Carpet Damage DIY repair NOT advised

Carpet damage from any cause most commonly requires the damaged area to be cut out and a bonded carpet patch inserted.  Carpet patching is best left to the professional for a satisfactory result that will last the life of the carpet.  Consideration is given to the:

  • Type of carpet
  • Age and quality of carpet - sun damaged areas delaminate the carpet and a larger area than the visible damage requires replacement
  • Type of damage - for example water damage can rot more of the underside of the carpet than the visible top damage; several cigarette burns in the one room are generally better patched individually that in one large patch
  • Size of the patch required - larger than a dinner plate size or A4 piece of paper and the patch will most likely be visible
  • Position of the damage within the room - patches towards the edge of a room are more successful, as the surrounding carpet is generally more similar in colour and wear to the spare carpet
  • Direction of the pile - the bonded patch needs the pile to run in the same direction as the surrounding carpet
  • Colour and pattern of the carpet - for a satisfactory result, the carpet patch is recommended to be from the original roll of installed carpet - most commonly sourced from the floor inside a builtin wardrobe or a carpet mat, when a spare piece of original carpet is not available

NOTE: Shade differences will occur as the area with the damage will have been exposed to general use and sunlight whereas the carpet patch has typically had no sun exposure.  This shade difference lessens significantly over 3-6 months.

DIY repairs are not advised as frayed edges and non waterproof backing make for a visible repair.  Fixing the unsuccessful DIY repair requires even more spare carpet and a larger patch than the original damaged area.

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