Tuesday, August 21, 2018


What is Pooling and What Can I do About it?

Carpet cleaners see this problem often but it is not a cleaning issue.  Do you have strange looking lines in your carpet and you are wondering where they came from?  Pooling (refer to picture on the left) is a characteristic of many cut-pile carpets and rugs.  Pooling is a sharp change in pile direction creating serpentine like lines in the carpet. The pile of the carpet will lay in opposite directions on each side of this line. This condition can occur anywhere in the carpet and not just in the traffic lanes. 

In some cases, pooling will continue across seams and even onto different carpet, while in other cases it may stop at a seam.


While the carpet or rug pile on either side of the pooling line usually shows very little distortion, the pile within the line is usually severely crushed or distorted.  Pooling can occur in all types of carpet fibers, all types of carpet, and in all methods of installation.  Even replacing the carpet with new carpet will not always insure that pooling will not happen again.  So how do you prevent or correct pooling on your carpet?  

Unfortunately pooling is effectively permanent and not covered under most manufacturer's warranties.

While it is not correctable with cleaning or any other known method, the good news is that it will not lead to premature wear of the carpet and will have no effect on the durability of the carpet. The carpet mills have spent millions trying to figure out why this occurs and how it can be prevented and they still do not have definitive answers.  But be assured that it is not a problem that a carpet cleaner can fix.

So how can you prevent it or at least lessen the chances of it being noticeable. Since you can't get rid of it once it occurs then the only thing to do is to make a smarter choice when buying carpet. There are a few things to look for when buying carpet that will help minimize the chances that this occurs to your investment. 

Since pooling mostly occurs in cut-pile style carpet, choose a loop style carpet.  A loop-style carpet is the best choice when you are concerned about pooling. Also you could choose a bold and busy pattern that would help to disguise any pooling.  Lastly, the shade or color of the carpet you choose will help.  When concerned about pooling choose a lighter colored carpet.  Lighter colored carpets tend to show less contrast between darker and lighter shaded areas, where as darker colors will tend to exaggerate the differences.

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