The older our carpets get, the more likely they are to succumb to the effects of aging and years of wear and tear. That can lead to holes beginning to develop in the most worn down areas of your plush floor covering.
But while having all new carpets installed is expensive and time-consuming, it can also be highly inconvenient due to the necessity of moving everything out of the room in which your new carpet will be laid. You don’t need to go through all of these hassles just to restore your current carpet to its original appearance.
That’s because any holes that may be worn through in your carpet can be easily repaired in just a few simple steps. This damage may not be all that noticeable at first, but homeowners looking for carpet cleaning summerville might soon realize they need to patch a carpet before having it deep cleaned.
The important thing to remember is that while fixing a hole in your carpet doesn’t have to be a daunting task, some projects are better candidates for a DIY’ers touch than others. Carpeting that has a small hole or two in the surface is much more likely to look good as new again than a carpet with larger areas of damage.
So before you set out to perform any of the following steps, do a thorough assessment of the condition of your carpet to see if fixing a hole or two is going to do the trick. Sometimes small repairs can have a big effect on your carpet’s overall aesthetic.
On the other hand, large sections of damage or disrepair are probably beyond do-it-yourself repair and any attempts you make at trying to fix these issues may only make the carpet look worse than it does now. In this case, it’s time to rip it up and take it out for good.
Measure The Damage
Carpets with small holes that are about one to three inches in diameter can usually be fixed without much visible evidence you patched anything up at all.
This is because smaller patches are easier to conceal along the seams and even the most curious of houseguests won’t be able to tell there was any damage in the first place. Larger patches will be far more recognizable as having been the result of some cut and paste work.
Measure first, then get to work.
Cut The Damage Away
Chances are when you originally had the carpet installed, the contractor gave you the leftover remnants that were trimmed from the original roll. If you still have these pieces then you are in luck. If not, swing by your carpet store and see if they can get you swatches of the carpet you bought from them all those years ago.
Once you’ve got your remnant, go back to the hole you want to replace in your carpet and place a can or some other container over it so that the item covers the damage entirely. Using a sharp blade, cut around the can or container so that you may extract the damaged portion of the carpet from the rest.
Trim A Patch
You’ve got your can or container and your carpet remnant, do the same thing here as you did on your damaged carpet. You must trim the remnant with the same item you used in the previous step. Otherwise the patch will not fit properly.
Now you should have two identical carpet slugs – the portion with the hole or damage cut from your current carpet and the patch that was trimmed from your remnant.
Now you’re going to discard the damaged slug and bring your remnant patch to the hole that is currently in your carpet.
Lay Down Carpet Tape
Grab some carpet tape and cut two or three pieces so that they can fit inside of the hole that has been cut into your carpet.
Lay them inside of the hole so that they are easily accessible and ready to cling to the patch you’re about to place on top of them. Be mindful not to have any of the tape popping up along the edges of the hole. You want to hide the seams of the patch not call attention to them.
Press The Patch Down
The remnant patch should fit nice and snug in the hole on top of the carpet tape. Be careful how you place it in there, you want the texture of the carpet to look uninterrupted so you may need to rotate the patch in the position that looks like it matches with the rest of the carpet.
Press Firmly So That It Sticks To The Tape In The Hole
Now all you need to do is blend the fibers at the seams so as to hide them from the naked eye. A comb or brush can help you achieve the desired effect.