Carpet Repair

Find out how to repair your carpets

Nothing is worse than a ripped or damaged carpet, especially if that carpet is brand new. Carpet rips and tears are a part of life in a busy home, and crushed carpet fibers and permanent stains are also par for the course. While carpet damage may discourage you, rest easy: carpet repair services can make your carpet look as good as new for an affordable price.

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Carpet Repair Tips

There are two ways to fix a damaged carpet: do-it-yourself carpet repair, or professional carpet repair. If you choose the DIY method, you will need proper tools, including a carpet seam sealer, seam tape and an iron, a power stretcher and a tackless strip. If you're not sure how to use any of these tools, then you probably shouldn't be trying to repair carpet on your own. Call a professional instead.

Carpet repair kits are also available for do-it-yourselfers. These kits include all the hand tools you will need to repair minor carpet tears, rips and stains.

If you do know what you're doing, start by testing your work in an out-of-the-way area, like a closet or a corner of your basement. That way, if you make a mistake, it won't be detectable. Check online for detailed carpet repair instructions or call a carpet store. Repairing a rip doesn't take long, but you do have to release the tension of the carpet and know exactly where to cut. Keep a few spare pieces of carpet handy for repairing bad rips and tears.

Berber carpet repair is completely different than regular carpet repair and should only be performed by a professional. If you've never repaired a carpet, it's recommended that you get someone with specialized knowledge to fix stains or damage. Your carpet is an investment, and ruining it by fixing it the wrong way just means more money down the drain.

If you do decide to go with a carpet repair specialist, get a referral, just as you would with a carpet cleaning professional. Ensure that you get a detailed explanation of the necessary repairs and an estimate before you go ahead with any job.