these little pulls in my carpet. There were three places in our downstairs where this little phenomena was occurring. All were in different rooms. All seemed to be close to a wall.
I sent this picture to our resident carpet and rug expert, Greg Henderson, managing partner of A Cleaner World Carpet & Rug Cleaning, with these two questions: “What is going on with my carpet? How do I fix it?”
Greg said this little effect is known as sprouting – where a single tuft extends beyond a carpet’s surface. The cause is usually from dogs or cats lying or wallering in a particular area. But we don't let Lucy past the kitchen. I asked if it could be from my super-suction vacuum cleaner. Perhaps. But whatever the cause, the solution is simple – just cut it off. “Cut it off because if you leave it,” Greg said, “one of these days you’ll run your vacuum cleaner over the area and jerk a 6’ piece of thread out of your carpet leaving big hole.”
I hung up the phone, got the scissors and went to work. Here’s the result: