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How to Repair Carpet (page 2 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:

Outline the Damaged Area

Using the same can or container, press it down firmly over the damage.

use empty can to make an impression for repair

Remove the Damaged Carpet

Carefully cut along the outline with a utility knife (image 1). The diameter of a standard can is a good guideline for the size of a replacement piece. The goal is to keep the cut-out area (image 2) as small as possible but still allow carpet tape to be inserted into the space and laid flat beneath the carpet backing

Insert the Carpet Tape

To ensure the carpet tape doesn't work its way back through the opening, cut a length 2 to 3 inches wider than the diameter of the cut-out area. (Carpet tape is available in double-sided and single-sided versions; the single-sided type generally works best for this type of repair.) Peel the backing away from the adhesive side of the tape and carefully insert the piece into the cut-out area, smoothing it flat from below so that it sticks firmly to the carpet backing around the perimeter of the opening. Be patient and work carefully: handling the stickiness of the tape can be a challenge. For a cut-out this size, it generally works best to cover about half the space with one piece of tape (image 1) and use a second piece to cover the other half (image 2).

Insert the Replacement Piece

Once the carpet tape is firmly in place, turn the repair piece so its arrow is pointing in the same direction as the arrow near the cut-out area and press it firmly into the opening. Apply extra pressure all around the edges of the new piece, working the fibers into the surrounding carpet.

turn repair piece so arrow is pointing with nap

Trim Longer Fibers

After the piece is fitted snugly into the opening trim any fibers that are uneven with the surrounding carpet. To even out the difference, lay a pair of scissors flat across the new section and carefully trim off just enough to "blend" the piece into the adjacent fibers.

trim any fibers that are uneven with carpet

Press the Repair in Place

Set a heavy piece of furniture, stack of books, etc. over the repaired section for a day or two to ensure it's fully "integrated."

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