Carpet Repair Patch For Damaged Carpet

A carpet repair patch is among the most common carpet repair that we do. There are so many little things that can cause damage to a carpet. Often, the small damaged area doesn’t justify replacing the whole room of carpet. Still, it causes enough unsightly damage that you want it fixed.

Some examples of common damage to carpet that a patch can fix are:

  1. Your pet digging a hole in your carpet
  2. Hot embers popping out of the fireplace
  3. A sharp edge on a piece of furniture that catches as you drag it
  4. Etc.

Regardless of the cause of the carpet damage, the good news is that carpet repair patches are often a good fix.

Patching Damaged Carpet

Finding the Matching Carpet to Take a Patch From

In order to successfully patch carpet, you need to have a matching piece of carpet available. This can come from a few different places.

A Leftover Carpet Remnant

Often times a matching carpet remnant is left behind at the time of the original carpet installation. This extra carpet piece is perfect for pulling a patch from. It’s also why many good installers leave small areas of carpeting behind.

Otherwise, if no matching carpet is available, a matching patch will have to be taken from elsewhere to replace the damaged piece.

Taking a Matching Patch From Existing Carpet

When a carpet remnant isn’t available, we like to cut the carpet patch from a discrete area. Often a good spot is the carpet behind a closet door. Sometimes carpet under a low shelf where it isn’t highly visible works as well.

There is a caveat with this approach. Usually this piece of carpet hasn’t seen much foot traffic compared to the area around the damaged section. 

Different Carpet Wear Levels

There is one downside when you patch carpet from a low traffic area to a high traffic area. When carpet has been used for a while, often you’ll have visible differences.

The carpet fibers of the new patch compared to the surrounding carpet may be different. This can result in a not entirely uniform appearance.

Yes, the patch is going to look better than the damaged area. It might not be entirely uniform in color or pile height, however.

Another Potential Source for the Carpet Patch

Sometimes, if we are also stretching the carpet, we will have an adequate amount of excess carpet left over.  A small section of carpet is usually left over. This comes from where we trimmed off the edges with a utility knife after stretching.

This isn’t always an option. It depends a lot on the size of the patch to be installed. It also depends on what the edge of the hole looks like.

Carpet patching repair on berber carpet

How We Patch Carpet

At a high level, we patch carpet by cutting out the damaged area with a very sharp razor blade. From there, we cut a matching patch of the exact size.

Next, we use a special tool called a Koolglide iron. This tool activates a magnetic carpet tape from beneath the carpet. 

This tool doesn’t leave a mess on the carpet or carpet pad. Old irons and double sided tape and glue often left a mess. It also holds tighter, making a permanent carpet repair.

Different Carpet Repair Patching Sizes and Shapes

The art in carpet repair patches definitely comes to dealing with irregular shapes and sizes.

Cookie Cutter Carpet Repair Tool for Small Carpet Repairs

Small patches can often be done with what we call a “cookie cutter” tool.

This is a 4” circular tool that looks a whole lot like a cookie cutter. The key difference is that it contains a razor blade.

The tool is rotated in a twisting motion to pull out a perfect 4” circle of matched carpet. This can then be grafted into another perfectly cut circle around the small damaged area requiring a carpet repair patch.

Patching Carpet Repair

Larger Carpet Repairs

Larger carpet repair patches usually involve cutting out a rectangle or square around the damaged area. Next, the carpet repair patch is cut from a matched piece of carpet.

Last, we use the magnetic tape and tool mentioned before. When done, the patch is permanently affixed back into the area where the damaged carpet was pulled from.

This could apply to any damage larger than a few inches, to a patching a damaged area multiple feet across.

large carpet patch

Other Carpet Repairs

Of course, carpet repair patches are only one segment of the overall category of carpet stretching and repairs. Regardless of your needs, we’d be happy to chat with you about your project and provide a quote. We service the Greater Denver Area.

Give us a call or book an appointment online.

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Can Carpet Be Stretched Without Moving Furniture

When we’re discussing carpet stretching with our customers, they commonly want to know if you can you stretch the carpet in a room when there is furniture in it. More often than not, the answer is “yes you can”. Even when it’s not, we have some creative workarounds.

Factors that Impact Moving Furniture for Carpet Stretching or Not

There are a few important factors to deciding whether we can stretch the carpet with furniture present in the room. These typically include the following, which we will dive deeper into later in this article

  • What quantity of furniture is there?
  • How heavy is the furniture?
  • How big are the furniture pieces?
  • Where is the furniture located in the room?

How Carpet Stretching Works

Before deciding whether we can stretch an area of carpet with furniture on it, it’s helpful to understand what carpet stretching actually is and what it accomplishes. Customers want to get their carpet stretched when it develops wrinkles or buckling.

To stretch a room of carpet, we first have to pull up the carpet off of the tack strips. Then we use a combination of tools, most important of which is a Power Stretcher.

A power stretcher consists of a series of long poles that brace off of an opposite wall. At the working end of the tool is a large lever that grips the carpet. 

Using leverage, we can re-tension the carpet.Professional carpet stretching is a combination of skill and art to do it right. Once the carpet is properly taut, we cut the excess with a utility knife.

We then use a knee kicker to attach the carpet to tack strips that hold the carpet down. Then we tuck it securely against the wall. This completes the carpet repair.

Stretching Carpet in a room

Whether to Move Furniture or Not

At the end of the day, we want to properly stretch your carpet so that you do it once and never have to do it again. In order to do this, it’s all about achieving the right tension and about adequately distributing that tension across the whole area of carpet.

At the same time, we have to be careful to make sure that we don’t cause the carpet to rip at the seams.

Moving large furniture for carpet stretching

Heavy Single Pieces of Furniture

If we can’t achieve that desired tension across the room, or there is a particularly heavy object, we can’t achieve ideal results. The weight of the furniture can potentially cause uneven carpet stretching results.

For example, if our customer has a 500 pound piano, sleigh bed, exercise equipment or pool table in the middle of the room we are trying to stretch the carpet in, this will likely be a problem. Similarly, things like entertainment centers can pose a challenge.

As hard as we try stretch the carpet past extremely heavy items, the large piece of furniture is going to prevent us from stretching the carpet behind the heavy item. The result would be that we are only able to effectively stretch a portion of the room from that direction.

In these circumstances, its usually best to move the heavy piece of furniture when stretching the carpet.

 

Large Piece of Furniture

While heavy items can be a problem, so too can a significant amount of furniture or large pieces of furniture.

Big furniture items, like a sectional sofa, can make it difficult to know what the condition of the carpet underneath it is. They also can present a challenge in stretching around it because of how much of the room it blocks.

Significant Amounts of Furniture

Trying to stretch carpet in a room filled with a lot of furniture can be tricky to maneuver around. Delicate items like vases and lamps should always be moved to keep them from being knocked over or damaged.

Beyond delicate items, it also makes life easier to move small items like chairs or side tables etc. The fewer items in a room, the easier it is to achieve using the power stretcher from multiple angles to achieve the best stretching.

What to do About Moving Furniture

Often times it’s not feasible for homeowners to move their large pieces of furniture themselves. We bring furniture glides as well as lifting equipment to help.

Sometimes it’s a bit of a juggle, but these allow heavy items to be moved from one side of the room to the other with relative ease.

Depending on how much furniture we need to move, there may be an additional cost to move it.

Whatever you can get out of the way (at the minimum try to move all of the small and/or delicate items) before we arrive, the less expensive the service will be and the better the final stretch will be.

Get in Touch

If you still have questions around can carpet be stretched without moving furniture or if you’d like to book an appointment with us, please give us a call or book an appointment online. We service the greater Denver area.

Or Call: 1-720-233-0761

What Caused my Carpet to Buckle?

Carpet Buckling and Ripples

Carpet buckling is a common problem that you’ve probably seen before. There are a number of factors that contribute to carpet developing buckling or ripples. This article will explore some of the common causes for carpet wrinkling of all sorts. We’ll also look at what you can do about it.

What caused my carpet to buckle

Poor Installation Leading to Carpet Buckling

Here in Denver, improperly installed wall to wall carpet seems to be far too common. Improper carpet installation can often leave the carpet loose and improperly stretched. The result is carpet rippling and buckling.

We see this a lot in new home builds. Subcontractors are rushing to finish jobs and they speed through a carpet installation using the improper tools. Often, this means they skip using a power stretcher. This is necessary to properly tension the carpet, but takes more time.

Proper carpet installation requires using a power stretcher to pull the carpet tight. Only then should a knee-kicker be used to place the carpet onto tack strips to hold the carpet securely against the wall.  

Initially the installation may look fine, but over time with other stressed placed on the carpet, carpet buckling or rippling starts to occur.

 

Improper Carpet Cleaning

Unfortunately there are plenty of inexperienced carpet cleaning companies, or those using beat up old equipment. These companies may apply too much water to a carpet. Or they may not properly extract the water.

Carpet buckling occurs soon after the cleaning. Similarly, when someone rents a DIY carpet cleaner and drowns their carpet, carpet ripples can occur.

Any time over-wetting of the carpet takes place, expect to see carpet ripples or buckles. The good news? Normally this is a temporary condition that can be fixed with proper drying.

Which Carpets?

Certain carpets are also more susceptible to buckling or wrinkling. Usually old carpets that have stretched out over time or carpets that have been improperly installed are more likely to buckle when the are hit with steam cleaning (AKA hot water extraction).

Typically if your carpet buckles after carpet cleaning, its best to wait 24-48 hours and 99 times out of 100 it will go back to it’s normal appearance.

Here’s the caveat: if the carpet was left drenched and is still not dry the next day, call your carpet cleaning company (or a different one). You’ll want to discuss why the carpet is still wet as well as options to get it dried out quickly.

Carpet Damage or Delamination

It’s not incredibly common with modern carpet mills manufacturing carpet, but warranties exist for a reason. If your new(ish) carpet is buckling, there is a chance that there is a manufacturing defect.

Typical carpet has a primary and secondary backing. When delamination occurs, the backings can separate. This is due to the latex adhesive that holds everything together breaking down. The result? You guessed it… carpet rippling or buckling.

Overwetting the carpet (think a flooded basement) or manufacturing defects can cause delamination. Normally, if you suspect that there is a manufacturing defect, you’ll need to contact the retailer and/or an independent certified carpet inspector to check things out.

Another consideration is delamination due to solutions applied to the carpet that have caused damage. Acetone, for example, is frequently applied to carpet, though it really shouldn’t be.

Unless it’s quickly rinsed out of carpet, acetone and other harsh chemicals can cause the carpet to delaminate. This often leads to buckling, wrinkling, or ripples in the carpet.

tan carpet buckling

Dragging Something Heavy Across the Carpet

Whenever possible, it’s best to lift and move heavy furniture, not drag it. Dragging heavy items over carpet can easily cause the carpet to buckle. It can also pull the carpet off of the tack strips that attach it to the wall.

Another consideration is that when you drag anything over a carpet, it can snag and pull a carpet run. We’ve even been called to offices where people drag filing cabinets and desks over commercial carpet. This resulted in permanent “burned in” lines drawn all over the office, leaving the occupants with no choice but to replace the entire carpet.

To avoid these issues, get plenty of help with moving heavy furniture.

 

humidity sweat on person's face

Humidity and Seasonal Changes can Create Carpet Rippling

While we don’t see this much in Denver, due to our arid climate, in more humid environments, seasonal changes can bring with it rippling carpets. As we discussed in bullet point number 2, too much moisture in carpet can cause it to buckle and wrinkle.

High humidity can inject too much water into the carpet, causing it to relax. As the humidity lessens, the carpet will likely return to its normal shape again. If it doesn’t, a dehumidifier can be a good choice to fix the problem.

In the world of carpet cleaning, when carpet is too wet, fans and dehumidifiers are used to reduce the humidity. In the case of moisture related carpet buckling, this can be an effective fix.

Your Carpet is Old and Worn Out

Carpets have a useful life. Once that useful life is exceeded, all bets are off. Sometimes a carpet with a 10 year useful life that is properly maintained and professionally cleaned at proper intervals can last 20 years. Other times, it’s ready to be ripped and replaced at 10.

The older a carpet is, the more likely it is that it’s going to buckle. Over longer periods of time, the latex and backing in carpets can begin to relax, allowing the carpet to ripple. Depending on the age and condition of the carpet, sometimes it makes more sense to replace the carpet instead of trying to salvage it.

A professional opinion will help make the decision for you. We’re carpet experts in Denver, if you have specific questions or if there is anything we can help with please don’t hesitate to reach out.

What to do When Your Carpet Buckles?

Typically when you have bumps, wrinkles and ripples in your carpet, its time to call the professionals to stretch the carpet. Stretching the carpet properly, using a power stretcher along with the right know-how, should eliminate your issues.

A professional is going to use the right tools to properly tension the carpet, cut off the excess, reattach the carpet to the tack strips, and tuck away the excess material. Done right, your carpet buckling and ripples will be gone.

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