Catherine Carpet June 19th, 2018 - 19:34:08
A patch is one of the most common types of repairs that we do. We use a carpet patch to solve several types of carpet problems where small to mid-sized portions of wall-to-wall carpet have been damaged. People usually call us to patch their carpet when other methods to restore their carpet wont work. Common causes of carpet damage that require this type of carpet repair include carpet burns carpet stains carpet tears carpet holes pet damage (Bad Kitty!) and remodeling as well as worn traffic paths. We remove the damaged area and replace it with an identical piece of carpet. When done correctly its normally but not always invisible to the eye. Depending on the type of carpet you may be able to see the patch but it will almost always look far better than what we started with.
Turn the carpet patch over and use the straight edge to cut a perfect patch from the back. If you are untrained chances are that you wont be able to cut a perfect patch. (Tip use a fresh blade in the slotted blade carpet knife) Now that the carpet patch is cut exactly perfect without any gaps or overlaps at the seams its time to seal the edges. You can seal the edges with latex or with a glue gun. Just use the slightest amount of glue along both edges so that there wont be fraying in the future. Not everyone seals the edges but it is highly recommended. The carpet patch is cut to perfection the edges are sealed and now youre ready to adhere the carpet patch to the rest of the carpet. The way we do it is to use a special carpet seam tape with an iron or with a hot glue gun. For the beginner Id recommend using the glue gun.
Use an awl to lift the edge of the carpet. Go to a corner of the room and poke the awl right through the carpet about 6" from the wall. From here you will be able to pull the carpet up. If you dont have an awl you can probably use a pair of pliers. Now its time to unpack the carpet stretcher. Set it up so that the foot end is up against the baseboard and the head is a few inches from the wall that you are stretching towards. The power stretcher is more than strong enough to rip carpet so be careful to only stretch the carpet just enough to remove the wrinkles (and maybe just a little bit more). Over stretching carpet isnt a good idea because you will create ripples going the other direction. So again only stretch the carpet as much as you need to in order to remover the ripples.
Sliding heavy furniture: Carpet is made of layers of fabric. When heavy furniture slides across the carpet its likely that it will cause rippling. Latex: if the latex holding the backing together deteriorates its called delamination the carpet essentially loses its grip on itself resulting in buckling and loss of fiber. Improper padding for carpet type. Certain pile types require specific padding types; if these are paired improperly the right amount of grip and support may not be present resulting in carpet buckles. Make sure you consult a trained professional or manufacturers guide when purchasing carpet so you get the right padding to accompany it.