Buying carpets at home is a big investment. They add a sense of warmth and coziness and this is why you should make sure that they always stay in great condition. But sometimes this will be hard to do. Spills and burns happen and carpet damage can be inevitable.
Nevertheless, there are a few things that you can do to better deal with carpet damage. Some problems can be dealt with at home if it is not time for your annual cleaning appointment. In this article, we will tackle of the most common problems and how to deal with them at home.
Dealing with Wet Carpets:
If you are facing problems with your wet carpets then you’d better act fast. Water spills and broken pipes can cause a lot of damage. The faster you act, the better the results will be. This will prevent mold infection and the discoloration of your carpets.
First mark the soaked area and start to pull it off the tack strip. Continue doing this until you are able to fold it back. Later use fans over the wet section to make sure that it is completely dry. The carpet pad is like a sponge that will soak up with water. This must be replaced. Use a knife to scrape it off the floor or remove the staples.
When you think about replacing your carpet pad, the color doesn’t matter. You should just make sure that it is the same density and thickness. Now it is time to stick your carpet back to the tack strip. If you are dealing with a big area or your carpets have wrinkles, you might have to rent a power stretcher to restore and restretch the carpet.
Repairing Stains and Burns:
If you are dealing with a minor stain or burn then you can easily trim the ends of the fibers to remove the damage. Use a sharp pair of scissors to gently and precisely cut the damaged fibers. You don’t need to cut too much or too deep or your carpets will look ugly.
If you are dealing with a deeper spot then you might opt for replacing the fibers. Remove the damaged ones. Now cut some replacement fibers from a discrete area, like from behind a closet or behind a door. Next, you can use an adhesive to attach the new ones to the damaged area. Use a toothpick to apply the adhesive to avoid having the fibers stuck together.
Restoring Crushed Carpets:
A carpet can get crushed under the weight of heavy furniture. As a result, it will lose its plush and elegance but this can be easily fixed. You can easily restore the condition of crushed carpets using some water and a hair dryer. All you have to do is to wet the crushed fibers without soaking them then use the hair dryer to dry them. Brush them up with your hands to add some plush and volume.