If you are reading this blog, chances are you have felt annoyed because of your frayed carpet edges. I am no different. For some reason, my carpets started to fray, and it is not nice to see the fibers in the edges being ripped away.
However, there are several things you can do to prevent this issue from happening, and in my blog, I will share with you how to keep carpet edges from fraying with easy-to-do tips. What if your carpet is already frayed? If so, then I will teach you how to repair them.
For now, let’s learn about the prevention tips first!
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How To Keep Carpet Edges From Fraying?
There are several ways you can keep your carpet from fraying, and I recommend you to try at least one of these methods when the carpet edges are not frayed yet. The reason is that it is normally easier to prevent the issue from happening than to solve it.
Here is the list of things I usually do to keep my carpets in the best condition and avoid fraying:
Use Binding Tape
Using binding tapes is the most used method because it is pretty simple. The binding tape was created to keep your carpet neat and not move around too much. Therefore, the edges of the carpet will also be less likely to fray, especially after you have used it for a long time.
Seal The Edges With Heat
If you have a heat gun, then it will be really simple to seal the edges. This method also takes a short time to finish.
To use this method, you can apply the heat from the heat gun to the carpet edges. Remember to use direct heat and not to put anything between the heat gun and the carpet. Still, it would be best always to keep the gun a little bit far from the carpet to avoid burning it.
In my case, I keep the gun a little bit further from the edges when I get started and pay attention to the fractions of the edges. Then I will slowly move the gun closer to ensure the heat is hot enough to be effective.
Normally, I keep the gun around five inches away from the edges to avoid burning them. You put the gun closer or further, depending on the material your carpet is made of.
The heat will melt the edges and keep the fibers in place by the end of this process.
Seal The Carpet Edges With Hot Glue
Hot glue is another easy-to-do, yes effective method for preventing carpets from fraying. Nonetheless, it would help if you kept in mind that it will take hours to seal the edges with glue because you will need to work with different small areas of the carpet.
You can begin with picking the right tip to get started. Then, keep the glue from the glue gun from piling up too much in one area. If you put too much glue in one spot, the carpet will look bad later on.
Secure with Transition Strips
You can find many different transition strips on the market, and it is advisable to pick the right one for your floor. There are two types of transition strips you can consider: PVC and metal ones.
PVC transition strips’ price is quite reasonable, and it is effective enough to use. With many colors and the ability to curve easily, you can match it with your floor and create a harmonious-looking space. For metal transition strips, you will have to put a little bit more effort into drilling holes and putting some nails on them.
Use Sliders When Moving Interior Furniture
When you move your furniture on the carpet, it is easy for the carpet to fray. So, the best thing you can do here is to use sliders when moving your furniture from one place to another, especially the larger one.
With smaller furniture, you should also pay attention and when you need to move it, make sure you pick it up and move it instead of dragging it all the way.
How to Repair Frayed Carpet Edges?
Now you know how to keep carpet edges from fraying, but what if your carpet is already frayed? Please do not freak out because I have two effective solutions for you! Here is how to fix it:
Cut Off The Frayed Carpet Edge
Yes, the solution is simple: just cut the frayed carpet edge, and the problem is basically solved. Yet, you should not just grab a scissor and cut the edge right away because you might accidentally cause more trouble.
In my experience, it is always better to be careful and use some charcoal or pen to mark the line you are going to cut. If you do not mark first, the cutting lines might look messy. Moreover, you will not want to cut too much of the edges because it will affect the inner area of the carpet.
There are some tools you can use: scissors, a knife, or a carpet cutter. Whatever you use, you need to ensure that the tool is sharp and can cut the edges easily.
Fix With Carpet Binding
These binding methods need a little more time to do, and you need to prepare some tools before getting started. What you will need are glue sticks, scissors, and a hot glue gun. It would help if your gun’s nozzle tip is long. As you are going to use glue, you should also wear hand gear to protect your skin. Here are the steps you can follow:
- Step 1: Cut a small portion (around one centimeter, for example) from the carpet binder’s beginning point.
- Step 2: Pull the sticker out of the binder.
- Step 3: Wrap the carpet binder around your carpet edge and press it so they will stick stronger together.
- Step 4: When the carpet binder is fully wrapped around the carpet, cut the end point carefully to match with the starting point.
- Step 5: Use the hot glue gun you already prepared to glue the end of the carpet bind and keep going with the carpet edges.
So, what do you think about all of my guides and tips? They seem quite easy to follow, right? By the time you reach the final part, you must know how to keep carpet edges from fraying.
Even though your carpet edges are already frayed, you can also repair them. Still, my advice for you is that preventing them from the factors that make them fray in the first place is always a better idea. I hope you will be successful with the information in this blog!