When you’ve invested energy and money in your home, you want to make sure it’s in great condition for as long as possible. That’s why one of the most disheartening things that can happen is getting a stain or a burn on your carpet.
- Repair of superficial stains or burns
- Resurrect Crushed Carpet
- Replace a damaged section
- Cut your spare part
- Secure the replacement part
- additional information
Repair of Superficial Stains or Burns
Repairing a small burn or stain can be as simple as trimming the ends of damaged carpet fibres. To Repair the burn carpet using sharp scissors or even a nail clipper, carefully trim the stained ends. Don’t cut too much or too deep into the carpet or it will look like the cut was bad.
If the mark is deeper, you may need to borrow some carpet fibres. Remove the damaged fibres to the bottom of the carpet, then cut some replacement carpet fibres from an area out of the way, such as in the back of a closet. Using a toothpick, work carefully and slowly and place a drop of a clear waterproof adhesive at the base of each fibre, then secure it to the carpet covering. This process is slow and demanding – you don’t want to stick to any other fibres or you’ll end up with a bunch of pieces of carpet glued together – but it can save your carpet.
Resurrect Crushed Carpet
If your carpet has just been crushed under the weight of furniture, you can probably bring it back to life with a water spray and a hairdryer. Simply dampen (do not wet) the crushed fibres and, when drying them with the hairdryer, pass them by hand.
Replace a Damaged Section
If you have a deep stain on the fibres or cover a larger area, you will need to replace the damaged section. Hopefully, you still have some leftover carpeting that you saved when it was originally installed, but if you don’t, you can still get a replacement section in the back of the closet.
Remember, all the carpet has a grain or texture as a result of the way it is manufactured. Brush one way the fibres stand up and comb the other, the fibres seem to lie down. You want to make sure that any replacement parts you use are positioned so the grain is running the same way as the rest of the carpet. Also, specialists suggest that replacement parts are less obvious if they are cut in the shape of a triangle or circle. Squares and rectangles draw attention.
Cut your Spare Part
When it comes to cutting the stained section, you have a few options. You can use a can lid as a template. Nail the lid to the ground and using a sharp knife, cut around the edges of the lid. Use the same cap as a model to cut your replacement part, and you’ll have a very close match.
A more accurate method is to place your replacement part over the stained area (make sure the grain is running correctly) and then cut both layers of carpet at the same time. This way, the replacement part will exactly match the shape of the damaged section you are removing.
Secure the Replacement Part
Double-sided carpet tape is the easiest method to secure the patch in place. Glue the tape to the floor first, making sure it is exactly on the edge of the hole, then peel off the top of the tape and place the patch in the hole. Carpet tape will hold the patch, but over time it will dry out and lose viscosity. Also, it doesn’t stand up well to the moisture of cleaning your rugs.
An alternative method to secure your patch is to use clear waterproof adhesive or clear silicone caulk. Any of them will get better over time and they will not be damaged by carpet cleaners. Place the sticker around the edges of the sticker and press it into the hole. Here again, make sure you don’t get any of the undamaged carpet fibres.
Brush the adhesive carpet fibres and undamaged carpet together by hand to remove the visible line where the patch meets the carpet. Put some weight on the patch (books are a good choice) and leave it on for 24 hours.
additional information however, just because your carpet has had an accident doesn’t mean you need to replace it.
When you cut the damaged piece of carpet, save the piece of underlay that comes out. You will need to put it back into the hole to ensure the patch height is the same as the original carpet. If the base itself is damaged, you can use a piece of material like two as a substitute.
The shorter the pile of the carpet, the more difficult it is to make a patch invisible. Unfortunately, patching a carpet is unlikely to make it look as good as it originally did, but it will still look much better than a big stain or burn.