Frayed and loose edges of carpets are a common problem in residential settings. Homeowners who experience this issue may be wondering what they can do to resolve the problem, short of having to replace the entire carpet.
The good news is that there are some steps you can take to resolve the problem and keep your carpet in good condition, even when you have pets or children who can do a lot of damage to your carpets (especially their edges).
Read on for some tips for fixing frayed carpets at the edges:
- Find your strays: Locate stray strands as soon as you can. If you know where the strays tend to be located or if you have a pet that tends to be rough on a particular area of the carpet, check those areas so you can resolve them as soon as possible.
- Trim long strands: If you have long strands that show up at the edges of your carpet, trim them with a pair of scissors. Never pull on the carpet thread in an attempt to pull it out, as this will unravel a longer piece of carpet and only worsen the damage. Trimming it will prevent the damage from worsening and also remove a source of temptation for children or pets.
- Remove baseboards: In areas that have sustained quite a bit of damage or where the carpet has been pulled back or bunched up, remove the baseboards or any carpet edging you have. You can then flatten the carpet back out, put it into place using carpet tacks and place the baseboards or edging back on. You’ll be amazed at how much of a difference this can make, both in terms of aesthetics and in terms of preventing damage.
- Adhesive: You can also stick the carpet seams back to the floor by using a thin strip of carpet seam adhesive below the edge of the carpet. Pull the carpet taut, and then press it down on top of the adhesive, holding it there to ensure the bond forms. This will keep the edge down in the area that’s causing issues, which will make it harder for children or pets to pull the carpet back up and create further fraying.
- Prevention: After you’ve addressed existing issues with damaged carpet edges, you should move on to focus on prevention. If pets have been the problem and they continually chew at it or scratch it, you can spray the area with bitter apple or other types of pet repellents. These types of sprays will harm neither your pet nor your rug and will keep them from pulling at the area. For cats with claws, consider using double-sided tape; they hate the feeling and will quickly learn to avoid the area. If children are the problem, redirect them and make sure they know it is not okay to pull at the carpet.
For more information about the steps you can take to repair carpet edging, we encourage you to contact us at Valley Carpet Cleaning.
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