The carpet in your home is a big investment, so its frustrating when burns, tears and holes appear and not to mention spring storm floods the family room in the basement.  But you don’t have to live with the damage or until the carpet is replaced.  Here are some quick tips on how to repair it yourself. 

Carpet Repairs

Tears, Burns & Holes: 

First you will need a small piece of carpet that matches the damage area.  If you don’t have a remnant you can cut a piece from the inside of a closet or underneath furniture. This may sound extreme but its a lot cheaper than replacing carpet.  Before starting the repair, buy a carpet knife with replaceable blades.  Other things you will also need.  Ruler, latex seam adhesive or heat-activated tape, Steam iron, Scissors, Superglue,
Knee kicker, Chalk, Tape measure, Spare carpet, Double-sided tape

Tears:  Slide a ruler underneath the carpet and lift the torn edge.  Fold back the torn carpet as much as the tear allows and run a line of latex seam adhesive along the bottom edge of the tear. Put the carpet back down and push it into place. Alternatively, cut a piece of heat-activated tape 1 to 2 inches longer than the tear. Slide it under the tear and iron over the tape with a steam iron, pushing the carpet into the heated tape.  

Burns:  Cut a replacement plug using the cutout template and test-fit it into the cutout hole, making sure the nap of plug matches the nap of the surrounding carpet.  If the plug is a little big just trim off a single row with sharp scissors

Holes: Cut pieces of carpet tape and position them in the hole without removing the backing. Cut the ends of the tape diagonally so the pieces will frame the hole without overlapping. The tricky part is getting the tape positioned so its halfway under the plug and halfway under the surrounding carpet.  

Wet Carpet 

Relocate belongings to higher ground. Get it all out so that you can clean properly. Vacuum up excess water – use a shop vacuum. Your regular one won’t do this.  Bleach, sanitize and run a dehumidifier.  Apply baking soda.  Dry vacuum.  Steam clean.  Run fans.  Remove mildew using an enzyme cleaner. This process can be very complicated if you don’t have all the proper equipment.  Consider contacting a professional steam cleaning company.   Swift Flooring Services is locally owned and we can help you with all your water extraction needs.  

Carpet Stretching 

Here are the materials you will need.  Power ,  Knee kicker (optional),  Work gloves,  Pliers,  Flathead screwdriver,   Carpet knife or utility knife, and Yardstick.  First you must remove all furniture from the room.  Then, run a vacuum over the entire carpet; to remove any excess dirt before you start,  this will limit the amount of dust that shakes free while stretching the carpet.

Next, use work gloves to free the corner of your carpet from the baseboard tack strip.   Work your way along the wall for three sides of the room, leaving one side in place to anchor the carpet.  Use a power stretcher on the anchored side of the carpet. Press down on the machines lever to begin.  If it takes a great bit of effort to push the lever you could be overstretching the carpet and it could cause damage.  Just adjust the teeth to let go of the carpet and start over.  Continue to press the lever until you see the wrinkles disappear.  When you’ve worked out any lumps in your carpet, immediately fasten the section of carpeting to the tack strip.  Finally, carefully press the carpeting into the tack strips on both adjoining walls.

Call a Professional

Carpet repairs can be difficult if you don’t have all the tools and equipment. Call Swift Flooring Services to help repair carpet tears, holes and burns.  If you’ve had a flood we are the Oklahoma City experts on water damanage.  Call Us Today…(405) 887-9438.