carpet. In many cases with stains, burns, or any other carpet damage that is beyond repair, homeowners think the only solution is to replace their carpet. The thought of getting all new carpet is overwhelming, and sometimes just not within the budget, so many homeowners have to live with the eyesores and damaged carpet because they do not see another solution.
Unless the stain or damage encompasses the carpet in its entirety, there is another way to repair your carpet without costing you an arm and a leg. Don’t give up on your carpet just yet! You can have your carpets repaired or patched and professionally cleaned instead of replaced. If a section of your carpet has sustained a permanent stain, or is damaged by a burn, the damaged area can be cut out instead of replacing the entire carpet. Carpet patching is a much less expensive option, and by replacing the damaged piece of carpet with a section of carpet from an unseen area (like a closet) it can ensure that the patch matches the surrounding area and will not be noticeable. If your carpet has rippling, bulging, or tufting, it can be re-stretched with the right equipment to eliminate bumps and wrinkles and leave it looking as good as new. If your carpet is dirty, dingy, or stained, then have it professionally cleaned. In fact, the best way to keep your carpets healthy and increase longevity is to have regular cleaning by trained professionals. With these service options, there is no need to replace all of your carpets when damage occurs.
If you find that your carpet is no longer looking its best, or you are finally ready to get rid of that stain in the middle of the room but do not want to invest in all new carpet, we can help. The professional carpet technicians at Chet’s Cleaning can repair and/or clean your carpet and eliminate unsightly problems without the need to replace it. We can handle a variety of carpet repairs, from carpet stretching, repairing seams, and patching damaged areas, all while saving you money.
Our professional cleaning services not only prove effective, but are safe on your carpets and will help extend their life. So before you go and replace your carpets, and spend a small fortune, call Chet’s Cleaning to see if we can save your existing carpets and get them cleaned.