Quick Fixes for Snags in Carpet
It’s pretty common when vacuuming to notice little snags and pulled threads in your carpet. Particularly if you have kids, animals and even certain furniture that catches on the carpet and causes damage. Not to worry though!!! If you tend to it before it gets too bad, you can avoid costly repairs. If you’re confident in not doing extra damage, follow these hints and it will be like nothing happened.
Your emergency carpet repair kits requires:
- Sharp scissors
- Tape – plain masking tape is good as it is easy to remove without causing more damage
- Carpet adhesive that you can buy from a variety store like Big W or similar places
- Hot melt glue gun and glue sticks. Places like Spotlight or other craft shops will have these
- Weights to keep pressure while the glues and/or adhesives dry
First step is to look at the damage up close. If it’s a very small loop and there is no damage to the backing underlay, it is safe to cut the loose threads with a pair of sharp scissors. Make sure they are cut to the carpet surface or a bit below it.
If the damage is a bit more severe, you still don’t need to worry too much, it will just require a bit more effort.
Put masking tape (never packing tape or super-adhesive tapes that can cause greater damage!) around the damaged area for larger threads. This is for added protection to the surrounding edges of the damaged area. Adhesives will be used so you don’t want it to spread.
Gently dab a dot of carpet adhesive into the opening under the frayed area. Alternately you can use the hot glue gun to put the adhesive in.
Twist the carpet back into the carpet adhesive or hot glue. Press down firmly then allow the glue to dry. The glue or adhesive with have a time guide on the packaging. Set a weight of some sort on top of the area to keep it in place. It also makes it obvious to avoid standing on by accident.
Once the recommended drying time is up, remove the tape. If there are any raised threads that still remain, trim them down with the scissors.
Avoid vacuuming over the damaged area before repair. It is also good to wait bit longer before vacuuming after the repair, as the suction could undo all your hard work!
When you get Really Cheap Carpet Cleaning in to clean your carpets, it’s a good idea to let us know if you’ve recently had the carpet repaired so we can take extra care in that area. We are able to cater for most carpet cleaning needs in the greater Brisbane area, so why not contact us now?