carpet break in period....?

Discussion in 'Carpet Q&A' started by sbooth21, Aug 26, 2017.

  1. sbooth21

    sbooth21 Active Member

    I just had shaw lifeguard carpet installed. Its a berber carpet.

    I had it installed with a 3/8 8# pad as recommended here. I picked this carpet specifically because I did not want foot prints or vacuum marks. However, it is two days after the install and the foot prints show and vaccum lines show pretty significantly. Im freaking out a little bit.

    The color I chose is sand (beige color). Im hoping and praying that the carpet will change after a few weeks. Am I being overly hopeful thinking this? I was going to have it steam cleaned this week to help along the process. Is there such thing as a break in period? If this doesnt work I may take advantage of shaw's 30 day warranty...

    • Have Fun is a residential berber carpet from Shaw Carpet. This carpet is made of Anso CrushResister Nylon and features a Lifetime Stain & Soil Resistance Warranty along with the other general Anso Warranties. This carpet also comes with LifeGuard. LifeGuard carpets feature patented, 100% thermoplastic commercial-grade backing that provides a moisture barrier that resists liquids from penetrating the backing.
    Style Name: Have Fun
    Style Number: E0772
    Product Type: CARPET
    Size: 12.00 X 125.00
    Fiber/Brand: 100% Anso CrushResister BCF Nylon / PHILADELPHIA
    Pattern Repeat: 5/8"W X 3/4"L SM
    Face Weight: 048.8
    Thickness: 0.340
    Total Weight: 000.0
    Weight Density: 252150
    Density: 0005167
    Ply Twist: A/E
    Durability Rating: 4.00
    Gauge: 5/32
    FHA/MEA: 52838
    Stiches (Contract Only): 08.00
    Primary Backing (Contract Only): POLYPROPYLENE
    Secondary Backing (Contract Only): LIFEGUARD
  2. sbooth21

    sbooth21 Active Member

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  3. Chris Mha

    Chris Mha Charter Member Senior Member

    Yes carpet yarn has to blossom. I doubt that it will make a difference as far as vacuum marks and foot prints.
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  4. sbooth21

    sbooth21 Active Member

    That's unfortunate.. :-/

    So why does my dense tight loop pile carpet show tons of track marks? All my research lead my to believe this would not occur.
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  5. kwfloors

    kwfloors Fuzz on the brain Charter Member I Support TFP Senior Member

    Just saying that the way I was taught was to run the nap into the traffic which in your case, towards your wood. If it was done that way, when you vacuum you would be pulling back down the nap thus the marks wouldn't show like they do now. Its not wrong the way it is now so you would need to tell the store you bought it and see what they can do. If they sold it to you as vacuum marks won't show they should work with you if so. Also I think that steaming could change the look of the nap to more even.
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  6. sbooth21

    sbooth21 Active Member

    Do you mind clarifying? And are you implying that steam cleaning will make it worse?
  7. Chris 45

    Chris 45 Director of P.R. on some deserted island. I Support TFP

    I was taught the same thing as a general rule. I've carpeted house cleaners houses and they always want each room laying towards the door so when they vacuum their way out of the room the carpet lays down.

    Having your carpet steamed simply speeds up the blossoming process. I would talk to the store and voice your concerns. Maybe they will offer to steam your carpet for you as part of keeping a customer happy but I don't think that steaming your carpet will resolve your issue.
  8. sbooth21

    sbooth21 Active Member

    I still don't understand what you mean, how can you tell which way the carpet is laying?

    I could vacuum a different direction, but the vacuum lines would just run length wise instead of width wise like in the picture I provided. Whats really bugging me is I ordered a large sample of the carpet and vacuumed over it, rubbed my finger across it and it didn't show anything. Now I have carpet that shows more tracks than my buddies cheap apartment carpet.

    I also have a second question. So I went with the 3/8 8# pound because of the loop style, if I decide to change out this carpet for a frieze style would the pad still be fine to use?
  9. Daris Mulkin

    Daris Mulkin The One and Only Charter Member I Support TFP Senior Member

    Excellent choice on the 3/8 for any carpet. There isn't a carpet made that will not show foot prints or vacuum marks to some extent. Try vacuuming with a shop type vac and pull it only one way, may solve some of the problem until you step on it of coarse.


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  10. sbooth21

    sbooth21 Active Member

    I totally agree, but mine is excessive, in my opinion. I had a less expensive tuftex loop style carpet prior to this and it hardly showed any foot traffic. Im at a loss for words at this point....I'm going back tomorrow to have it replaced under shaw's 30 day guarantee, but I'm worried im going to get railed on the labor charges. And at this point I have no clue what kind of carpet to get.
  11. kwfloors

    kwfloors Fuzz on the brain Charter Member I Support TFP Senior Member

    Shorter yarns and/or denser. This all depends on what your were told by your salesman on whether or not vacuum marks would show on it.
  12. sbooth21

    sbooth21 Active Member

    well her's better pictures of my alleged "Vacuum line-less carpet." top pic is with a dyson and second picture is with a hoover with an adjustable beater bar (like shaw recommended). Is it possible I got a bad batch?

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  13. kwfloors

    kwfloors Fuzz on the brain Charter Member I Support TFP Senior Member

    Sure doesn't look like a berber to me. I know dyson vacs are aggressive and most of the carpet, wool, that I deal with, dyson is banned from them. I would try the shop vac idea just to stand it up, might look better. Try vacuuming toward the couch instead of toward your tile.
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  14. Roland Thompson

    Roland Thompson Charter Member Senior Member

    You got a big soft loop berber, Yes it will show marks. If you want it not to show you need to go with a lower tighter pile or a tighter multi color one. Yes you will give up some softness.
  15. sbooth21

    sbooth21 Active Member

    I actually got a short dense low pile height berber. The shortest densest one they had.
  16. Hanover Fist

    Hanover Fist Pro Member

    Looks more like cut-pile Berber than a true loop, to me.
    If that's the case, that's your problem. Anything with a cut-pile or a plush top will show traffic and beater brush knapping.
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  17. sbooth21

    sbooth21 Active Member

    This carpet is also very rough not soft at all.

    It's all looped...
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  18. Roland Thompson

    Roland Thompson Charter Member Senior Member

    Photos this size are hard to tell. Normally short dense does not show it that bad.
  19. sbooth21

    sbooth21 Active Member

    I know I'm so bummed. That's what I was told also before I bought it.
  20. Elmer Fudd

    Elmer Fudd Administwative Asst. Charter Member I Support TFP Senior Member


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