Iron is one of the critical home appliances that a home should never miss. It has evolved from charcoal irons to electric irons which are common in the 21st century. Iron removes creases and shrinks from clothes and carpets.
The item of concern is the electric iron, and the heating depends on the wattage.
The highest temperature reached by a carpet iron is 5000 F, but it depends on the wattage capacity. To retain the temperature, aluminum foil is placed under the carpet being ironed. The heat is maintained between the carpet iron and the carpet hence increasing the applied temperature to heat the adhesive.
Scroll down the article to know the procedure for ironing carpet, uses of carpet iron, and Do It Yourself ironing. The article contains well-researched educational topics that will aid in ironing carpets.
- 1 What is the best carpet temperature?
- 2 How will I pick the right iron temperature?
- 3 What are the uses of carpet iron?
- 4 What is the procedure for seaming carpet?
- 5 Can I use clothing iron to seam the carpet?
- 6 Is it a requirement to use iron to seam the carpet?
Carpet irons, also called carpet steam irons, have varying temperature ranges depending on the ironed material. A nylon carpet will have a different temperature from polyester material. All carpet irons have a temperature range between 1000 F and 5000 F. Carpet irons have four heat levels;
1. Lowest heat level: 1250 F to 2240 F
2. Low heat level: 2120 F to 3220 F
3. Medium heat level: 3300 F to 3960 F
4. Highest heat level: 3920 F to 4280 F
When I need to iron my carpet, the correct temperature depends on the type of carpet seam tape I have. Not all heat tapes need the same heat. I always check the ironing instructions on the carpet manual before selecting the heating heat level.
Once the correct melting temperature is attained, I set the carpet iron to start ironing. If the iron has varying heat levels, the advice is to start with the lower heat level to attain the temperature.
An example is an adhesive; it will melt at either low heat level or medium heat level. For a start, use a low heat level and switch to a medium heat level. The gradual temperature change guarantees maximum protection to the carpet while it gets seamed.
Having a big dining room can pose a challenge when finding a carpet that equally fits the entire room. Carpets are sold in strips, and the most common strips are 12 feet to 15 feet.
The best option remains to buy two identical carpet strips and seam them together using carpet iron.
The carpet iron burns the seaming tapes and mounts them to a carpet placed just above the fabric. If you need to try the Do It Yourself method, it is recommended to hire iron from home centers or buy brand new.
Seaming strips of carpet together follow a unique procedure. The procedure is as follows;
1. Lay the carpet strips together
The strips are laid adjacent to the floor, matching side-by-side and leaving a 3 inches allowance. Confirm the arrows on the carpet to arrange the piles to face a similar direction.
2. Mark the edges
Note this; the carpet is cut 1 inch but on the backside. Rollback the top piece with attention and cut keenly, not exceeding the 1-inch measurement. Put marks on the 1-inch mark at intervals of 12 inches from top to bottom. A chalk line is then snapped through the marks to draw a straight line.
3. Cut the first edge
A piece of plywood or aluminum foil is placed under the rolled-back edge to protect the underneath carpet from the utility knife blade. Using a utility knife, cut a straight line along with the chalk line snap. If you can cut uniformly along the chalk line, use a straightedge to guide the knife.
4. Cut the second edge
The already cut slip is placed over the uncut slip. The uncut slip should overlap the cut slip by 2 inches to leave 1 inch after cutting. Place a straightedge along with the uncut slip and use the blade to cut uniformly.
5. Lay down the seaming tape
Align straight the two carpet slips with the adhesive facing up and center a line of seaming tape in between the two slips. The tape must be the same length as the carpet slips, and the slips should lie at the center of the seaming tape.
For convenience, never use different pieces of seaming tapes. Join the two carpet edges tightly together.
6. Position the seaming iron
Place the seaming carpet iron under the carpet slips and on the seaming tape. When sure that the seaming iron is placed at the right position, switch on the power. Give the seaming iron a couple of minutes to heat the adhesive on the seaming tape.
Follow the heating recommendations on the seaming tape manual to avoid over-heating.
7. Butt the seams
Move the iron gently and steady along the seaming tape and leave it to activate the tape one distance at a time. While heating and moving the iron slowly, press the carpet over the heated seam while pushing the slips together.
Use a seam roller to press the joined seams to lie flat. Roll over the butted seams as you heat the front adhesive. Place a heavy object over the rolled seam to tighten the adhesive.
8. Complete the seam
Seam the carpet slips until the last end and leave the heavy object over the rolled seam for about 15 minutes. The result is a fascinating carpet that does not seem to have been joined from two slips. The pile should be hiding the seam.
It is recommended to use an iron carpet, but a clothing iron can be used when unavailable. The results are relatively the same, but it takes longer to seam using the clothing iron. The difference is that clothe iron does not retain heat as carpet iron.
The procedure is the same as seaming using carpet iron. Since clothe iron does not heat as carpet iron, I cannot regulate the heat, and I will always set it to maximum heat and steam level. Again, I will make sure the iron has water before switching on the power.
No one is tied to use iron to seam carpet. There are other methods out in the market for seaming carpets. If heat is not my priority, I can use other methods: double-sided gel tape, pressure-sensitive tape, and carpet seam glue.
1) Gel double-sided glue
Gel double-sided glue is a sticky gel that holds the seam on the carpet slips by applying and pressing hard to stick together. The gel sticks on the carpet without applying pressure or heat.
2) Carpet seam glue
Carpet seam glue does not use seaming tape. The glue is applied directly on the floor but in a straight line. The two carpet slips are laid along with the glue gently and pressed firmly to butt together. After joining, leave it for 24 hours to dry up.
3) Pressure-sensitive tape
Pressure-sensitive tape is the fast and easy Do It Yourself method for seaming carpets. The sensitive tape has a glue that is activated by applying pressure on the carpet. To fix it, lay the tape on the floor and place the carpet slips over the tape.
Make sure the piles match and are facing the same direction. Now, apply pressure just right over the tape by either stepping hardly or rolling a hard, smooth object to activate the glue, and the two will be bonded.