Fix those Berber blunders
Berber carpet is a go-to for basements and living rooms, but if you have small kiddos or four-legged fur babies, it might see some wear-and-tear. Here are five common ways your Berber can be damaged, and what you can do about it.
1. Single-Loop Damage
Single-loop (otherwise known as single-strand) damage occurs when a strand of carpet gets pulled up. It tends to look like you’ve cut the grass and left one long weed sticking out in the middle.
A single strand (or even two to three strands) is a simple fix that will require a hot glue gun, a flathead screwdriver, and patience. Using either your fingers or a screwdriver, see if you can simply push the strands back down. Often enough, this works and you don’t have to do anything else.
If the strands refuse to stay down with just pressure, you’ll want to bust out the hot glue gun. Take the strand, push it down, and glue it in place using the tiniest bit of glue. This will prevent the carpet from snagging again—and may even hold up better than the rest of the carpet in the long run.
Alternatively, if the damaged loop is in a not-so-noticeable area, you can get away with just cutting the loops. It won’t cause the carpet to unravel more, and you don’t have to worry about it being seen.
2. Multi-Loop Damage
Multi-loop damage can happen from vacuuming, scampering pets and children, or by moving furniture. In this case, you typically have multiple loops coming up and the carpet suddenly looks like a bunch of yarn was dropped on the floor.
You’ll need to replace the affected carpet so it doesn’t keep unraveling. Do this by cutting out the damaged area with a utility knife and replacing it with a spare piece of carpet. Glue down the new patch with hot glue.
But if your Berber carpet has patterns and designs, this DIY fix might not look too great. You may want to call a carpet repair company near you so they can seamlessly install a new piece.
3. Burn Damage
Burn damage can happen, and (as long as the damage is only done to the fibers and not to the carpet pad underneath) you can DIY a quick fix.
Remove the burnt fibers by cutting them out with a pair of scissors. From there, find an out-of-the-way spot of carpet (like underneath the entertainment center or inside of a closet) that you’re willing to sacrifice. Cut some undamaged fibers with your scissors until you have enough to cover the burn patch. Glue the untouched fibers over the spot with a glue gun.
If the burn damage did get into the carpet pad, it’s better to simply replace the area as you would for multi-loop damage—or replace the entire carpet.
4. Missing Patches
Missing patches should be treated the same as burn damage … unless you’re out of the spare carpet. If this is the case, it’s best to have a professional replace the whole Berber carpet.
Tackling stains depends on what material your Berber carpet is made from. To tackle wool Berber, steam clean the carpet. This will help get the dirt and grime found deep in the carpet fibers out.
For simple stains on Nylon, consider using a mixture of baking soda and vinegar to clean and revive your carpet pile. Don’t scrub too hard though, as this could cause the loops to start to unravel.
Should You Repair or Replace Your Berber Carpet?
If your carpet is holding onto smells or you’ve found yourself sneezing and coughing more, then these are signs you need to replace your carpet. But if your carpet is under 10 years old, you should look into repairs first before making the decision to replace it.