Just like a scratch on the paintwork of your new car, a burn or stain on your prize carpet is going to fray nerves. However, with a little know-how and plenty of ingenuity, it might be possible to have your carpet looking like new with a spot of carpet patching. Here’s how…
The shaving method
Okay so this first example doesn’t utilize the carpet patching method per se, but it’s certainly worth mentioning as it’s quick and easy. That said, it will only work on burns if they aren’t too deep and is best applied to dense or shag-pile carpets. Using a razor blade carefully shave off the burnt or melted ends making sure you take off as little as possible. When complete simply fluff up the ends to blend in with the surrounding carpet area. Simple!
The transplant method
This method utilizes strands of carpet from areas that aren’t visible such as the inside of closets, underneath radiators, or better still, leftovers from the original carpet after fitting. Again using a razor, trim the affected area down to the backing. Then using a tiny screwdriver or a toothpick, apply the waterproof adhesive sparingly on to the affected area. Be careful not to get glue onto the surrounding fibers, otherwise, you’ll end up with more problems than you started with. Next, just like a hair transplant, carefully take the fibers that you’ve taken from another area and transplant them onto the area you’re working on. Let it dry for 24 hours and then fluff up the fibers and trim so that they are the same level as the rest of the carpet.
The plug method
Finally, this method involves taking out the whole affected area and replacing it with an entirely new piece. It’s worth mentioning that when doing this if your carpet is faded or worn slightly then the patched area may appear different to the rest of your carpet. Firstly cut a triangle around the damaged area of your carpet. Why a triangle? For the simple reason that it makes it far easier to patch in. Next, cut a piece of burlap or other fabric larger than the hole you’re patching. This backs up the adhesive so the patch doesn’t stick to the floor. Put the fabric in place by lifting up the carpet from the lining and pulling the surrounding fibers carefully through the hole. Once in place start gluing it to the fabric. Finally, leave for 24 -48 hours to dry.
Carpet patching to get a perfect match isn’t easy and you can run the risk of doing more harm than good. So unless you’re confident that you know what you’re doing, it might pay you to call in the experts. Here at Carpet Cleaning Kings, we’ve been patching carpets for many years so why not give us a call on 1300 7000 75 and let us show you exactly what we can do.