What is roll crush in carpeting? Sometimes in recently installed carpeting, half-inch bands can be seen in the width. This is usually caused by a condition known in the industry as roll crush. Clients may not be happy with what they see as a significant aesthetic problem with the carpet.
Roll crush will most often appear across the width of the carpet. When this happens, a band of the pile yarn becomes flattened. This is due to the weight of the carpet roll itself. It is especially common when several rolls are stacked one on top of the other. Stacking carpet rolls can happen at the manufacturer’s plant, a warehouse, during shipping or even at the carpet retail location.
Roll crush on carpet can sometimes be eliminated by treating it with steam or very hot water. The fibers may recover and leave the carpeting as good as new. Other times, the crush has been so forceful that it remains even after several treatments. However, most of the time the unsightly bands will be gone after proper treatment and time to recover.