Carpet maintenance in your home includes a lot of investment. Hence, it is frustrating when a hole is formed due to sputtering ember that falls on your rug or a storm during the spring floods the basement of the house. Solving these problems on your own is not a big task and by doing this yourself, you can easily save a lot of money and the life of your carpet.
You can easily patch a small hole, burn or tear off by using the techniques that would be making the repair almost invisible. You will require a small patch of carpet that matches the damaged piece. If you are not having a remnant, you can cut off a piece from inside a closet or from under a piece of furniture that you will not move them. Though it might sound extreme, carpet patching is cheaper compared to replacing a carpet.
If you have a plush type carpet having a flat surface and without any patterns, you can easily repair the carpet and it would be invisible. If there is a colour pattern or have textures or looped yarn, you need to be fussier while cutting the plug and repairing the carpet might be visible, though it will not be noticed by any outsiders.
Before you start the repairing process, buy a knife that is specialized for cutting carpet and has replaceable blades. You will also require a roll of one sided carpet tape and choose a heavy-duty tape reinforces by mesh. Do not purchase or make use of the thin flimsy version or the hot melt tapes that requires an iron for application.
Make sure that the area you are working in should be well lit. In order to mark the area that needs to be cut and repaired, part the carpet fibres around the damaged area. Leave half-inch parting lines from the area from the spot that has been damaged. Cut along the parts with the help of a sharp blade of the carpet knife, preferably a new one.
Cut a replacement plug as a template. To start the process of repairing, make a cut in the replacement material with the help of a straightedge so that it helps easy insertion of the naps by running the e carpet knife. It should be aligned to the first cut. When you are laying the cut out piece on top of the replacement material, make sure you are running their naps in the same direction. You can say the direction of the naps by gently rubbing your fingers on the carpet as well as looking at the fibres. Once you have cut out the lined up correctly, part the fibres along the three sides that are not cut just as you did before.
Cut along the parts and then test the plug, making sure that the nap of the plug matches with the nap of the surrounding carpet. If the plug is little big, trim off arrow of fibres with sharp scissors. Remember if you use dull and old scissors, it will tear off the carpet.
Cut small pieces of the carpet tape and position them in the hole without even removing the back part. Cut the ends of the tape in a diagonal ways so that the pieces will frame the hole without overlapping them. The tricky part is getting the tape well positioned so that it is halfway under the plug and the other half under the surrounding carpet. A helper makes this easier.
After you have marked the positions in the hole, remove the pieces from the hole and carefully remove the protective backing from the tape. While you are pulling the carpet with a single hand, slip the pieces of the tape back into the hole that was prepared before one piece at a time. Ensure that the edges of the tape are lined up with the markings.
Now you can put the new plug into the hole. Pull the fibres of the surrounding carpet back from the edges, push one side of the plug lightly onto the tape, and ensure that is completely correct, as you will have one single shot. After you are sure that the plug has been placed correctly, use your fingers to work in the direction of the nap all the way throughout the hole as you are pressing the plug down firmly onto each side of the tape.
Whenever your carpet gets soaked, you need to act fast. The longer the carpet stays soggy; it will stretch out more, discolour or might get mouldy. If large part is waterlogged, complete replacement of the carpet is advisable. Only if a corner of a small room has been soaked, pull the carpet off from the tack strip by hand unless you can fold the wet section, run a fan, and let the carpet dry.
Wet carpet is similar to a big sponge and you will have to get rid of it as fast as possible. Cut around the wet area with a utility knife. Make sure to make straight cuts so that it seems straight after you have patched the new pad. Scrape off the pad if it has been glued with the concrete floor with a scrapper. If stapled, you just have to pull off the chunks of the pad, prying or pulling up the staples. Keep garbage bags handy to drips on the carpeting. Wipe off the traces of water from the floor and then flop the carpet back to its place.
Measure the area of pad that us required in replacing and take a sample of the pad to the home improvement store for finding a similar replacing pad. The colour of the pad does not matter, but the new pad must of the same thickness and density as the old. There are stores that would cut the pad into the size that you will need. Fasten the pad to a concrete floor with the help of an adhesive and duct tape. On the wooden floor, all you require is a staple gun and staple size of 15 to 16 inches.
Stretch the carpet to the track strip towards the wall as you are fastening the pad. If you are dealing with a small area or corner, make use of the knee kicker. Start from one end of the loose carpet set the head of the kicker about two inches from the tack strip and the nudge the carpet tightly against the wall. Now force the carpet into the tack strip with the help of a stiff putty knife. Make sure to tuck the edges of the carpet into the space between the wall as well as the tack strip. Move the kicker a few times about a few inches and continue it along the wall.
Use a power stretcher for re-stretching the carpet if you are dealing with a large area and you carpet has gone out of its shape wrinkled and bubbled up. You can rent the stretcher easily in stores.
If you have a carpet that has been pulled out form it metal threshold, you will need to fix it now. Else, the exposed edge of the carpet will begin to fray. If the damage has extended more than one inch, you will fail to make the perfect repair.
Start the process by removing the old threshold. You can easily do it with the door in place but it be longer and has the risk of scratching the door. Now pry up the lip of the metal threshold very carefully along the entire length with a screwdriver or with a flat pry bar. As the threshold will be replaced, you need worry about wrecking it, but make sure that you are not damaging the carpet further. Once the lip of the threshold is pulled up, gently pull up the carpet from the teeth present inside the threshold. Slightly roll back the carpet to get it out of the way.
Now install the new threshold. If the edges of the carpet is in good shape, you can just place the new one in the place of the old. If you find that the edge of the carpet is frayed badly, trim off the damaged part with the help of a carpet knife and straightedge. Position the new threshold farther into the carpeted room to compensate for the width that has been trimmed off.
Now attach the carpet to the threshold. Start the process of attaching from one end of the threshold, setting the knee kicker about 2 inches from the threshold. Kick with your knee firmly but not with all of your strength, else you might rip off the carpet. Use a stiff putty knife to force the carpet into the threshold teeth. Move the kicker over a few inches and continue repeating the process until you have reached the other end of the threshold. Finally, pound down the threshold lip with the help of a rubber mallet.
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