How to Repair Carpet – Carpet is the most common flooring material in households, but it’s not durable. And more often than not, it can become an unsightly mess. Carpet is typically made with a backing, and this backing has to be installed and removed every time the carpet needs to be replaced.
The first step to repairing your carpet is to remove the carpet in its entirety. If you try to mend the individual pieces, this will be very difficult, as the backing is what holds every piece of your carpet together, from beginning to end. If you don’t remove all of the carpets at once, the mending process will be tedious and long-winded.
Once you’ve removed the whole lot of it, set up a large tarp or sheet on whatever flooring is underneath. Save the carpet from being trampled, and place it on top of the tarp.
How to Repair Carpet?
Here are some tips to follow when removing your carpets:
1. Have a small, hand vacuum handy (preferably one with attachments).
2. Use an ice scraper to remove the carpet from under your feet and the flooring around it.
3. Cut your old carpet into small strips, about two inches in width by six feet in length. Any longer than this and you’ll be wasting time trying to use one piece through all of your doorways and hallways – this can take a long time if you’re doing it wrong!
4. Have a large garbage bag handy and place the carpet into it. This will make it easier to transport your old carpet when you take it away.
So, how do you go about mending your carpet?
Take two pieces of carpet and cut them to the length of the pieces that need mending. Lay one piece of your mended carpet onto a flat surface, with the right side facing upwards.
Take your second piece of mended carpet and spread a thin layer of glue over the top. As you’re spreading, try not to get any excess glue on the backing.
Now take the first piece of mended carpet and place it on top of the second piece, again with the right side facing upwards. Place a large amount of pressure between both pieces for about 30 seconds, but do not allow them to touch or you’ll compromise their durability. Take a rolling pin and roll over both pieces, applying pressure as you roll.
After you finished rolling your carpet, take the excess backing, and cut it into small strips. Lay these pieces of backing behind the mended carpet and glue them in place.
Then spread a thin layer of glue over the surface, and roll the carpet back and forth to spread any gaps left. Press down into the carpet several times as you’re spreading.
After you’ve finished mending your carpet, take a clean rag and wipe down any excess glue. Your mended piece of carpet should be used immediately to avoid the glue from drying.
These tips should help you repair your carpet, but if you find that you’re still having issues with it, you’ll need to hire a professional flooring contractor. It’s easier to have it professionally done than to worry about trying to mend the pieces again. ***