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Movinghouseatlast Tue 03-Dec-19 12:13:56

I damaged my brand new hall carpet whilst cleaning the porch tiles in my new house. I used specialist tile cleaner which seeped under the door bar and melted the carpet!

The carpet fitter says that type of carpet cant be patched as it would fray. He suggested having a mat well cut in as the only solution.

So my choices are

Mat well with coir mat in a rectangle shape with brass bars 3 sides.

Mat well but just one bar, ie all carpet near door replaced with coir

Or just get a thin rug to cover it.

You can see the vibe I had going on. I think anything I do is going to spoil it.

What do you think? Thanks

BuzzShitbagBobbly Tue 03-Dec-19 12:27:02

Unless you get a thin mat, won't the door and chairs snag on it? And if you get a thin mat, it seems a little pointless.

And wouldn't coir look a little out of place coming 'after' the porch?

TBH, I'd repair it with more carpet (maybe cut up a section wider than the doorframe so it won't snag). And just glue the fuck out of the new bit and join. if it's tight in, it won't have 'room' to fray?

BuzzShitbagBobbly Tue 03-Dec-19 12:28:10

(Chairs = Table legs grin Don't know what happened there!)

Qcng Tue 03-Dec-19 12:31:57

Oh no!
I'd take the advice of the carpet fitter, you can get rugs made out of the same carpet, so try that, get it cut to fit just wider than the door frame and quite short, and try glueing it down.

Your kitchen door opens inwards, not outwards onto the carpet?

AJPTaylor Tue 03-Dec-19 12:32:07

How much was the carpet?

Movinghouseatlast Tue 03-Dec-19 13:00:08

The carpet would be £1000 to replace...

It's a porch door which opens inwards to the hall.

I guess I could put a piece of the same carpet, but with a bar connecting the two. The carpet fitter said they can't be invisibly joined.

I have a little rug covering it at the moment, and could get a nicer one if that's the route I go.

A really wide threshold would do it, but I don't think they exist!

longearedbat Tue 03-Dec-19 14:25:14

I don't understand why the carpet can't be repaired, especially as it sounds like you went for an expensive one. (Although, to be frank, it doesn't look like expensive carpet to me, but perhaps you had to carpet a large area which bumped up the price). What is it made of? Have you asked a different carpet fitter? Is it fitted using gripper rods or glued?
It actually looks fine how you have it at the moment with a mat over it. Only you know the truth of what is underneath. I think, if it were mine, I would live with it and chalk it up to experience.

Movinghouseatlast Tue 03-Dec-19 14:59:55

Oh well, it's hard to tell from a photo isn't it? Its Crucial Trading carpet.

A bit of a bitchy unnecessary comment there, but hey ho.

LochJessMonster Tue 03-Dec-19 15:12:20

I'm getting major deja-vu from this thread, I'm almost 100% positive this has happened to someone before cleaning their porch and the fluid ran under the door and ruined their carpet!

thenightsky Tue 03-Dec-19 15:15:24

I'd go for the mat-well with one bar, ie; coir right across from wall to wall. It will save accidents in the future and will also be easier to hoover than a rectangle.

Letthemysterybe Tue 03-Dec-19 15:17:59

Me tooLochJessMonster , I thought that I’d opened a zombie thread, and was very confused to see it was today’s date.

runoutofnamechanges Tue 03-Dec-19 15:22:12

How about a border of the same carpet in a contrasting colour? Either all the way around the edge of the room or just at opposite ends of the room. Or a trompe l'oeil mat in front of the door made out of the same carpet eg a rectangle of the same carpet in a contrasting colour to make a border to the mat with a smaller rectangle inside of the original carpet.

MayFayner Tue 03-Dec-19 15:24:56

I remember this too- such an annoying thing to happen to a new carpet 😖 Especially when the aim was to clean the tiles.

I think I would keep the existing mat for now and save up to replace the whole carpet in 12 or 18 months, or whenever would be reasonable.

If that’s a definite no, then I think I’d go for coir with one bar.

Movinghouseatlast Tue 03-Dec-19 15:42:47

Yes, it was me before. Everyone said to patch the carpet but the carpet fitter said no!

He said it's because the carpet is made up of small loops. He is great and knows his stuff so I trust him. He fitted it in the first place, it runs all through the hall, stairs and landing. It is wool, on grippers with underlay.

I just think a mat well will look daft, as someone said it comes after the porch so a mat isn't even needed.

I was so proud of my (cheap and nasty...!) carpet and I went and ruined it.

IndecentFeminist Tue 03-Dec-19 17:17:34

I think it looks lovely. I would inlay a patterned mat surrounded by a frame if it really can't be patched.

LBOCS2 Tue 03-Dec-19 18:08:57

Have you considered claiming on your home insurance, if you have accidental damage cover?

Knittedfairies Tue 03-Dec-19 18:19:49

Could you buy a small piece of the carpet and get the edges bound to make a matching rug? I had a piece left over from carpeting the sitting room and had the edges bound for less than £1 a foot.

Movinghouseatlast Tue 03-Dec-19 19:27:54

Partner and I disagree on insurance claims! He thinks we shouldn't.

Reallybadidea Tue 03-Dec-19 19:31:54

If you have accidental damage cover then I would definitely claim for a £1000 carpet. Why doesn't your partner want to?

Movinghouseatlast Tue 03-Dec-19 19:48:28

He says the premiums go up so you end up paying anyway. He has read up on it.

He wouldnt claim when we had leak and the ceiling fell in!

I think a matching rug would be great. It's a 3 hour round trip to get to the nearest place that does it though, as we are very rural!

MacavityTheDentistsCat Tue 03-Dec-19 19:59:26

Could you (or the fitter) apply a fast dye to re-colour the carpet to the original colour? Or maybe even find a matching permanent felt tip pen to 'colour in' the discoloured carpet until it matched enough to not attract the eye? (No, I have never done this to damaged leather. blush)

PigletJohn Tue 03-Dec-19 20:03:32

I think a carpet well, with a large doormat, would look best.

I've seen doormat sold in rolls, on a rubber backing, that can be cut to size. Your carpetfitter probably knows where to get it. I'd have (at least) one spare made, for when it wears out, and get it in a common size like 900x600mm. Doormats should be quite big.

Rugs walk and are very annoying in front of a door.

Reallybadidea Tue 03-Dec-19 20:09:22

If you shop around then the premiums won't necessarily go up. And there's literally no point in paying extra for accidental damage if you're never going to claim!

CalmFizz Tue 03-Dec-19 20:14:03

Would it be possible to just replace the actual hallway, and stop short of changing the stairs/landing? Or would that area alone still be in the £1k ballpark?

Daisydoola Tue 03-Dec-19 20:17:15

We've claimed loads on our house insurance, including lost iPhones and damaged carpets etc.

Our premium never goes up, we just compare the market at the end of the term and chose one that's the same price or lower.

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