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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.

Soontobe60 Tue 03-Dec-19 20:18:17

Surely the hall part of the carpet wouldn't cost £1k?
I'd get the carpet fitter to fit a new piece and patch it, then if that doesn't work, gonwith the coir matting across the full width of the hallway.

trickyex Tue 03-Dec-19 20:21:32

Try to patch repair it I think. If not then a coir matt full width would look fine IMO.

oxcat1 Tue 03-Dec-19 20:26:27

Could you put a thick brass plate over the door frame, covering the damaged carpet?
Like this:

Movinghouseatlast Tue 03-Dec-19 20:53:38

Oxcat, thanks. I have contacted them for advice and they said they have nothing that works.

And yes, despite the comment that the carpet doesn't look expensive the hall part is £1000 because it comes in a 5 m width. We cut it in half to do some of the the stairs, so whole thing was about £1800.

user1494670108 Tue 03-Dec-19 20:53:53

My partners like yours about insurance - I asked why we had it in that case!
However I think in this is case it would be worth claiming. A fiend of mine's dog messed her hall carpet, the insurance replaced the whole of downstairs and the stairs as it was all the same.
Failing that the a one bar coir Mat would also look fine

Auberjean Tue 03-Dec-19 23:56:06

I have a coir mat cut in. It's fine, and useful.

AlunWynsKnee Wed 04-Dec-19 00:04:17

We have coconut (I think) matting which is thinner than coir.

gavisconismyfriend Wed 04-Dec-19 00:28:24

I have a mat fitted across the whole width at the door. Trick is to have it completely contrasting and then it looks intentional! Even though you have the porch some matting in which people can wipe their feet is great for keeping the rest of the carpet nice. Wouldn’t get coir though - hard to clean. You can get matting specially designed for feet wiping (I could explain that better if I wasn’t so tired!).

wowfudge Wed 04-Dec-19 06:33:07

Has the carpet really been melted? It just looks like a bad mark. Might be worth seeing if a professional carpet cleaner can get the tile cleaner out of it.

madcatladyforever Wed 04-Dec-19 06:36:38

I had a matter well put into my last house and it looked great. You don't have to have brass. You can have silver.

73Sunglasslover Wed 04-Dec-19 07:04:13

I'd got for a large section of coir matting with one bar. Not necessarily brass though, you can get other options which are less traditional (if you want).

Movinghouseatlast Wed 04-Dec-19 07:06:44

Yes, it is melted not marked.

LondonMischief Wed 04-Dec-19 07:18:00

I would go with a mat. In a well or other wise. I have seen the same carpet in a well so it can be replaced or cleaned when needed.I would have one even if you hadn’t damaged the carpet. Coir mats are good for trapping dirt but don’t do anything for wet shoes.

marymungoandminge Wed 04-Dec-19 09:12:59

Maybe a mat that matches your porch tiles?

Flyingsouthwiththeswallows Wed 04-Dec-19 09:24:43

I would go down the really wide threshold route.

I had a joiner down the road make mine ( I was joining a really old tiled floor to carpet) and he then popped in to fit them for me. I think they worked out at about £40 each fitted.

Southmouth Wed 04-Dec-19 13:12:34

I would also go through my insurance for this. We had a massive paint spill on our porch and stair way carpet that hadn’t been down long and we got it replaced through the insurance.

blankittyblank Wed 04-Dec-19 22:55:02

Honestly- claiming on house insurance isn't like claiming in car insurance, where your premiums rocket! I have made the occasional claim and I often even get it cheaper the next year by shopping around when it's due for renewal. Honestly, just claim. That's why you have insurance!!

Movinghouseatlast Thu 05-Dec-19 09:51:27

That is exactly what I tell him!

Wonkydonkey44 Thu 05-Dec-19 09:55:00

Can you not speak to your insurance company ? If you have accidental damage on your contents you should be fine .

Reallybadidea Thu 05-Dec-19 10:04:57

Why not do so price comparisons online with and without a claim for the carpet and see what the effect is likely to be on your premium?

wowfudge Thu 05-Dec-19 11:26:11

Fgs - if you have accidental damage cover just make a claim and get it replaced. Then you won't be accepting a compromise you're not keen on. The excess may be the same as fitting a mat of some description.

LBOCS2 Thu 05-Dec-19 22:32:23

I deal with insurance a lot. One small claim in a year is not considered to be an adverse claims history. With no claims at all you can expect premiums to rise approx 8% year on year, so I really wouldn't be too concerned. And FGS (this is general advice), shop around! It's expensive to stay brand loyal.

justasking111 Thu 05-Dec-19 22:40:40

I would claim for this your premiums as others have said will not go up for such a claim.

oxcat1 Wed 11-Dec-19 23:59:52

Sorry photo is bad. My current rental has this plate covering a bad join in the carpet. Could that not work?

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