November 5th, 2018

Home Improvement

Knowing a few simple common carpet fixes can save you a great deal of time, energy, and money in the long run. Your carpet is a big investment in your home, and it’s one that really sets the whole atmosphere and style of the space. So, when a candle is blown out and a small ember escapes the wick to burn a small hole in your carpet, it’s an understandably tough situation. Many homeowners think they’re left with 2 options: live with the blemish on the carpet, or call the pros to have the carpet replaced or repaired, but there’s another answer out there.

Fixing 3 Common Carpet Problems At Home

Learning to fix the common problems yourself can save you from having the dreaded decision between living with a damaged carpet and paying to have the whole thing replaced. 3 common problems and how to fix them include:

Patch a damaged spot

Patching a small hole, tear, or burn is actually a very simple process. First, you’ll need to find a small “plug” of carpet from an extra leftover bit of carpet or the carpet inside of a closet or a hidden area matching the area you wish to patch. Carefully cut out the damaged area and use this cut out as a guide for cutting the replacement carpet plug. Using carpet tape, position the tape in diagonal strips inside of the carpet hole to prepare for the installation of the new carpet plug. After placing the plug, a rolling pin will work to make the spot look seamless and natural, and small scissors can be used to trim any outstanding fibers.

Rescuing a wet spot

Leaks, spills, and pets can all cause wet spot carpet damage. If the area is saturated and large, replacement may be your only option, but a smaller area in a corner or small space in the room can be fixed at home. The first thing you should do is go to the corner of the wet area and pull the carpet from the tack strip until you’ve folded out the entire wet section. Using a utility knife, cut out the wet carpet padding as quickly as possible as to avoid mold growth, and save this pad as a guide for when you purchase new padding. Using carpet pad adhesive, adhere the new pad to the bare flooring and refasten carpet to the tack strip.

Reattaching carpet

When carpet comes unattached, simply remove the threshold affected first while working carefully. If the carpet is in good shape, installation of your new threshold will be in the same place, but if the carpet has frayed the threshold may need to move a little bit to accommodate the trimmed carpet fray area. After the new threshold is installed, attach the existing carpet.

Simple Maintenance For A Beautiful Floor

These simple issues don’t always require a whole lot of effort to fix. With these few tips in hand, homeowners can keep their carpet looking like new again for many years to come.