Carpet seams for various reasons — old age, poor installation, direct lighting, etc. — can begin to show more and more each and every day. If this is the case, then we highly recommend seeking a professional to repair your carpets.
However, for those do-it-yourselfers out there, allow us to provide you with some great tips to repair your seams. Let’s take a look.
Peaking or Splitting?
Before you even pull out the first tool, you want to determine what the problem is with your seams, and that comes down to one of two problems — peaking or splitting.
Peaking: This is just what it sounds like. Your carpet comes loose causing a peak or a slope at the seams.
Splitting: This occurs when carpet tears and splits apart.
Steps For Repair
Once you’ve diagnosed the problem, it’s time for some repair work. If the problem is minor, simply re-gluing or taping the damaged area will often work and is the easiest solution.
If you’re gluing, simply lay a generous amount of glue, push the seams down into the glue and weigh down the carpet with heavy objects like books or weights. Wait several hours before removing the weights and walking on the carpet.
If you’re seam taping, start by removing the old tape from the sections of loose carpet. Place the seam tape between the two pieces of carpet and heat the tape with a seaming iron. Next, press the seams together onto the hot tape and press the iron over the carpet and tape. Place weights and wait several hours.
If you’re unsure if your carpet is beyond repair with these techniques, we recommend calling a professional. We would be happy to help you with your seam problems.