Repairing, Restoring and Repurposing Old Decking: Tips. Ideas and Facts
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Repairing, Restoring and Repurposing Old Decking: Tips. Ideas and Facts

A deck is a beautiful outdoor asset to your home, and the right deck can make your living space seem larger. Hi, my name is Jackie, and I am a lover of all things related to the home. I enjoy decorating, repairing, restoring, and reading about ideas and even cleaning. Thanks to the success of our family business, I am able to work from home, and as I spend so much time here, I want it to look beautiful. If you want to have a beautiful home, I want to help you as well. In this blog, I am going to focus on decks in particular. I want to talk about repairing them, restoring them and reusing their old wood in new projects. If you want ideas or inspiration, I invite you to stay, take a look and enjoy these posts.

Repairing, Restoring and Repurposing Old Decking: Tips. Ideas and Facts

Upholstery Repairs | 4 Easy Steps to Use a Patch For Mending Unsightly Tears in New Upholstery

Esperanza Arias

There's nothing more frustrating than a tear in your furniture, making even the newest pieces look timeworn and ragged. While you may perhaps need to get professional upholstery repairs from a company like Action Upholstery Services for large tears, you can easily mend smaller tears on your own if you know how to handle a needle and thread. Depending on the area and size of the tear, your mending solutions will vary. This guide is designed to help you follow easy steps using a patch to mend tears in your new upholstery. 

Get Your Patch Ready

As part of your upholstery repairs, start by cutting up a square piece of the fabric from an unseen portion of the furniture  (perhaps the rear lower end of your sofa that's set against a wall) for using as a patch over the tear. Use large and sharp scissors to ensure that you cut through the fabric neatly without leaving any ragged edges. Alternatively, when buying upholstery for furniture, buy a little extra, so you don't need to cut patches from existing pieces. Pre-purchased fabric patches are also available in furniture stores, so you can choose something that blends closely into your torn upholstery. Make sure that the square patch is larger than the upholstery tear to fill out the torn surface properly. 

Place the Patch Under the Tear

Place the patch under the upholstery tear and smoothen it out gently, so that it is flat against the surface. The idea to place it under the tear is to hide the patch edges from plain sight. This will give the mended area a neater finish once you are done. Use a skewer or upholstery pin to hold the patch in place. You'll want the patch to be completely flat for a seamless finish.

Apply Fabric Glue to the Edges of the Patch and Upholstery Tear

The application of fabric glue during upholstery repairs requires a steady hand for a neat finish. Use a small brush to apply the fabric glue on the top edges of the patch that need to stick to the underside of the upholstery layer. You should also apply a little fabric glue to the lower upholstery layer. Gently remove the pins from the fabric to press down the upholstery, so you can allow the top patch layer to adhere to the bottom part of the upholstery tear. Keep smoothing out the patch fabric to prevent creases and wrinkles.

Replace Pins and Allow Fabric to Dry

Once the wrinkles are smoothened, replace the pins along the edges and let them hold the fabric in place as the glue dries. This ensures that the patch remains wedged to the bottom of the upholstery without detaching. Keep small children and pets away from your furniture until the glue dries. Remove these pins after several hours and your upholstery tear may not be visible anymore. 

Using a patch for upholstery repairs is relatively simple as long as you follow these steps.