The Pros and Cons of Carpet Patching Services
Deciding whether to replace or repair your carpeting with carpet patching services in Toronto depends on several different factors. There are advantages and disadvantages of patching carpets so you need to weigh these to determine the best solution for your home or business.
One of the more common causes requiring carpet patching repairs is from buckling and loose carpeting which bunches up in main traffic areas. As the carpeting is not flat, like it should be, the wear and tear from foot traffic can cause the carpet to rip, develop holes in highly worn areas, and result in other damages. If you notice your carpeting has buckled or seems loose in different areas, an easy remedy is to get the carpet stretched and re-secured to the subflooring.
Carpet Patching Pros
One of the main benefits gained by patching carpeting is it will cost significantly less than replacing the entire room of carpeting.
Repairs are ideal for small rips, tears, and holes and help extend the life of the carpeting. If your carpeting is not that old, patching will help ensure you get the maximum usefulness out of the carpeting before it needs replaced.
Professional services carefully match the pile, colour, and style of carpeting for perfect repair that is hard to notice. While there are DIY kits on the market, these never provide a great looking finish and should be avoided because proper matching and patching requires years of training and expertise.
Carpet patching is great for getting rid of unwanted stains that will not come out, even after being professionally cleaned. Sometimes, certain foods will leave stains in carpets which will ruin the overall look and appearance of it. Having these areas patched restores the natural beauty of your carpeting while getting rid of the unsightly stains.
Carpet Patching Cons
There is a limit to the number of times a carpet can be patched, and if patching is becoming a monthly repair, this is often a good indication it is time to get new carpeting installed.
It may not be advantageous to repair and patch older carpeting that is well-beyond its usefulness because it can make the newly repaired sections stand out. If the carpeting is more than ten years old, it is better to get new carpeting installed.
Patching may not work well for larger sections that need repairs. It would largely depend on if there was just one area of the carpeting that needed fixed or multiple areas all with large damaged sections. For larger sections, it is best to arrange an in-home or in-business consultation to discuss your available options.
For further questions about carpet patching and repairs or to find out what your options are, please feel free to contact Dr. Carpet at 647.800.5199 today! We specialize in many different types of patching and repairs for loose, buckling, ripped, frayed, torn, stained, and water damage carpets in the Greater Toronto Area.
Selling Your Home? Don’t Overlook Carpeting and Upholstery Prep - Dr. Carpet
If you are getting ready to put your home on the market and sell it, there are several things you want to do ahead of time to ensure the home is staged correctly to attract the most potential buyers. You may already know you need to declutter and clean out closets, rearrange furniture, and even eliminate pieces from the home to make it more spacious. Yet, during the staging process, many homeowners often overlook their carpeting and the upholstery on their furniture.
Remember, you goal is to make an impression with potential buyers and entice them to picture themselves living in the home, which will result in purchase offers. No matter how much work you put into cleaning, decluttering, and reorganizing the home, home buyers are quickly going to be turned off if they walk in and the first thing they see are stains in the carpeting or on upholstery.
Even the smallest of tears or frays in carpeting can be a deterrent for picky buyers, who want the home to be “move-in” ready should they decide to make an offer to purchase your home. While your realtor might suggest using area rugs to cover up unsightly stains or carpet damage, prudent buyers will take the time to lift up the rug and look underneath it to check out the condition of the actual carpeting.
Rather than risk losing potential buyers, a much easier solution is to have your carpeting and upholstery professionally cleaned. We recommend you complete all of your other home staging tasks first and get the carpeting cleaned last. This way if you find other stains, tears, rips, or frays while you are working on the other tasks, you can get these areas taken care of at the same time.
In areas of the home with hardwood or laminate flooring, where area rugs are used, you should get these cleaned and/or repaired, too. With tears, rips, and frayed carpeting, depending on its age, these can often be fixed quickly and easily using various methods and techniques. Once completed, even you will have a difficult finding where the original damage was located.
In addition, while you are staging the home, if you notice the carpeting is bunching up in different areas, like it can do if you slide heavy furniture across it instead of picking it up, the carpeting could require stretching to restore it to the proper size and shape to remove the bunching and any wrinkles.
Putting these finishing touches on your staging processes will ensure your carpeting and upholstery look great when potential buyers are viewing your home. To schedule carpeting cleaning, carpet repairs, area rug cleaning, upholstery cleaning, and other related services in the GTA, please feel free to contact Dr. Carpet at 647.800.5199 today!
Is It Better to Repair or Replace Water Damaged Carpeting?
As homeowners, it is difficult to prepare for every type of scenario and situation that could result in water damage to your carpeting. Some of the more common causes of flooding within the home include:
- Broken Water Pipes
- Overflowing Dishwashers
- Toilet Overflows
- Overflowing Washing Machines
- Sewer Backups
- Leaky Roofs
Initially, especially if the room is under a few inches of water or more, you might decide your only recourse is to replace the carpeting. However, you might be able to save some money by having it repaired instead using our emergency water damage and restoration services.
The first, and most important thing you need to do determine the cause of the water damage and stop the flow of water into the room. The next thing you will want to do is call for emergency service right away. The longer the carpeting sits in standing water and remains wet the more damage it can experience. In addition, you will want to avoid walking on the carpeting as much as possible, as excessive foot traffic could cause further damages to already wet carpeting.
Once we arrive, we can help assess the situation, provide assistance in removing all furniture and items out of room, dry it off and storing it in a dry area of the home. Ideally, the excess water needs to be extracted from the carpeting, fans set up, and other steps taken to help dry out the carpeting as quickly as possible to prevent extensive damages.
The source of the water is the determining factor often used to decide the best course of action – repair or replace the carpeting. Regardless of the end result, it is essential to get the carpeting dried out as soon as possible to avoid further damages, not only to the carpeting, but also drywall, baseboards, underlayments, and subflooring.
If the source of the water was from a “sanitary” source – that is, broken fresh water pipe – then it is possible to save the carpeting. Once the carpeting is fully dried, it is treated with various agents to prevent mold, mildew, and bacteria from developing.
If the source of the water is from an “unsanitary” source – that is a backed up sewer line, toilet overflow, or dishwasher or washing machine overflow – the extent and level of contamination is assessed to determine the most appropriate action to take. For instance, with washing machines and dishwashers, the contaminants are easily treatable with anti-bacterial agents, so the carpeting could be saved.
For sewage line backups and toilet overflows, then it might be necessary to replace the carpeting. Again, it depends on the actual amount of contamination. In cases where there was “black” water that flooded room, then it is often better to replace the carpeting, simply because “black” water means it is full of different containments, which could include raw sewage.
If you ever experience water damage or flooding to your carpeting, remember Dr. Carpet is here to help. We offer 24 hour emergency response, so we can be at your home quickly and help minimalize the damages. Call us at 647.800.5199 now!