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Common Questions On Carpet Repairs

What kind of carpet repairs can a professional perform?

Over time, carpeting has a tendency to wear down, bunch up, discolor and lose its integrity, becoming an eyesore. It can also harbor nasty stains and odors, making it even more unappealing. Preventative maintenance can delay if not prevent these issues, and when major fixes are needed, a certified professional can help.

Professionals are trained to inspect carpet for damage, remove and replace portions of it, install new subflooring, provide strong seaming, lay down safe, tackles strips, stretch the carpeting out properly and provide a range of maintenance duties. In general, a professional can restore almost any piece of flooring so that it appears like new, whether by removing any source of damage or by replacing it outright.

The most common fixes involve a bonded insert (patching) and stretching.  A bonded insert is a quick procedure that is used to remove a damaged piece of carpet that can’t be fixed in any other way. During the process, the damaged portion is cut out and replaced with a piece from an inconspicuous area, like the back corner of a closet. The replacement piece is secured through the use of strong adhesives and is groomed so that it blends in seamlessly. Stretching is needed when the carpet bunches up and is done with a power stretcher. This can smooth out uneven portions of flooring, a common problem in homes with high foot traffic.

Why should professionals be called in to handle carpet repairs?

Professionals have access to the best equipment and methods available, which provides for a better result overall. Homeowners may attempt the fixes without professional assistance, but this can cause serious damage and lead to additional problems in the future. This is especially true when  inserting a bonded insert or stretching is needed. In both cases, industrial strength equipment and adhesives are needed to produce an acceptable result. Anything less and the carpeting will not be restored to its optimal condition.

How can professionals get certified in carpet repairs?

The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) has approved schools world-wide that regularly trains professionals in the industry’s best practices. To attain certification, technicians must complete the IICRC’s carpet repair and reinstallation technician (RRT) course. This course is offered through approved instructors in most major cities, so a professional can quickly find a class that accommodates their schedule. During the RRT course, a technician will learn how to handle the tools used in common repair jobs. This will prepare the professional for work in the field.




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