How to Remove Roll Crush From Carpeting

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Roll crush occurs when sections of carpet fibers are compressed by the weight of other carpet rolls during storage or transport. Roll crush marks do not indicate a flaw in the carpet. These marks usually disappear once the carpet has fully acclimated to the humidity of its new environment, typically within six months of installation. While the passage of time resolves most roll crush marks, a few techniques may facilitate their removal.

Things You'll Need

  • Vacuum
  • Hot water extraction or steam cleaning machine
  • Motorized pile-lifting brush or carpet grooming rake
  • Vacuum often, and vary the direction in which you vacuum. Alternate cleaning from the north, east, south and west points of the room to help the carpet pile relax as quickly as possible.

  • Clean the carpet using hot water extraction or a steam cleaner to encourage the yarn to lift sooner.

  • Use a motorized pile-lifting brush or a carpet grooming rake to sweep the carpet, allowing the nap to rise.

Tips & Warnings

  • Roll crush marks may be particularly difficult to remove from carpeting made from nylon yarn and may require professional servicing.

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