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Carpet maintenance (repairing snags, stains and burns)

The most beautiful carpet is not immune to an "accident": hitch, burn or stain crippling; tricks can repair the accident without changing the carpet or being forced to suffer, failing to hide it by a carpet or furniture when possible.

Necessary material

  • Brush with hard bristles
  • Hammer
  • Punch
  • Cutter
  • Double-sided tape

After stain removal, clean with soapy water and rinse

After stain removal, clean with soapy water and rinse

1. A stain on the carpet is not a disaster provided you act quickly and properly. A stain that is allowed to dry is difficult to remove, and there is a stain remover adapted to each case. Immediately remove the larger one by scraping with a blade or blotter for liquids, and act with the stain remover by dabbing. Some stain removers are not recommended for certain types of carpets; the best is to try a fall if in doubt. After spotting, or for some stains, clean with soapy water and rinse.

Use cigarette ash (or dust) to dirty the halo of cleanliness left to stain

Use cigarette ash (or dust) to dirty the halo of cleanliness left to stain

2. It is best not to wet the carpet too much because the water leaves halos. Immediately place several layers of blotting paper that you will eventually renew (put a large dictionary on the blotter). There is sometimes a halo after drying, due to the fact that the detached part is cleaner than the rest of the carpet. We use a little cigarette ash or a pinch of dust that is spread by brush on the carpet to "dirty" this halo of cleanliness. Some manufacturers offer "emergency kits" for carpets, with various stain removers.

Use a cookie cutter to cut the burned part

Use a cookie cutter to cut the burned part

3. The most common accident is cigarette burn. In this case, use a cookie cutter (a leather tool used to cut circles in the leather).

Set up the replacement part

Set up the replacement part

4. Using a hammer, cut the burned part with a sharp blow, then the same circle on a fall. Put in place the replacement part (by gluing lightly on the back).

For an important problem, first make a template

For an important problem, first make a template

5. If the hitch is bigger, cut out a square that can cover it. Place it on the carpet and fix it temporarily with two nails. Cut out the cutter using the square as a template.

Replace the damaged part and marouflage

Replace the damaged part and marouflage

6. Remove the damaged part. Place a piece of double-sided tape on the floor and set up the replacement square. Finally, rub off the repaired place.

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