What Is the Correct Procedure for Carpet Remnant Binding?


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The basic procedure to bind carpet remnants is to cut the carpet, bevel the carpet, if applicable, choose the binding style, and stabilize the corners. This is a professional job that starts at about $2 per linear foot, as of 2015.

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The process of binding the carpet starts by cutting the remnants into the right shape. For instance, if the binding procedure repairs the carpet, the binder cuts the damaged area out, and then cuts the other piece in the opposite way. The edges of the carpet must be straight and smooth. The carpet might require beveling, and professionals use power beveling tapers to ensure that there is a smooth transition from one piece to another. Carpet that is thick always needs beveling, but low-grade carpet, such as commercial carpet, usually does not.

The style of the binding comes into play next, and low-grade carpets usually have polyester bindings, but higher-grade carpets have serging, cotton or sisal border binding. After applying the binding procedure, the stabilization of the corners occurs, which is the final step in the process. This stabilization prevents unraveling, and hot glue holds each tab. Some professionals use hot glue instead of staples, however. Hot glue is more likely to cause issues later, as it can begin peeling away, but staples may scratch the floor or rust.

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