Common Carpet Defects: Carpet Shear Streaks

All kinds of lines appear in carpets. You can see some as soon as the carpet is rolled out; some don’t show up for several days or weeks. Some run lengthwise, others widthwise. Some can be removed, others can’t. Below is information on carpet shear streaks. Future blogs will cover other common line flaw types, such as stop marks, shift marks, oil streaks and pattern bowing. I also suggest you read my previous post on high lines and low lines in carpet.

You will see shear streaks when a tufting machine’s shearing blades malfunction. The blades can jump up when the machine stops or starts suddenly. Then you’ll see a widthwise band of high pile 1⁄2 to 1 inch wide across the roll. This type of band can be sheared by a Certified Flooring Inspector in your home to blend with the rest of the carpet.

Sometimes the blades move downward instead. Then you’ll see a gouged widthwise band 1⁄2 to 1 inch wide across the carpet. This condition is not correctable. The carpet must be replaced.

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Who is Glenn Revere?

Glenn Revere has been a carpet expert since 1973. He’s a certified flooring inspector and the author of All About Carpets, the only book written to protect and inform you about your carpet choices, from carpet buying and carpet warranties to carpet care and maintenance. You can find him on Facebook, Google+ and Twitter.

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