Commonly Asked Questions about Carpet

Why is my new carpet shedding?

Loose fibers or balls of fluff found on carpet or in your vacuum cleaner bag is normal with a new carpet. Removing these loose fibers does not affect carpet life or appearance. Most shedding gradually disappears within the first year after installation.

What can I do about static?

When a room has low relative humidity, a static charge can build up in your carpet as you walk across it. Try to not scuff your feet and a humidifier or other commercially available products can help.

If I bend the carpet and see the backing does this mean the carpet is low quality?

Not necessarily. All carpets, except woven carpets, are made with spaces between the tufts. You can feel the thickness or density of different carpets by sticking your fingers in the pile.

Can I save money by buying a less expensive carpet and putting the best under pad under it?

It is true that a good under pad is critical to carpet performance, but the carpet takes the direct wear and tear so you want carpet constructed to meet your needs and lifestyle.

If I know the weight or other technical specifications, can I compare products?

Using technical specifications of a product can give you a guide, but there are many other factors that can alter the comparison. For example, two carpets with the same specifications but made with different fibers will perform, look, and feel differently in the same environment.

Why do some carpet cleaners charge by the room and others by the square foot?

Short Answer:   Charging by the room (or area as it is now referred to) makes it simple to quote prices over the phone.  This method is often used when a company has a base cleaning price and lots of Up-Sell options for the customer. 

Long Answer:   Charging by the Square Foot requires the technician to measure the carpet to be cleaned. This is necessary to determine the exact price but it also allows the consumer to only pay for the areas needing to be cleaned. So, if for instance the consumer only wants the high traffic areas cleaned, they won’t have to pay for the whole room.

Is there any difference between natural and synthetic fibers in regard to indoor air quality?

According to the Carpet and Rug Institute, no. All types of carpet have incredibly low emission levels, regardless of whether they are natural or synthetic fibers.

Will removing my carpet reduce my allergic symptoms?

No. Removing carpet will not reduce the number of airborne allergens that produce allergic reactions; in fact, removal of carpet may actually increase the amount of airborne allergen, because other surfaces do not offer the capability of holding allergen. Removing allergen materials from a carpet is as easy as regular vacuuming and routine cleaning.

Keep your carpets feeling soft, smelling fresh and looking brand new by calling Lakeshore Cleaning & Restoration today at (905) 465-2337

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