Professional Carpet Repair Tips
How often you need to repair your carpet depends on how much traffic it receives and the location of the carpet in your home. Depending on the location of your carpet it can get burns, crushing, fading, furniture indentations, bleeding and sprouting, all of which requires action if you want your carpet to last a lifetime.
Most of the time, you can do a repair job without needing a professional, although we recommend you call a professional like A Personal Touch Carpet Cleaning if you experience any of these problems with your carpets or rugs.
Burns occur when a flame or other heat source comes in contact with the carpet. If the burn is small, the burnt fibers of the carpet can be cut out with scissors. If the burn is large, you’ll need to replace the area with a new piece of carpet. You can do this yourself if you know how, or have an installer do it.
This occurs when loose fibers come out on the edges of the carpet. To fix this, simply trim the fibers that are sticking out of the edges. This will remove the fuzzing and clean up the carpet edges.
Heavy furniture can result in indentations being left on the carpet. To get rid of these furniture marks, you can sprinkle your carpet with some club soda, place a towel over the area, then iron it on a low setting. Do this a couple of times and you will see your carpet begin to re-fluff.
Shading, crushing, and matting
Heavy traffic on the surface of the carpet may cause it to flatten, which can cause your carpet to look worn and dirty. If this happens, you should brush and vacuum the area. If you can’t fix the problem, you may need to hire a professional to come and clean your carpets or rugs.
Shedding and snagging
Shedding is a natural result of heavy traffic or usage of the carpet and is not considered a defect. All carpet sheds naturally to an extent. Start by vacuuming the area to clean up the sheds. You should never pull on snags because they are loops and can pull out more carpet than what is showing if you tug on it. Instead cut the snags off neatly with a pair of scissors.
A carpet is known to have sprouts only when there are tufts on it, which are longer than the rest. As pulling on them will only damage the carpet more, you should trim them off with scissors and level them down to the rest of the pile.
This depends on the carpet material, construction, and padding. Humidity will play an important role as the moisture in the air is absorbed by the carpet fibers. A humidifier will help to retain moisture, and you can also spray the surface of the carpet with an anti-static agent to help reduce the amount of static electricity.
Bleeding of the carpet is the loss or transfer of the color from one section to another. Good underlayment such as padding, can help to prevent some of the bleeding. To avoid this, simply avoid getting your carpet wet.