Carpet Patching With Success
We all wanted to make sure that the carpet in our homes lasts. But there are circumstances beyond our control that might ruin our plans and end up a damaged carpet. However, just because your carpet has had an accident doesn't mean you need to replace it.
If you have a stain that is deep into the fibers or covers a larger area, you're going to need to replace the damaged section. Hopefully you still have some remnants of carpet that you saved when it was originally installed, but if you don't, you can still get a replacement section from the back of that closet.
A couple of points
If the patch is to be applied against a wall and the room has baseboard molding, your two options are: a) remove the baseboard and reinstall it after laying down the carpet patch, or b) leave the baseboard in place and install the tack strip 1/4" away from the baseboard as described in the next step.Step 2: Attach the Tack Strip
If the area you're patching is up against a wall, you'll need to put down a tack strip which has "teeth" that hold the carpet in place. Nail the tack strip along the wall 1/4" away from the edge of the wall or baseboard.Step 3: Cut the Carpet Pad
Cut a piece of the foam carpet pad to fit the area to be patched. The pad should be cut to fit inside the tack strip, not on top of it.Step 4: Determine the Nap Direction
Next, check the carpet nap to make sure it follows the direction of the existing carpet. Run your hand back and forth over both pieces to check.Step 5: Cut Out the Patch
Once you have determined the nap direction for the scrap, use a utility knife to cut a piece to size and fit it into the area.Step 6: Apply the Seam Tape
If one of the edges of your patch is against a wall, attach the other three edges first using the process described in this step. The last edge will be attached to the tack strip in the next step of the project.
Lay down the seam tape just under the seam and use the carpet iron (Image 1) to activate the seam tape and bond the edges together. Then, use a carpet tractor (Image 2) to press the carpet down onto the seam tape to reinforce the bond. Afterward, position something heavy over the area to help set the seam.Step 7: Stretch the Carpet Over the Tack Strip
When all the seams are secure, use a knee kicker to stretch the carpet onto the tack strip. Always work down the length the wall to the innermost corner. Use a hammer to push the carpet down onto the teeth of the tack strip.Step 8: Trim Away the Excess
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Graeme Stephens has been running the largest owned carpet cleaning company
in new Zealand for 24 years. IICRC qualified "master restoration technician"