Berber Carpet Repair
You invest a lot in your home. Your Berber carpet is part of that investment. If you've made it here, you're probably pretty upset because you are being forced to spend time doing something you would rather not deal with: Berber carpet repair. All varieties of carpets have their vices when it comes to maintaining their original beauty. Berber carpets major repair problems include the following: snags, dents, burns, and stains. We know those viewing this site because their Berber carpet is damaged probably don’t want to be reminded, but prevention is the best medicine. With that said, you didn't’t come here to learn about prevention. You came to learn about Berber carpet repair, so that’s what we’re going to teach you (after one paragraph).
We could go on and on about prevention, but we are going to save you the lecture. Maybe someday we'll make it its own page. For now, we're going to give you a short-as-possible summary of some of the key things to do to prevent the need for Berber carpet repair in the first place, or at least lessen the hassle of it. First, if there is any chance that you will someday be moving furniture, make a habit of shifting the furniture’s’ position every so often. This will help reduce irreversible flattening of the carpet. To prevent carpet snags, don’t use a rotating brush when vacuuming. As far as burns and stains go, accidents happen. Nevertheless, it does help to keep the extra Berber carpet around for repairs. Otherwise, you'll have great difficulty with pattern matching.
Consumer Alert: Proceed with the following steps in caution. You may have insurance or a warranty that affects your carpet. Attempting to repair your carpet may void any guarantees. While the following tips are intended to help you in repairing Berber carpet, it is possible when doing any repair work to do further damage. If you are not confident with any of the following procedures, call a professional and the risk will be on their dime.
Snags are one of the few repair jobs that are unique to Berber and other looped carpets. Repairing a snag in your Berber carpet is fairly easy. However, it important to take action immediately and not let the snag progress. Hopefully, your snag is not a unraveling tear across the carpet. Unraveling is likely to occur if the snag is not repaired.
There are two ways to repair Berber carpet after a snag occurs. The easiest is to take a pair of scissors and cut the snag. If you get the cut low enough, it should help prevent catching of the snag to create a tear. Nevertheless, it is a better idea to cut the snag almost to the base of the carpet. Then, take a glue gun and glue the loose end to the base of the carpet. By doing so, the carpet can no longer unravel, preventing the damage from getting any worse.
Dents, or "crushing", are most common in olefin and polyester Berber carpet. It occurs when the fibers get bent down. This is common when furniture has been on top of the carpet for an extended period of time. If the denting is extensive, there is a chance the carpet will never return to its normal shape. Sometimes giving the crushed carpet time will allow it to regain its shape. To accelerate the Berber carpet’s repair, complete the following steps:
Get the crushed carpet damp. You can do this by either rubbing an ice cub on the area or by using the steam from an iron (DO NOT iron the carpet, just steam it from the air). Next, take a fork and rub the side of the fork back and forth on the damaged carpet. This should being the reshaping process. Next you can take the bottom of the form and very lightly twirl it around the carpet. Make sure to not use excessive force. Be careful with this process. There's the chance of further damaging your carpet. If you're uncomfortable with any of the above steps, call a professional and ask them to help you.
If you ever have the misfortune of getting a burn or other type of irreversible damage in your carpet, you'll be thanking yourself for saving that extra Berber carpet under the couch or in the closet. Now is the time to pull it out. This is another reason is it important to buy about 20% extra Berber carpet (see the pricing section). Repairing Berber carpet can be difficult due to the intricate colors and patterns. You’ll need to search your extra carpet for a section that matches (or is similar to) the area to be repaired.
Next, take a carpet cutter and cut out the damaged piece of carpet. Use the removed carpet as a stencil to draw and cut out a piece from the unused piece of your carpet. Put some carpet glue on the backing of the carpet. Glue the carpet down to the padding (try to make sure the pile is going in the same direction). Wait a day before walking or vacuuming this area.
Berber carpet is known for its stain resistance. Quickly blotting up a spilled drink or animal urine with a dry cloth greatly reduces the chances of it leaving a stain. If it does leave a stain, you can take the following steps to remove it yourself:
Take a cup of hot water and poor it on the dried stain. Only poor enough water to make the stain damp. Excess water can hinder the stain removal process. Blot the stain with a dry cloth. Next, take a carpet stain removing product (make sure it is OK with your carpet manufacturer) and follow the instructions on the bottle. If this process doesn't work, you can always call your local carpet cleaning professional to take care of it.
Repair with Caution
As stated previously, repair your carpet with caution. You may have insurance or a warranty that covers damage to your carpet. Trying to repair it yourself may void such guarantees. Also, it's possible to make the damage worse when attempting a repair--no one wants that headache. If you are confident in your ability to execute the necessary carpet repairing procedures, these tips can help you with almost any Berber carpet repair job.