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11th March
2013
written by Ian Terry
Carpet Pattern, Lounge Floor, Sofa Photo

Save your furniture!

With the cost of carpets these days, the idea of visible damage on part of a carpet is pretty horrifying. Even if the affected area is relatively small, it might be a blemish that stands out. And anyone who’s owned a carpet will know – that damage is the first thing you see whenever you walk into that room. Even if people tell you differently, you’ll be sure it’s the same spot everyone will see.

Let’s imagine it’s a wall-to-wall off-white carpet with a lovely, soft pile. Typically, within a week of the carpet going down, something will mark it. It’s just a matter of how well you try to get that mark up. Often, you’ll be quick enough and thorough enough to make sure the mark is gone.

But one day, inevitably, there will be a mark that just won’t come out. It will be there for all to see in a place where you can’t simply cover it with a piece of furniture. It’s an off-white carpet, so it’s probably going to be a stain in heavy contrast – most likely, red wine. When the horror of it finally passes from your mind, you will probably consider the inevitability of one day pulling the whole carpet up and starting again.

Other mishaps can happen that potentially seem even worse than a stain. When furniture and other heavy objects need to be moved around the room, it can be surprisingly easy to drag something across the surface of the carpet, sometimes raking into the pile. This can result in scuff damage or, even worse, a complete tear. Likewise, carpets pulled near their edges may begin to tear themselves away from fixings such as carpet grippers, resulting in a dramatic ripping noise as the carpet literally tears apart.

Yet as horrible as these scenarios appear to be, all is not lost. That prized carpet doesn’t need to be pulled up, because it’s entirely possible to render a perfectly adequate repair to the affected area, so long as you have remnants of the carpet left from when it was fitted, or can find a sample section of a suitable replacement (as a tip, this is why you might want to keep some of the off-cuts next time you have a carpet fitted).

If you’re dealing with a stain, find an object such as a jar, can or pot that will be large enough to surround the damaged area. Press this into the spare piece of carpet to make a circle shape in the pile, then use a sharp craft knife or carpet knife to cut out the circle from the carpet section. Then carefully cut out the damaged area of the main carpet; in the hole that’s left, delicately fix double-sided carpet tape. This can be a tricky job as the tape is very sticky – the trick is to just take your time and don’t do it in a rush.

Then, making sure you match the direction of the pile, insert the circle you cut from the spare piece of carpet into the hole you’ve made, pressing down firmly so that the new piece bonds to the tape. Finally, brush the joined edges so the pile matches then weigh the area down with books for a couple of days. When you’re done, the repair should be next to impossible to spot!

You can use the same principle to fix a torn piece of carpet, although you might need to find something larger to make your template (perhaps a biscuit tin), or instead carefully measure the area as a rectangle around the damaged spot. Cut a matching rectangle from the spare carpet to affix with tape when you’ve cut the equivalent shape out of the damaged section.

Don’t worry if you don’t have any spare pieces of matching carpet, or you can’t locate a suitable substitute. Simply find a part of the carpet that’s covered by a large piece of furniture and remove a section from that area as your replacement bit. So long as you don’t have a major change-around, nobody will even know the hole is there.

The thought of carrying out your own repairs might fill you with more dread than the damage that’s already there! In which case, you’re going to have to find someone who can make the carpet repair for you. The good news is that your carpet can be fixed, so all you have to do is find the right tradesman to do the job for you.

This is where Directory Now can really help get the job done. By simply searching the free online directory for local tradesmen and specialists, you can find the expert you need, practically at your doorstep. Searching this way means you’re one click away from finding the right person for the job, right outside your door.

Ian Terry

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