Carpets are one of the major investments at home. It goes without saying they are considerably expensive. This makes it easier for a homeowner to repair a torn carpet than having to buy a new one. It is possible to purchase a brand new one but it does not have to happen every time your carpet gets small burns or holes. Taking the carpet for repair can be expensive especially when the damage is extensive. At this point, it is better to consider buying repair tools than taking it to a repair shop.
1. Gather all the necessary tools
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Before starting any repair work, it is obvious that you should have all the necessary equipment to do the job. When you are intending to repair a torn carpet, make sure that you have the following tools: a carpet knife with replaceable blades, one-sided carpet tape (a roll), heavy-duty tape or carpet glue. Also, ensure that you have ample working space for better results.
2. Identify the holes or edges to be sealed
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Of course, you must have identified the holes or edges before even having the tools. What is meant here is the color tone and theme of the carpet. If you want to patch the carpet, you need to get the extra patching material from a carpet remnant which matches your carpet. This way, the carpet repair will have a seamless blend.
If you don’t have a remnant carpet, you can get blending materials from a fabric in your closet or furniture. Making a plug-in from such fabrics requires the use of good sewing machines. You get sewing machine reviews online and decide which would work best. The best thing about this is that the repair might look stylish to your visitors. It is only you who knows what you have really done!
3. Carefully cut out the unwanted part as well as a matching plug
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Make sure that you have an ample space for working. This area should be well lit so that you can be able to carefully mark around the area you want to cut. Cut well around the lines using a new blade in your carpet knife. Obviously, a new blade is sharper.
Now that you have a cutout, use it as a template to cut a replacement plug. Always make sure that both replacement plug and the damaged cut out have their naps running in the same direction. To identify the direction in which the nap is falling, you can rub against the carpet and see the way the fibers are falling or standing. Make sure that the plug-in fits the hole and the nap of the surrounding carpet is matching. If the plug is oversize, keep trimming until it fits exactly in the hole.
4. Preparing the hole for inserting the plug
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At this point, you can either use carpet tape or adhesive glue. However, the tape works best. If you are using a carpet tape, cut pieces and position them in the hole and make sure that you don’t remove the backing. You should cut the tape diagonally to ensure that the pieces fit without overlapping. If you have a helper, the work is easier.
After positioning the pieces of tape well around the hole, now you can remove the protective backing from the tape (sticky side). Ensure that edges of the tape are in line with your markings.
5. Plug insertion
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This is a tricky part. The way you insert the plug will determine whether your patch will be seamless or visible. Utmost concentration is vital at this stage. First, ensure that all the fibers around the hole are pulled back from the edges. Actions here have only one shot. So make sure you don’t blander.
Lightly push one side of the plug on the tape to make sure that it fits right. When you are completely sure that the plug is correctly placed, you can work in the direction of the nap using your fingers all around the hole as you press it down to make firm attachments.
A rolling pin or a seam roller can be used in meshing the fibers but a carpet tractor will do the best job. You can place a relatively heavy flat book on the plug and leave it overnight. In the morning, remove the book and trim any sticking up fibers using a pair of sharp scissors.
By now the repair should be seamlessly blending with your carpet. Do the normal cleaning or vacuum. The repair should last until the whole carpet wears beyond repair!
Repairing carpet holes and sealing the edges is a cheap way of making sure that your carpet looks well without spending a dime at a repair shop. Furthermore, it can be an enjoyable hobby for utilizing your free time! You do not have to worry anymore. You don’t have to wonder how to explain to visitors about your torn carpet. Just follow the above tips and you can be your own “designer” at home!