Carpet Repair

carpet repair

How often you need to repair your carpet depends on

you. There are instances such as burns, crushing,

fading, furniture, bleeding, sprouting, and carpet

beetles where you'll want to take action. Most of

the time, you can finish a repair job without needing

a professional, although there will be times when

you will need professional assistance.

Burns

Burns occur when a cigarette butt or flame comes

in contact with the carpet. If the burn is small,

the burnt fibers of the carpet can be cut out with

scissors. If the burn is large, you'll need to

replace the area with a new piece of carpet. You

can do this yourself if you know how, or have an

installer do it.

Fuzzing

This occurs when loose fibers come out on the edges

of the carpet. To fix this, simply cut the fibers

that are sticking out.

Furniture marks

Heavy furniture can result in indentations being

left on the carpet. To get rid of these nasty

marks, you should sprinkle your carpet with some

club soda, place a towel over the area, then iron

it. Do this a couple of times and you will see

your carpet begin to re-fluff.

Shading, crushing, and matting

A lot of traffic on the surface of the carpet will

cause it to flatten, which may give some types of

carpet a shaded appearance. If this happens, you

should brush and vacuum the area. If you can't

fix the problem, you may need to hire a professional,

as this can sometimes be very tricky.

Shedding and snagging

Shedding is a problem of usage, as the fibers will

surface on the carpet. This isn't a defect in

manufacturing, but a normal problem. To fix it,

you'll need to vacuum the area. The snags on

the other hand are tufts that have pulled out of

the surface of the carpet. They will occur more

often with loop pile than cut pile carpets. You

should never pull them off, but instead cut them

off neatly with a pair of scissors.

Sprouting

A carpet is known to have sprouts only when there

are tufts on it, which are longer than the rest.

As pulling on them will only damage the carpet

more, you should trim them off with scissors and

level them down to the rest of the pile.

Static electricity

This depends on the carpet material, construction,

and padding. Humidity will play an important role

as the moisture in the air is absorbed by the

carpet fibers. A humidifier will help to retain

moisture, and you can also spray the surface of

the carpet with an anti static agent.

Carpet beetles

The best way to deal with carpet beetles is with

a strong vacuum suction. You should always avoid

spillage and keep the surface of the carpet clean

of food. The carpet beetles are quite annoying,

as they feed on wool, hair, hides, fur, grain,

seeds, and flour. If the carpet is infested bad,

you professional cleaner is the way to go.

Bleeding or crocking

Bleeding of the carpet is the loss or transfer

of the color from one section to another. Good

underlayments can help to prevent bleeding to

a certain degree. Crocking on the other hand is

the loss of the carpets color when it is rubbed.

To avoid this, simply avoid getting your carpet

wet.

A carpet installation job that is one right can

help you reduce your repair worries to quite

an amazing degree. You can always call a pro as

well, as their services will often end up being

much cheaper than if you were to go ahead and

replace the entire carpet.

Author: Greg Herring

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