In addition to the damage to the sides and fringes, holes are one of the most common reasons for burn carpet repair. Holes are rarely caused by regular wear and tear most of the time they are caused by one of the following incidents.
The classic with the Flower Pot
If a flower pot is placed on a carpet and no attention is paid when watering that any overflowing water not only ends up in the saucer but also spills out over it, it only takes a few days to get a real hole in the carpet.
The rotting process, which is initiated immediately, dissolves the rug’s wool, which is often left in its natural state, and the rug looks like it has been punched out along the curve of the saucer.
Occasionally, you only notice this damage during the next carpet wash, when the affected area weighed down by the moisture breaks out.
Hole formation after water damage
Puppies like to nibble on Carpets
If a corner is missing on a carpet, the young dog in the household is usually responsible. The natural sheep’s wool and the challenge of nibbling the material are probably too much of a temptation.
Especially dogs that are only visiting like to satisfy your curiosity with a rug corner.
Persian carpets are usually not fireproof
Whether it is the carpet under the Advent wreath that has caught on fire or the carpet in front of the open stove that gets embers from time to time, the pile of carpet burns very quickly due to the loose pile fibres.
Only after prolonged exposure to heat will the foundation be destroyed and a real burn hole will develop.
A hole needs to be Dammed
First and foremost, a carpet mustn’t be used too intensively after it has been punctured. The surrounding knots are no longer secured and are loosening. This results in an even larger hole and higher repair costs.
Each hole repair is individual
Traditionally, there are different ways to deal with a hole in the carpet. These variants differ significantly in terms of the amount of work involved:
- In the simplest variant, the open edges of the holes are skillfully fixed with stitches. This prevents the carpet from further dissolving and the carpet becomes fully durable again.
- The hole remains, but no further damage can occur.
- To improve the visual flow of the first method, a 4-fold layer of fabric in the basic colour of the carpet can also be sewn on from the underside. With this variant, you can achieve very good results, as the overall impression of the carpet hardly suffers from the colour-matched hole area. Using this approach, antique carpets are often restored.
- In the case of more valuable silk and wool carpets, the hole is restored true to the original. The challenge here lies in the perfect imitation of the existing knots and the colour of the carpet, which has already changed individually through wear and tear. Furthermore, every single warp and weft thread must be individually linked to the new area to ensure permanent durability.
It can be worthwhile to talk to household insurance
Household insurance often offers cover for the damage, especially if the holes are caused by incidents. In such cases, we also offer direct processing with the insurance of our customers.
A burn hole in the carpet is annoying, especially if it is in a visible place. But you don’t necessarily have to lay a new carpet or move the furniture. A small cosmetic repair is enough.
Trick 1: Repair with carpet scraps
If you still have carpet scraps, you can punch out the burn hole in the carpet and replace it with a piece of the same size as the carpet scraps. Simply attach the new piece with double-sided adhesive tape or with some all-purpose glue.
Trick 2: Use carpet fluff
If you have run out of carpet scraps, there is another way of doing things. Simply pluck a few carpet fluff from a hidden part of the carpet. For example under a cupboard or the couch. Then normal glue is used: drip one or two drops of it into the damaged area and then apply the carpet fluff to it.