Carpet patching is one of the most important tasks that is faced by every homeowner. Usually the carpets are ruined due to spilling of food and drinks, cigarette burns and other small and large mishaps, which makes it necessary in removal of the section in order to repair the damages. The task of patching a damaged carpet is easy and requires not more than a few simple supplies along with some of your precious time.
Using a Patch Repair Kit With Adhesive Disks
- Step 1 – Start with measuring the damage area of the carpet. With the help of a measuring tape, measure the area of damage caused to the carpet. This will help you in identification of the patch that is required to be extracted from the surrounding carpet. Prior measurement of the area of damage will help you in cutting the replacement pad according to the size.
- Step 2 – Next tape off the area that requires to be removed. With the help of duct tape in outline the square section that has to be removed. Check the position of the tape with the measurements taken before. This is done in order to make sure the inside edge of the tape matches with the dimensions. Try to cut the replacement carpet from a hidden region such as those present inside the closet or under the bed. Keeping an extra carpet in your attic is another method that will help you while you are replacing the damaged patches.
- Step 3 – Now remove the damaged section of the carpet with the help of a utility knife or a carpet-cutting tool. Cut gently along the lines of the inside edge of the duct tape. Apply enough pressure to cut through both the surfaces of the carpet as well as the backing. Remember not to damage the underlying layer of padding while applying pressure. After the section has been cut off, lift it off from the surface of the carpet. While working with a carpet-cutting tool, use the tool to make an imprint. After the imprint has been made, attach the blades of the cutter and the pivot screw, make incision and then rotating it for a couple of times in order to remove them.
- Step 4 – Now measure and cut the patch for replacement. You will have to turn the remnant face of the carpet downwards and then measure a patch for carpeting. Use the measurements that you have obtained earlier as a guideline. Mark the liens of the patch with a pencil and use a utility knife to cut out the patch.
- Step 5 – Then prepare the carpeting for receiving the patch. You will first need to neutralize the disk temporarily by applying a small amount of water on it. Lift up the edges of the carpeting around the hole and slide the adhesive disk underneath. Remember the adhesive side should face upwards. Make sure that the disk is larger than the patch used as replacement. When the patch becomes sticky in three to five minutes press down the outer edge of the carpet. This will help in securing the carpet back to place.
- Step 6 – Move the carpet patch into the position and groom away any loose fibers present at the edge of the hole. Check it before application of the glue and put down a thin layer of carpet glue along the edges of the adhesive disk. Place the patch into the hole. Take care to make sure that the fit is even and snug. Lightly press and allow the backing on the patch to encounter the underlying tape, adhering to it properly.
Align the patch accordingly so that the direction of the fibers in the patch match the direction of the entire carpet. You will have to position the patch in about 15 minutes, aligning the patch perfectly before the glue sets in. anchor your patch in place permanently. Remember, these actions need to be done very quickly, else the carpet would destroy.
- Step 7 – Lastly, smooth the pile of the carpeting in order to hide the seams of the patch. Depending on the type of pile, this needs to be accomplished by brushing the fingers around the perimeter of the patch to move in the same direction as the rest of the pile of the carpet. You can also vacuum the section with the help of an alligator attachment to lift up the pile.
Using a Patch Repair Kit With Heat
- Step 1 – First, you need to measure the damaged area of the carpeting. Determine the size of the carpet that requires to be cut out in a circular or rectangular replacement patch too fill the area in. Rectangular patches can be cut with the help of a utility knife, while the circular patches are cut with circular shaped carpet cutter.
- Step 2 – Next, remove the damaged section of the carpeting and use a carpet-cutting tool in order to cut out the carpet gently. Apply enough pressure to cut through both the surface of the carpet as well as the backing, but not enough to damage the underlying layer of padding. Once the section is completely cut, lift off the surface of the carpet. You might want to save the damaged section in case you require patching a smaller area that can be cut from the section.
- Step 3 – Now measure and cut off the patch for replacement. Turn down the remnant face of the carpet and measure the patch for carpeting, using the measurements that you have obtained earlier as a guideline. You can also remove a piece of carpeting from a hidden spot such as those present under a closet. Mark the lines of the patch with a pencil and use a utility knife or carpet knife to cut out the patch.
- Step 4 – Wet the patch pad of the carpet as they are used to iron on specially made adhesive disks that are activated with application of heat. Your carpet patch might be aluminum side on the top and contain other materials at the bottom. You will need to wet the carpet patch pad under water and wring out the excess. Remember the pad should just be damp and not dripping.
- Step 5 – Now slide the adhesive pad underneath the cut out carpet and place it in the center. Ensure that the adhesive pad is adequately larger compared to the patch, specially designed for heat application and center for even distribution. Remember to smooth out any of the wrinkles on the carpet.
- Step 6 – Now place the replacement patch onto the adhesive disk, go over the patch with the help of a carpet brush and remove all the loose fibers form it. Make sure that the direction of the fibers of the carpet and the replacement patch matches.
- Step 7 – Now place the patch pad on top if the patch keeping the aluminum side facing upwards. Remember that the pad should be placed at the center and know the exact location of the pad underneath.
- Step 8 – With the use of an iron, setting it on high heat the patch pad for a minute. Press the iron down so that the heat transfers from the pad to the patch placed underneath the carpet. Remember the adhesive pad activates only when it has been heated.
You will hear a slight sizzling sound when the iron touches the patch pad. This is because the water reacts to the heat. If the patch is bigger, go over the different spots of the patch with iron. This would be enough to cover the entire patch.
- Step 9 – Lastly, remove the iron from the patch pad, and let the area to cool down. The glue on the adhesive pad that would not dry until the carpet has completely cooled down. Go over the patch with the help of a carpet brush and remove any of the loose fibers from the edge of the carpet.
To Get The Services On Call
Carpet patching is both an art and a science. At SK Cleaning Services a renowned carpet repair company, the customers want the most common carpet damage repair. People mostly call us for patching that need to be done due to tears, spilling of food and burns.
For effective and professional carpet patch repair, you need to understand and have knowledge about the different layers of carpet. There are cases when you will not be able to understand the exact measurements and layering of the carpet. We provide hassle-free same day carpet repair services so that you do not have to wait for days for repairing of the carpet. Remember we are just a call away from attending and saving your beautiful carpet from further damage.