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Berber Carpet Repair

Berber Carpet Repair

Carpet snags are difficult to fix. Berber carpets are expensive, and it's more economical to repair a snag than to buy a new one. This article takes you through the steps of fixing your carpet.
HomeQuicks Staff
A Berber carpet is a great addition in any home as their natural weave complement any home decor. The unique weaving that is seen in the construction of these carpets were first done by the Berber tribes living in Northwestern Africa. They were made with camel hair or wool and were used as clothing to keep the tribes warm during the cold desert nights. Although wool and camel hair is still used, you can find many of these carpets made with materials like nylon and other synthetic weaves. These carpets are denser than others although they lack the depth of a plush carpet. The most distinctive feature is that they have a loop pile construction that is made of small tufts of fabric. Although they are very durable and do not wear out as much as other carpets, some snags, stains, and other damages are inevitable.

Repairing

For stains, you can use a mixture of baking soda with a bit of water and apply on the area. After a minute, blot the stain with a clean cloth or tissue. Make sure that the baking soda mixture is not too runny and that you do not pour too much of it on the stain. This could make the stain spread further, making it worse. If you have ink stains on your beautiful carpet, then the best cleaning tip is to just spritz the stain with hair spray and blot the area with a clean tissue.

If you have snags in your carpet, the best thing to do is to pull the snagged thread out gently and snip it at the base with a pair of sharp scissors. To prevent the thread from unraveling further, you can super glue the snagged thread to the base of the carpet. For slightly larger snags, first get down on your knees and carefully locate where the thread starts. Take a knitting needle and gently pull the weave next to the snag so that the snagged area is tightened. Repeat this procedure on all the adjoining areas of the snagged thread until the snag is repaired.

Bigger holes will need some more work. Since Berber carpet prices are quite high, you might consider salvaging your carpet by patching it. Choose an inconspicuous area of your carpet, like under your sofa or wardrobe. Now, cut out a piece from here, making sure that the dimensions are just large enough to fit over the hole. Place this piece under the hole, make sure that the direction of the weave of the patched piece matches that of the carpet, and glue it in place with a strong, transparent glue. Allow the glue to dry and brush the carpet to remove any dirt and debris.

It is always best to repair all snags in the carpet once you see them. Leaving it for another time will make the snag bigger, at which point it becomes difficult to fix. To make things easier, you can invest in carpet tiles instead of an expensive Berber carpet.
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