We have an 80/20 carpet in the hall and it's about 4 years old. After
initial wear the carpet pile flattened. That's no problem, but now the
surface has many 'bobbles' that the sunlight catches and they look
awful. My wife is constantly puling them off but it gets a tiresome
Is there some preparation that can be sprayed on the carpet to prevent
Must be local usage term. I've got totally no clue, either. I figure it will
get explained some day.
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What is a "bobble"? What exactly is your wife "pulling off"?
> We have an 80/20 carpet in the hall and it's about 4 years old. After
> initial wear the carpet pile flattened. That's no problem, but now the
> surface has many 'bobbles' that the sunlight catches and they look
> awful. My wife is constantly puling them off but it gets a tiresome
> bobbles reforming?
I like to think I know a little bit about carpet, but I have no
idea what you mean by an 80/20 carpet. Does that refer to the fiber
content (80% nylon and 20 percent something else, maybe) or a sculptured
carpet where 80 percent of the tufts are cut, or what?
Anyhow, I expect the root of the problem is that either you don't have
an agitating brush on your vaccuum cleaner or it's worn out. Normally,
the agitating brush on a vaccuum cleaner will whack the carpet pile,
thereby shaking any loose fibers out of the carpet and suck them up
before they get a chance to accumulate and form fur balls. (I'm
presuming that "bobbles" are loose carpet fibers accumulated together
into a "clump".)
You might also check that the brush height adjustment on your vaccuum
cleaner is set properly so that the brushes are actually beating the
carpet so as to shake the carpet pile so that loose dirt and fibers
comes out of the carpet.
> I really had no clear idea of what he meant by "bobbles" either, but
> since he put that term in quotes, I reasoned that Pebe didn't know the
> correct technical term, so he made up a word to describe what he was
> seeing on his carpet, and I imagined a bobble to look like a hair ball a
> cat might cough up, but only smaller, dry, and made out of carpet
Yes, that's right. Tiny balls of material about 2 to 3mm dia. See this
link for devices to remove woolen balls from sweaters etc. I could not
think of another way to describe them.
'bobble remover - Bing' (http://tinyurl.com/d977m3a )
80/20 carpet is a description used by the carpet shop for a mixed wool
and fibre carpet. I assume it refers to the percentage of each material
in the mix.
We used a cylinder cleaner without brushes until I found out about turbo
brushes. We now use one of those but it does not help with the problem.
Bobbles in the UK are what we call pills in the US.
Never heard of them on carpets but have heard on sweaters where best
solution apparently is shaving off.
Usually carpet construction is more responsible for wear than the fiber
mix. Pulling off defects may just increase them and cutting is better.
In a high wear area, you want a tight dense carpet construction such as
you might see in office buildings or hotel lobbies where a lot of people
cause wear and durability is important.
I didn't know they still made wool carpet :o) I'd contact the carpet
company....may tell you it is "normal" (it sure seems so with wool
sweaters). Friction seems to aggravate the pilling (as with sweaters,
inside of sleeve rubs against other clothing)...so, is this in high
traffic areas? do y'all wear slippers with smooth soles? Pets?
I'd be inclined (not knowing what else to do) to dab the pills with duct
tape or brush with one of those short wire brushes used for pets.
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