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Should You Worry About Your Carpet Shrinking?

When homeowners schedule an appointment with a carpet cleaning service, there are a few steps that should be taken beforehand, but other than that, there’s nothing to it! The technician comes in, lets you know what the process is, and gets to work giving your carpet a like new appearance. There aren’t often any significant issues that occur during the cleaning. But have you heard of carpet shrinkage? It sounds like it may have come from a sci-fi movie, but it could happen to you when the wrong carpet cleaning service comes in to do the job.

Can you imagine coming home after a cleaning, expecting to see carpet that looks fresh, and most importantly, stain free? The carpet itself may look great, but upon closer inspection, you see that it’s pulled away from the baseboards. This typically happens when the technician or carpet cleaning service is inexperienced and lacks proper knowledge about carpet cleaning.

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What Causes Carpet to Shrink?

As we discussed in a prior blog, there are several different types of carpet, including saxony, frieze, and berber. Different types of carpets require different methods of cleaning, so when the incorrect method is used for your carpet, it could result in shrinkage. Why does this happen?

  • The water was too hot: Many carpet cleaning services use a combination of hot water and a shampoo to clean your carpet. This may sound great, but when the water is too hot, it could cause some serious damage to your carpet.
  • Carpet is made with natural fibers: There’s a good chance your carpet is made of a synthetic material if you had it installed recently. However, if you have a wool carpet that isn’t cleaned correctly, you could be struggling with a smaller than desired carpet.
  • Excessive soaking: One of the more common causes for carpet shrinking is that the service tries to remove serious stains by using more water and soap than is necessary. When this happens, even with synthetic fibers like nylon, the carpet could shrink.

What Should You Do?

Unfortunately, there may not be anything homeowners can do to reverse a carpet that has already shrunk. There are some cosmetic fixes that can be done, such as using fabric, thread, adhesives, or stitching where the carpet has shrunk. For minor cases, this may be enough to make the problem unnoticeable, but that doesn’t really make up for the problem occurring in the first place.

Hire an Experienced Carpet Cleaning Service

At Steam Master Cleaning, we know carpets, the best methods of cleaning them, and we have the equipment that will ensure it is does properly and thoroughly. When you hire us to clean your carpet, you can expect to receive service that goes above and beyond a typical cleaning. Our technicians are friendly, reliable, and professional so you won’t have any worries about coming home to a carpet that doesn’t meet your expectations. Read a few of our reviews to see what your San Antonio neighbors have said about our service and technicians.

If you need a professional carpet cleaning, contact us to schedule an appointment. And if you have any concerns about your carpet shrinking, we can assure you that we will take care of your home’s carpet as if it were our own.


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This was the first time I’ve had my carpets professionally cleaned. Fred Martinez did an excellent job. He was very professional, courteous and efficient. I would recommend this company and Fred Martinez to everyone.
Fast and friendly customer service! I’ve used this company many times over the years (we have pets) and they do such an excellent job cleaning the carpet. They are very reliable and were able to accomadate our tight schedule!
Athena H.
Fred was super pleasant and professional. He thoroughly explained the cleaning process and answered all questions. I’m very happy with the finished product and will definitely be a return customer. Thanks Fred-my carpet looks brand new again..
Renee C.