Plants are part of our lives wherever we go or live. Some of us cannot live without them and they are essencial part of our home decor. But… we need to know where they cannot be placed to avoid sometimes very expensive damage.
Unfortunately, plant pots is the one thing that will most likely leave your carpet permanently damaged. We have an example on the right from one of our client so that you could see what may happen to your carpet. This is a severe case and you may not see your carpet in such state ever, but it clearly shows how bad it could get.
That kind of destruction is caused by few things:
Not just there. They find perfect hiding places behind or under your upholstery furniture, cabinets, or any other furniture that you almost never move. But plant pots are one of the essential things they need for moisture. Larvae can simply hide in you carpet and eat it completely undisturbed, until you move your plant pot or furniture and see some 3-4 mm long (rice looking) things. Then what usually happens - you take you vacuum cleaner and start vacuuming them up and realise that carpet fibres are coming off as well. All you are left with is a patch of your carpet backing.
Simply said – they eat it. And it's larvae not the carpet moth itself that eat it. Natural carpet or natural carpet mix is within their diet requirements to survive and grow. They will not eat man-made synthetic carpet, but plant pots may crush carpet pile and may also leave water marks on the carpet that is not always possible to remove. As professionals we advise not to place plant pots on any carpet type.
If you discover few of such creatures, take your vacuum cleaner and thoroughly vacuum your entire house, move all of the furniture, and make sure you thoroughly vacuum around edges of your carpet. While one type vacuum cleaners are good for wood flooring, the others with power driven brush are so much better on carpets. You will get so much more out of your carpet by using vacuum cleaner with rotating brush.
Try to keep your plants on hard surfaces, while consistently checking under the pots for any damage to other type flooring surfaces. Moisture is not a very good friend with carpet and wood.
Regular professional carpet cleaning helps to prevent carpet moth larvae doing any damage to your carpet. Remember - hire reputable company to take great care of your quality carpets and soft furnishings and never hire someone based on cheap price. You may end up paying twice.
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