Simple Carpet Repairs

Written by Lee Wyatt (last updated August 10, 2015)

Everyone has come across a stain or burn in their carpet, some time or another. Considering the price of carpet today, is it really any surprise that when we come across these damages that we tend to freak out, and panic? People typically think that they only have two possible fixes to this problem. The first would be to replace the entire carpet, which is expensive and time consuming. The second possibility would be to just let the problem area sit there, and be an eyesore. To the surprise of many, there is actually another possibility for damaged carpet that many people may not have thought about before, and that would be to fix it yourself. Just use one some of these simple ideas, and you are going to have some perfect carpet once again.

Incidental Damage:

If the damage appears to be of an incidental or minor nature, then fixing repairing the damaged portion could be as simple as giving your carpet a "haircut." Using some sharp manicuring scissors, or even some fingernail clippers trim off the stained or burned ends of the carpet fibers, and thereby removing the damage. You are going to need to be careful while doing this, since you could end up making the carpet appear to be uneven, and like a bad haircut, this could lead to more problems.

Moderate Damage:

You are going to need to "borrow" a few strands, or a small part of the carpet, from another area of the room. Be sure to gather these strands, or patch, from an out of the way, meaning out of sight, location like from the back of the closet or something. Use a razor, or sharp utility knife, and cut out the damaged section. All that you need to do is cut the fibers, or strands, that are actually damaged in someway, and from the out of the way area, cut a few strands to fit the area of what you just removed. Then using some type of a waterproof adhesive (like superglue) and a toothpick, glue the "patch" into place.

Major Damage:

For this, you are going to need a larger patch than you just heard about. What you should do for this is cut out the area of the carpet that has been damaged and set it aside. Either from the back of the closet, from some left over carpet that you have lying around, or from the store you are going to make a patch that is going to match in size what you have just cut out. In fact, you can use the damaged section as a template in order to get the correct size, and shape of what you are going to need. Try to have all your cut pieces of carpet be either a triangle or circle in shape, as it is less noticeable to the eye when you do this.

As you are laying down this replacement piece you need to make sure that the "grain" of the carpet matches. This is the way that the carpet fibers lay, and you want the patch to have as "natural" of a feel as possible. After you have matched the grain of the carpet, you can either use a waterproof glue or silicone caulk, to glue the patch into place, and hold it down with some type of heavy weight. Now let it sit for at least twenty-four hours, and you are going to be all finished.

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Lee Wyatt

Contributor of numerous Tips.Net articles, Lee Wyatt is quickly becoming a regular "Jack of all trades." He is currently an independent contractor specializing in writing and editing. Contact him today for all of your writing and editing needs! Click here to contact. ...


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