If your carpet has an embarrassing burn hole or stubborn stain that's clearly visible unless you cover it with a rug, you may want to call a carpet repair service to patch the damaged area. By removing the damage and putting in a patch, the hole or stain is gone, and you won't have to worry about an unsightly carpet. Plus, patching only costs a fraction of the cost of replacing the carpet. Here's an overview of the process.
Find A Patch That Matches
Finding a patch that matches might be difficult. Even if the pile or color is off just a little, the patch will stand out and look just as bad as the damage. If you have remnants left over from when your carpet was installed, you can use those. You might even find the exact carpet as yours at a carpet store so you can buy a piece of new carpet for the patch.
Another option to consider is to create a patch from your existing carpet. You might take the patch from under a bed or other area that's not noticeable. Then, you can put a remnant patch of a similar color under the bed to close the hole you made. Since no one can see it, it won't matter if the patch under your bed doesn't blend in.
Cut Out The Damaged Area
Carpet is easy to cut with a utility knife or carpet cutting tool. If the hole is small, the carpet repair service might use a circular cutting tool to remove the damaged area and a border around it. The same tool can be used to cut out the patch, and this ensures the patch is an exact size match. If the damaged area is cut out by hand, it's important to make straight lines and also cut the patch with precise lines so the patch fits in the hole perfectly.
Adhere The Patch
The patch is held down using glue or seam tape. The carpet repair service may use heated seam tape to ensure the patch stays put. This involves placing the tape under the seams along the patch and heating it with a carpet seaming iron so the patch, carpet, and tape fuse together.
Blend In The Patch
The final step is to blend in the patch by trimming loose fibers and using a tool that rakes the fibers so they mix together along the seams. The patch will be invisible, although there may be a slight color difference until the patch shows wear like the rest of the carpet, which shouldn't take too long.