How To Patch Your Own Carpet

  • July 31, 2013

Are you interested in learning how to patch carpets? You’ll find all the information you need, including how-to instructions, right here. If you need even more information about the process, reach out to our friendly experts at Carpet to Go by calling (425) 453-7607.

Why Repair Carpets?

Before discussing how to patch a carpet, you may wonder if the process is worth it. Replacing the carpet in your home can be very expensive. Given this, mending your carpet can save you money and help you extend the lifespan of your flooring.

four samples of the different types of carpet

Required Tools for Carpet Patching & Repair

You can begin the carpet repair process by gathering the right tools, which may include:

  •   Scissors
  •   A marker
  •   Gloves
  •   A utility knife

You may also want to have masking tape, single-sided carpet tape, an empty can, and a replacement carpet for the patch or repair on hand.

How to Repair Carpet

Moving on to how to replace a patch of carpet, just follow these simple steps:

Look for a Remnant Piece

Remnant pieces are leftover parts of the carpet in your house. If you can’t find a remnant, you may be able to buy a similar piece of carpet, depending on the age and type of carpet.

Cut the Repair Piece

Take the remnant piece you found, turn it nap side up, and press an empty can down to make an imprint. Cut around the imprint with your knife.

Mark the Nap’s Direction

Place your tape across the carpet, with an arrow showing the nap’s direction. Place another marker on your carpet, using another arrow.

Outline the Damaged Area

Press your can down into your carpet around the damaged area.

Remove the Damaged Carpet

Use the knife to cut along the outline from the can.

Insert the Carpet Tape

Place carpet tape under the surrounding carpet. Make sure the tape remains flat.

Insert the Replacement Piece

Align the arrows on your tape and press the replacement piece firmly down over the tape.

Trim Longer Fibers

Fit the piece snugly into place and then trim fibers that stick up unevenly with the rest of the carpet.

Press the Repair in Place

Place something heavy over the repaired carpet and leave it to stay there for one or two days.

How to Patch an Area of Carpeting

Are you dealing with a larger section of damage or missing carpeting? Curious about how to patch the carpet? Follow these steps to learn how to patch carpet in a doorway or along a wall:

Create an Imprint

You can use a cup or a can to create an imprint around the damaged carpet. That way, you know what size to make the patch.

Get the Tool Ready

Make sure that you have your blade ready before you start making any cuts. Using a sharp edge can make the process easier.

Trim Away

Remove any edges in your imprint with damage or fraying, and then trim any extra carpeting on your patch to ensure a snug fit.

Attach the Disk

Once you have your patch cut out and trimmed, attach it to the floor with carpet tape. Use double-sided tape to install the patch using this strategy.

Blend the Fibers

Finally, when considering how to patch a piece of carpet, make sure you blend the carpet fibers.

Tips on How to Rescue Wet Carpet

If your carpet is only wet in one section, in many cases, you can remove and replace that area rather than the carpet in the entire room. Here’s how:

Dry the Carpet

Pull up the sodden carpet and place it somewhere with good airflow to dry. This step is easiest if the section is small.

Tear Out the Soggy Pad

Carpets have a pad underneath. Water can permanently damage these pads, in which case you may need to remove it or cut out a portion of the pad.

Patch In the New Pad

Cut out a piece of new padding that matches the portion of the pad that you removed.

Reattach the Carpet

Put the dried carpet back into position.

When to Buy a New Carpet Instead of a Repair

You may want to purchase a new carpet if your current carpet is severely damaged or shows signs of widespread wear. Badly stained or completed soaked carpet may also need to be changed. Patches and repairs work best on carpet that is in relatively good shape with small sections of damage.

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