Catherine Carpet June 19th, 2018 - 19:47:49
Few things can make a house feel more inviting or add a dramatic flair to a room than carefully chosen carpeting. Today its something most of us take for granted but that hasnt always been so. Before the 1950s wall to wall carpet was considered an expensive luxury reserved for the wealthy. That all changed with the post-war building boon in the middle of the 20th century. With new advancements in carpet fibers manufacturing methods and an expanding market wall to wall carpeting was suddenly within reach of a growing middle class. Sixty years ago fiber texture pattern and color were limited and vacuum cleaner technology was in its early stages. As a result carpet life was short. Today choices are nearly unlimited. A wide range of price points and carpet exist for nearly every room and application. Even moderately priced carpet can bring years of enjoyment to your home.
Getting a good quality carpet steam cleaner is essential to the cleaning process. Make sure you have one that is of good construction. It is very frustrating to keep fixing a machine that keeps breaking down throughout the process of trying to get the carpets clean. A good carpet steam cleaner should also provide enough suction to pick up most of the water put down in the process. Your carpeting should be damp not wet when the entire cleaning process is done. If your carpets are wet it will take a very long time to dry and it is also an indicator that the carpeting is not as clean as it could probably be. The last thing to look at is the scrubbing action. Most new models of a carpet steam cleaner either use a rotating roller scrub brush or spinning scrubbers. I believe either is good but I prefer the spinning brushes because they seem a little easier to remove for cleaning. If you have pets that shed you will probably be cleaning them several times throughout the project.
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.
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.