Homeowners seeking out carpet cleaning redondo beach may find they have bigger issues than just a dirty fibers. Their carpet might have significant stains or other damage that might not have been visible until closer examination.
If this sounds familiar you may be wondering what options you have to make the necessary repairs. Luckily, if the damage is limited to one small area you can “patch” it. The next thing you may be asking yourself is how to patch carpet. Don’t worry, we’re going to walk you through the basics of it all. The best part is, this is an easy thing to do on your own.
Assess the Damage
Before you get to work, you need to figure out if patching is actually going to do the trick. Some damage is easily rectified through this method than others and the size of the area will determine whether you should patch the spot or if putting in all new carpet is the best option instead.
Patching is meant to be just that – a patch to take care of small damage. You may notice a tiny stain that just won’t come out, perhaps you find a cigarette burn, a well-worn portion where the fibers are missing, anything really that is minute but recognizable enough to the naked eye that it needs to be fixed.
That’s where patching comes in. Any damage that is limited to about a one to two square foot radius and it’s the only visible blemish on the entire carpet in that room, then you can easily remove the offending material and replace it with a patch of the same carpet. Since the area is so small, you won’t be able to tell that part of the carpet was cut out and filled back in.
Just keep in mind, the patch will be noticeable upon extreme scrutiny as it’s nearly impossible to conceal the seams of the filled in carpet. But the smaller the damage, the less likely it will be noticed by anyone.
Now let’s show you how to patch carpet and rid your home of unsightly stains and damage!
Secure a Remnant
The goal here is to replace a part of your carpet with new carpet. This means you need to find the identical type from which to make a patch and that means tracking down some remnants from when the carpet was originally installed. If that was something like three or four years ago, chances are you may not have any extra pieces lying around anymore.
If that’s the case, try to find a small area of your existing carpet that no one sees, perhaps in a closet or some other hard to reach area. Worse comes to worse, try to get a sample remnant from the carpet store.
Cut the Patch
Grab an empty (and clean) soup can or some other hard item with a round or square shape that you can place over the damaged area. If it covers the stain or damage completely, use that to measure out your patch. Place the can over the remnant and cut along the outer edge until you have your patch.
Measure the Damaged Spot
Take that same item, place it over the damage like you did in the previous step. Now trace around the edge with a pen or thin marker on your carpet. You should choose something that you can wash out, just in case.
Trim the Damage
Using a sharp x-acto knife or similar type of blade, cut along the traced outline around the damage on the carpet. You want to make sure you’re not removing too much material, but just enough so that you can get into the hole and lay down some carpet tape and the patch will be sufficient enough to close the hole once you’re done.
That’s why you must use the same item when you cut both the remnant and your carpet.
Pull out the Damaged Carpet
Tear it right out from the area of the carpet so that you leave behind a hole where you can see padding that’s been laid down underneath. Then you want to affix the carpet tape inside the hole that was left behind.
Be thorough in laying down enough tape while taking care not to let any of it stick up around the edges once you insert the patch.
Insert the Patch
Stick the patch into the hole and be careful about the direction in which the fibers lean. You may need to turn the patch until it matches the rest of the carpet texture perfectly. Once you’re satisfied with how it looks, press it down hard so that it is seated evenly in the hole and on the carpet tape.
Comb and Clip the Fibers
Blend the fibers of the patch and the carpet so that the seams are concealed as best you can. Clip any fibers that might stick up and reveal the seams. A comb and scissors are both helpful for accomplishing this.