How To Repair Small Holes, Burns and Flaws In Your Carpet

Replacing your carpet can be a major expense and a major job! It’s not as simple as throwing it out and getting a new one when something happens to damage your carpet.

No matter how careful you are, things can happen to your carpet. There’s very little you can do for some things, but most small holes and damaged areas can be repaired to extend the life of your carpet.

If you have homeowners insurance you may want to check your policy coverage. Many insurance companies will actually cover the damage on carpets and you might be lucky enough to get completely new carpet installed!

You can literally shave away light burn spots that are mostly on the surface of the carpet. Of course, this won’t work if the carpet is a flat weave. But, for shags and other thick type of carpet it works very well.

Just be very careful not to cut to much of the carpet away and make a bald spot, or to cut yourself. Use a razor blade and just lightly trim the melted threads off in thin layers.

Another way of repairing damaged carpet is with the “carpet transplant” method! It’s better if you have a scrap piece of the carpet, but you can get replacement fibers from hidden spot on your carpet, such as a corner.

With a sharp razor blade, trim all of the damaged fibers down to the carpet backing. Using a small tool apply a waterproof adhesive to the bare carpet backing. This will take patience, you don’t want to get the adhesive on the rest of the carpet!

One by one you can press the transplanted fibers onto the area with a toothpick or other small object. Make sure that you press the fiber into the adhesive and let the finished repair dry for at least 24 hours.

If the damage is beyond repair, you can often still repair it with a plug! Just like the name implies, you will cut out the bad section and then plug it with a new one!

The main problem with this type of repair is that over time your carpet wears and fades. Replacing a piece of it with a remnant piece or carpet from another part of the room is likely to leave a noticeable spot!

With a utility knife cut all the way through the backing to remove the damaged area. You should cut the hole as small as possible to help improve the chances of the repair being less prominent.

If possible when cutting the bad part out, cut it in a triangle shape instead of a rectangle or square. You can use the piece that you cut out for the pattern in cutting the “plug” piece to get a more accurate fit. However, for the best look, you’ll want to cut the plug just slightly larger.

Many people don’t realize that carpet has a grain. You can check the grain of your carpet by rubbing it with your hand. Watch to see which direction you have to rub it to fluff it and which direction you rub to smooth it out. Try to cut the plug piece with the same grain direction as your carpet.

Carpet tape can be used for this type of repair if it’s a fairly big spot. But, using carpet tape will probably be something that you later regret!

If it’s a small area, it will be a little hard to get the carpet tape in the right position. But, the main problem will be when you clean your carpet!

Carpet tape isn’t water resistant! So, when you need to clean your carpet with a carpet cleaning machine or steam cleaner, the patched area will come loose!

The best way to make sure that the plugged piece of carpet stays in place is to use a waterproof adhesive. If you want to keep the patch from sticking to the floor, cut a piece of thick material such as burlap and place it under the hole using a screwdriver or blunt end knife.

The repair will look better if the fibers are a little crowded, this is why the repair plug should be just a little larger than the actual hole.

Before you apply any adhesive, lay the patch inside the hole to check for fit and look! If the patch is too big you can easily just trim some of it off as long as it’s not glued down!

Never apply adhesive to the plug patch, you will want to apply it to the fabric patch that you placed between the carpet and the floor. It’s also better if you glue the fabric patch to the carpet backing.

You can gently lift the carpet at the hole and use any type of flat object to spread some adhesive around the hole on the backing and then press it onto the fabric piece.

Once the fabric piece is glued to the carpet backing and you’ve made sure that the plug fits correctly you’re ready to glue it into place! Apply the adhesive to the fabric patch and edges of the existing carpet and press the plug patch into place.

It’s very important that the spot isn’t disturbed for at least 24 hours to allow it to dry properly. You can place a chair or some other piece of furniture over it to protect it. You should also allow another 24 hours before trying to clean the spot.

The best advice to follow when trying to perform any repair that requires removal of some of the carpet is to remove as little as possible. And, take your time to make sure that you don’t get any of the adhesive on the surrounding carpet.