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Carpet Roll Crush

By Michael Hilton

Roll Crush

Roll crush usually appears across the width of the carpet as areas of the pile yarn that have flattened due to the weight of the roll. Areas of crush may appear darker or lighter and are usually identified as widthwise bands. Roll crush is not considered a manufacturing defect. Most roll crush occurs as a result of stacking a large number of rolls on top of one another. This rarely occurs at the manufacturing level, since rolls are stored one (1) roll in height. Some carpet retailers store rolls at heights of three (3) or more rolls. Roll crush may also occur during shipping, where rolls are loaded several rolls high.

Roll crush can sometimes be alleviated in carpet using steam or hot water extraction cleaning. Most rolls of carpet will exhibit some degree of roll crush immediately after the roll has been unwrapped. In most cases, minor roll crush will disappear after the yarn has been allowed sufficient time to "blossom" or undergo moisture regain. All but the most stubborn crush marks, in carpet with nylon yarn systems, can usually be removed with steam or hot water extraction cleaning.

About the Author
Michael Hilton was the original creator of Carpet Buyers Handbook. Having owned and operated a carpet wholesale company, Hilton has a vast knowledge about all-things carpet related as well as other types of flooring.

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