Nearly every carpeting is prone to developing carpet seams. They tend to disrupt the presentation of the entire carpeted flooring. Seams are the unwanted wrinkle-like folds that are seen along the carpet’s surface. However, with some easy carpet repair tips and by choosing the right method for laying the carpet, this problem can be resolved.
Tips for Laying the Seam
- Do not place the seams in high-traffic areas.
- Avoid placing seams in a direction perpendicular to the door entrances.
- Use a seaming tape for measuring the length of the carpet seam.
- When laying the carpet, stretch it parallel to the seam and not across it. This directly reduces the pressure on the seams and reduces their peaking
- The adhesive side of the seaming tape should always face upward.
- Use a high-density cushion under the carpet for minimizing any movement in the carpet seam.
- Liberally use the carpet backing for the adhesive transfer.
- For proper adhesive transfer — always press the carpet upon the adhesive. Use seam rollers for completing this task.
Note: You can use supporting pieces like a 4-mm plywood piece underneath the seam tape when you are laying seams over a soft underlay.
Carpet Repair When Laying the Seams
- Cut between the tufts of carpet rows, using a pile cutter.
- Ensure that you do not cut the tuft that is supposed to be left loose for camouflaging the seam.
- Seal the unruly carpet edges with a seam sealer. Latex-based sealers act as a glue for fixing the edges of the seam by sticking it to the surface below.
- Place the seam tape under the exposed edges.
- Drag the heated seaming iron over the tape.
- Press upon the heated area of the carpet seam over the tape.
- Press the edges of the carpet seam over the tape, thereby fastening them.