Even when you try your best to keep your carpets in pristine condition, there still may come a time that an unexpected tear happens. No one wants to have to deal with a carpet tear but knowing your options in case you do end up needing this information is a good idea. The less time you have to spend researching fixes after your carpet is torn, the faster you can get it fixed.
There are some great tips for fixing a tear in your carpet that you can learn about now. If you never need them it’s great, but if you do need them you’ll be ready to go at a moment’s notice. If you’re wondering what you can do to fix a tear in your carpet at home, stick around. Here are some important tips on what you can do to help with your carpets cleaning and restoration.
Small Tear? Use Tape.
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Okay so obviously you’re going to need a special kind of tape. You won’t be able to repair your carpet with just masking tape and duct tape wouldn’t look all that great, would it? But there are special kinds of tape you can use to repair smaller tears easily.
They are especially effective for tears that are caused by things like moving furniture instead of something like the family pet scratching a hole in the carpet. Basically, you’d want to use this method if your tear is pretty much a straight line but not if the tear is more like a hole
You’ll need to grab some seam tape at the store. You can use heat activated seam tape or regular latex seam tape, although it’s possible you will get better more permanent results with heat activated tape. You’ll also need to make sure you have an iron and a flat implement to slip under the carpeting like a utility knife or a ruler.
Lift the tear gently and push it back as far as it will naturally allow you to do so. If it’s very small or very thin you might have to cut it just a bit with your utility knife to get the tape underneath the carpet. Slip the seam tape under your carpet making sure it is going to hold both sides of the tear together. You don’t want it too far to one side or the other.
After you’ve pushed the carpeting back and placed the tape down you can either push the carpeting back into place (latex seam tape only) or use your iron to heat the tape and push the carpeting back into the heat activated seam tape. Once you’ve let the carpeting settle a little you’ll want to cover up the seam you’ve created if the tear is somewhere highly noticeable.
This is actually pretty easy to do. Clip some pieces of your carpet from an area that isn’t as visible, like inside a closet. Use super glue and the fibers you’ve clipped to cover the seam you created with your tape. Once you do this you shouldn’t be able to see much of anything at all was even done to your carpet unless you’re staring right at the spot you repaired.
This is a pretty simple tip to use, and the tools needed are easy to acquire. Most hardware stores will have everything you need. You can even rent a specialized iron called a seam iron to activate the heat tape if you really want to go the extra mile. As long as your tear is pretty even and easy to separate this tip will work like a charm.
Large Hole? It’s Time To Do Some Patching.
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If the tear in your carpet is more of a large hole (like maybe from a pet scratching or digging at it) than a straight line it’s time to think about patching it up. You can use a remnant of your carpet or cut a piece from a less visible area like you read about in the prior tip. Make sure you’re cutting the piece you plan to use in the same shape and size of the hole you want to repair.
You’ll need a utility knife, your cut to size carpet patch, a tough material like a piece of burlap, and some carpet glue or super glue. Either glue option will work, but keep in mind you have more time to adjust or move around the patch a little bit if you use carpet glue. Super glue tends to set instantly and may not offer much forgiveness once it’s been placed.
Cut your piece of burlap (or similarly tough fabric material) about an inch longer than your hole on each side. Once you’ve cut the burlap (or other material) slide that under the carpet where you want to place your patch. Make sure your burlap is completely covered by each edge of the hole in the carpet.
The reason you’re doing this is to make sure your patch isn’t being adhered directly to the floorboards. Since you’ve cut the fabric larger than the hole itself you won’t have to worry about it slipping or scrunching up and moving under your patched piece of carpet.
Once you’ve put the burlap in place you can use carpet glue or super glue on both the piece of carpeting you’re placing in the hole and the burlap itself. Press the patch of carpet into place, but take a moment to make sure you’re matching up with the grain or pattern of the rest of the carpet. If you don’t match things up the patch will look extremely obvious and unsightly.
After you’ve gotten everything glued into place let it sit at least overnight before trying to clean or vacuum it. You can fluff the carpet up by ruffling it with your finger around the seams you’ve created to make it look less obvious. If you’ve followed the steps correctly and ensured you matched up the grain or pattern, no one should be able to see where you fixed your carpet.
There are ways to fix a tear in your carpet on your own so if you find that you do have a carpet tear to deal with you aren’t out of luck. Both methods mentioned here will work very well. There are also kits you can purchase at the store itself if you don’t want to cut your own remnants. If you opt to use a store kit make sure you follow their directions to the exact letter.
Every kit is a little different so even if you’ve used one before, don’t assume it’s the exact same procedure as last time. No matter how you choose to fix up that tear, the end results will probably look a lot better than you’re imaging as you stare at your ripped carpet right now.
Give it a day or two to settle in and you’ll likely not have to give it much thought ever again. Enjoy your newly fixed carpet.