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How to Repair Carpet (page 1 of 2)

Learn how to fix and patch damaged or stained carpet so the repair blends in seamlessly.

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  • Time

    1 hour

  • Price Range

    $1 - $50

  • Difficulty


Here's How To Do It:

Find a Remnant Piece

When done correctly, this repair eradicates the damaged area with minimal or no evidence. Remnants from the installation of the carpet make the job a little easier. If no remnants can be found cut a small portion of carpet from the back of a closet or other out-of-the-way space to provide a repair piece.

fixing a damaged carpet

Trim the Repair Piece

Position an empty can (or other container of comparable size) on the nap side of the repair piece and press down firmly, allowing the rim to make a clear impression. Then cut around the outline using a sharp utility knife.

Mark the Nap's Direction

Use tape marked with an arrow to indicate the direction of the carpet's nap on the repair piece. Then use another length of marked tape to identify the direction of the nap near the damaged area of the carpet.

indicate direction of nap on repair piece
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