Is your carpet showing any seams? That might be due to a wide range of reasons including heavy traffic, age, direct lighting, or poor installation. Carpet seams are normal but you should learn how to hide them with simple tools and tricks.
Steps to Hide The Carpet Seams
You need the following for the job:
Glue gun & carpet glue sticks
The first thing you need is to understand the problem you are encountering. You need to differentiate between peaking and splitting.
Peaking is evident when two seams come loose and bend upwards (due to pressure) thus making a slope or peak.
Seam peaking is common if the carpet is not installed properly. If too much force or hot iron was used to stretch the carpet, seam peaking occurs.
Splitting occurs is the seams tear apart leaving a gap that exposes the floor. Seam splitting results from long and hard use of the carpet. If the seaming tape used was of poor quality, seam splitting is inevitable.
Sometimes you have to replace the seaming tape if the problem is severe.
To achieve this, you need to replace the old tape with a new one. Then, using a seaming iron, press the seams together to firmly adhere.
You can use some weights to weigh the area down. The essence is to help the seamed section to dry and cool.
Ensure you comb through the seam after removing the weights to make the carpet fluffier again.
How to Fix a fray carpet?
Seam sealer ensures that the seam stays in place for a long time. To do it right, just apply the sealer to the carpet gap and allow it to dry. Apply gentle pressure for some time to allow the seam to seal properly.
Firstly, snip any of the frayed edges and then apply hot glue. Carefully hold the two frayed carpet pieces together ensuring you don’t get glue onto the fibers. You can put a heavy object for example books on the carpet to hold it in place for some time.
How to Fixing pesky Carpet seams
Pesky seams emerge due to heavy traffic, old age, poor installation and direct lighting. If you want to DIY, you need some weights, seam tape, seaming iron, glue gun, knife, and glue sticks. For a seam tape fix, you need to pull the loose pieces of the carpet, remove the old seam tape and place a new seam tape.
Vacuum the areas to be treated and place ice on them
Leave the ice on the dented areas for 20 to 60 minutes depending on the extent of the dent and indoor temperatures
Use a clean paper towel to blot the water. Ensure you press gently to avoid recreating the dent
Using your fingers, rub the carpet. Alternatively, you can use a fork or carpet rake to make the carpet fluffier
Using baking soda and vinegar
Baking soda is antimicrobial, deodorizing, and absorbent, while vinegar is excellent for cleaning. With the two, you will sanitize and make your carpet fluffier.
Follow these steps:
Vacuum the carpet to remove excess dust and dirt
Sprinkle baking soda on the carpet’s surface
Use a stiff brush to ensure the baking soda penetrate the carpet fibers
Allow the baking soda to stay on the carpet for approximately 12 hours
Vacuum the baking soda
Mix vinegar and water in a ratio of 1:1 and spray the mixture on your carpet