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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Question

We had an accident and spilled acid bathroom cleaner on a 3 inch by 5 inch area of commercial carpet, destroying the fibers. I need some information on repair and possibly carpet dyeing if the patch we use doesn't match up.


Answer

Answer #1:
There is a simple cutting tool that cuts a round hole, approximately 6" in diameter, in a carpet. You can cut out a section of damaged carpet and another piece of pristine carpet (say from under a filing cabinet or floor planter) and switch locations. You just glue the new spot into place. You can match up most carpets so that the cut spot is invisible to the eye.
Von Schrader of Racine, WI, used to sell them. You might start looking there.
These tools are amazing for small spots, with none of the horrors of trying to match dyes.

John Walker, President
ManageMen, Inc.

Founder,
Janitor University

Former ISSA Director of Education and Training

Answer: #2:
The tool described above is called a cookie cutter. Here is a link to a YouTube video that demonstrates the use of a cookie cutter to make a repair.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LsX26bQ53sQ
A note of caution: If the carpet in the area in question is worn, and the piece inserted is not, the patch will be noticeable, especially for the first several months. Dyeing will not impact that. Also, it might be simpler and easier to hire a professional carpet installer/repairman to do this for you.

John Downey, President
Downey's Carpet Care of Granville
www.johndowneyco.com