Snags, tears and stains on carpet can all be pretty big eyesores. If damage of this sort happens in your home, depending on the size and gravity, you may be able to fix it on your own. Just set aside some time and let your local Longwood carpet specialists walk you through the easy steps of carpet restoration.
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Having some excess carpet from installation comes in handy for jobs like these. If you don’t happen to have any spare carpet, look for a corner or closet in the house that’s unseen an cut out a swatch of carpet from there.
It’s important to use the same exact carpet so that you aren’t causing a ‘quilt’ effect on your floor. Trust us, it’s not pretty.
Using a utility knife, cut a triangle or rectangle around the affected area. Then, cut the matching carpet in the same shape (but a little larger for room to tuck in and trim out) and prepare it to be placed in the hole you cut.
Lighting is crucial here. Make sure that you’re repairing with the help of good daylight and if not, that your lights are on so you can see what you’re doing.
Take a piece of thick, durable fabric like burlap to place beneath in the freshly cut hole (before you place your swatch). Tuck it under the edges of the hole and leave it there to be a buffer between the adhesive and the bare floor.
Take carpet adhesive and rub it along the edges of the hole you’ve cut as well as the fabric you placed on the ground. Be sure that you pay attention to the grain so that when you place the swatch, it’s running along the same orientation. Place the swatch into the hole and trim any excess carefully. Ruffle the edges with your hand to hide the seam.
Then, you’re pretty much finished! Just let the area dry overnight and vacuum the following day.
Don’t panic if you happen to spill some chili on the ground. With some simple, guided steps you’ll be able to have your floor back to stellar condition in no time.
If you find yourself needing an extra hand with your carpeting (or any flooring for that matter) check it out with the experts. We’re Longwood carpet whizzes and we’re always happy to help.