There are a few common problems that can affect carpets and each may
require a slightly different solution. For instance, carpet can become
burned, whether from an iron or from contact with some other kind of hot
object. If the burn does not go too deep into the fibers, cutting off
the tips of the burned fibers can make the burned spot look like new. If
the burn goes deeper, it will be necessary to take more drastic action.
Whether the damage is a burn, a stain, or something else, no one will know it was ever there. Discovering a permanent stain or a burn on a carpet is a nightmare, especially if the carpeting is new, but it is possible to repair without seeking the assistance of a professional.
To fix a burn or a permanent stain on carpeting you will need a section
of matching carpeting to use for a patch. If you did not keep excess
carpeting after installation, consider removing a section from the
inside of a closet or another inconspicuous area. This is a better
alternative to the eyesore of a burn or stain in the center of the room.
You will also need a sharp utility knife, a fine-tip black marker,
sharp scissors, carpet cement, or for a larger repair carpet tape is
also necessary. This is a quick and easy repair, and it will save a
considerable amount of money over hiring a professional.
How to Repair Small Burns or Carpet Stains
Begin by cutting
out the stain or burn with a sharp utility knife. Be careful not to cut
all the way into the padding. Once the area has been cut away, examine
the extra piece of carpeting that will be used to make the patch, and
look for the direction of the nap. Place the carpet patch on the
backside of the extra piece while making sure it is facing the right
direction so the nap will be the same when the repair is complete. Trace
around the cutout on the backside of the carpet with a fine-tip marker,
and cut it out using a sharp utility knife. The newly cutout section of
carpet should fit the hole like a puzzle piece, and once it is glued in
place it should blend in seamlessly. Apply the cement, and firmly press
it into place. After the cement has dried, brush the nap of the carpet
with a hand to blend it with the surrounding carpeting. Trim the fibers
How to Repair Large Burns or Carpeting Stains
Large burns or carpeting stains can be repaired much in the same way as
smaller ones. Cut out a patch as directed above while being careful to
match the nap of the carpeting. Instead of just using carpet cement,
apply double-sided carpet tape to the patch and padding beneath. Apply
half of the tape beneath the edges of the hole, and apply carpet cement
around the edges of the patch. Carefully put it in place and set
something heavy over the repair for at least eight hours. If the
finished patch matches the nap of the carpeting it should blend in, and
no one will know the area was patched.
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