Is your carpet worth repairing?
Let's face it, most of us can't afford to replace our carpets every few years and we don't live in a museum; spills, burns, tears and carpet stains are facts of life, especially for those who have kids or pets. So rather than shelling out the money for more carpet (which may suffer the same fate), it's worth learning a little about carpet repair. This will help you to determine what you can fix yourself and it can also help you know when your carpet has become a lost cause.
Minor Carpet Repairs
If your carpet sheds, has snags or is sprouting, you can easily deal with it yourself. Shedding occurs with a new carpet when excess fibers from the manufacturing process surface after installation. Regular vacuuming will take care of this. Snags or sprouts (loose tufts) of carpet can easily be removed with a sharp blade or scissors – never pull at them.
Small burns require a little more attention to repair. There are various carpet repair tools you can use; one type uses a cookie cutter-like device that allows you to remove only the damaged portion of the carpet. Then you use the same tool to cut a piece of carpet from a remnant or a hidden portion of the same carpet (under the couch for example). The tool ensures that the two pieces are the exact same size; you can use a piece of carpet tape or adhesive to hold down the new patch. If you match up the grain and color of the carpet patch correctly, the repair will be almost invisible.
Carpet Repair Kit
Another available product is a carpet repair kit. You just apply it directly to a burn mark on the carpet – no cutting or gluing is required. The kit includes flock fibers in an array of popular colors that should match almost any carpet in your home. You need to mix them in with adhesive and just dab them on the damaged spot for impressive results. This product also works well for Berber carpet repair and even auto carpet repair.
Repairing wall-to-wall carpet that has a split seam is more difficult – you may need to hire a professional to fix it for you. The open seam needs to be pulled closed and held that way temporarily with a tack or nail. An upholstery needle and lightweight monofilament thread can then be used to stitch the carpet back together.
These carpet repair tips don't address more difficult types of problems. For these, you may have to purchase additional carpet to splice into the existing carpet yourself or hire a professional.