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Carpets and rugs can become damaged, especially if you have kids and/or pets. Problems arise from spilled drinks, shedding, and snags and other issues can arise from daily use such as worn traffic patterns, fuzziness, and static electricity. Replacing carpets and even rugs can be costly. Rather than pay all that money, consider options for correcting the issue. If anyone in the home smokes, carpet burns can occur. Once the cigarette, cigar, or embers from a pipe fall to the floor, the ends of the carpet become blackened. If the cigarette, cigar, or pipe embers are not picked up immediately, extensive damage occurs. If the tips of the carpet are burned but the actual burn spot did not go all the way to through the carpet to the floor, using small scissors, snip off the blackened ends. If the spot is more severe, you can fix it by using the "cookie-cutter" solution. This option is not difficult to do and if done right, can cover the spot where the burn or replacement carpet piece cannot be seen.

Measure the size of the burn and then add just a little more in diameter. Within a back bedroom closet or hallway closet that has the same carpet, cut the needed size. This provides you with the needed "plug" and since you took it from a closet, the area where you cut the plug will not be seen. The other option is to cut the hole around the burn and take that piece of carpet to a carpet store to see if they have any matching scrap carpet. To fix the burn hole, lay the "plug" inside the hole. If it is too large, trim a small amount off but remember you want the carpet to fit snuggly, meaning just a little bit larger than the hole. Using carpet glue, cover the bottom of the burn hole and place the "plug" into the hole, pressing firmly. Set a heavy book or brick on top of the "plug", leaving it overnight until dry. Once the carpet is fluffed up, no one will be able to see that there was ever a burn.

When a carpet gets fuzzy, it starts to lose fibers that are still attached at one end. In most cases, carpet fuzziness is caused by the surface wearing down, fiber breakage, or embedded grit. A good vacuum cleaner can eliminate the deeply seeded dirt and with small scissors, you can carefully snip off the fibers sticking out above the rest. Shedding is another common issue that is caused by fibers surfacing after being left in the carpet during the time it was manufactured. Rather than a defect, this is something common with new carpet and can be corrected by vacuuming extra and on a regular basis.

Snagged carpet occurs from furniture being moved incorrectly across carpet or rugs, from high heel shoes, cleats, or dog and cat's nails. Snagging most often occurs on loop pile carpets such as Berber. The best solution for fixing snags is to snip off the tufts using sharp scissors. Never pull the tuft or it will create a long run, causing additional damage. If you do get a run, with carpet glue, you can clip the run off and then glue or stitch it back on. If you have carpet or rugs that are made from synthetic fibers, the following process should be followed:
  • Whenever there are spills, the carpet should be cleaned and treated immediately. Using a sponge, dab the stain lightly to dilute it. Be sure not to rub the stain or it will bleed.
  • Any excess soil should be dabbed up or gently scraped with something that has a dull edge.
  • Using a commercial carpet cleaning solution designed specifically for synthetic fibers put a small amount on one side of the stain or inside a closet with the same type carpet for 10 seconds to ensure it does not discolor the carpet. Once determined the product is safe, dab it on with a clean, dry white cloth, again do not rub. The cloth should be absorbent such as a tee shirt, cloth diaper, etc.
  • Make sure the carpet or rug does not get too wet
  • Once dry, with gentle pressure and motion, brush the spot to restore the pile
If you have tried to resolve the problem on your own but without success, contact a professional carpet cleaning company to see if they can get the stain out before you decide to replace your carpet or rug.
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