How to repair a hole in a carpet

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Carpets enhance the look of a room, help maintain its temperature and provide a more comfortable walking surface. None of this holds as true if the floorcoverings are no longer well-maintained. If the carpet has burns, stains, or worn-out areas that have become holes, it’s time to rejuvenate it. Fortunately, repairing these kinds of minor damage can often be done easily and quickly by the home owner with some matching carpet scraps and just a few other inexpensive tools.


How to repair a hole in a carpet

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Carpets enhance the look of a room, help maintain its temperature and provide a more comfortable walking surface. None of this holds as true if the floorcoverings are no longer well-maintained. If the carpet has burns, stains, or worn-out areas that have become holes, it’s time to rejuvenate it. Fortunately, repairing these kinds of minor damage can often be done easily and quickly by the home owner with some matching carpet scraps and just a few other inexpensive tools.


Turn over the part of the carpet with the part you want to fix, if possible, to lessen the chance that you will cut through the padding underneath the carpet. Pull the carpet away from its lining by grabbing onto some of the fiber with the pliers and lifting it up, if it can't be flipped over.


Remove the damaged portion of the carpet by one of two methods. Use the cookie cutter by placing it over the section with your free hand, pressing it down, and twisting it until the piece comes free. Cut away the section with the utility knife, creating a triangular hole, if possible, as this is an easier shape to patch.


Measure the size of the hole that you've just made. Turn the replacement scrap so that the design or nap runs in the same direction as the overall carpet. Use the same measurement to create a burlap patch an inch larger around than the hole,


Lay the burlap patch down on a sticky side of tape. Push the burlap through the hole in the carpet, or slide it underneath, to form a base to hold the carpet patch.


Insert the carpet patch into the open space to make sure it sits in the right direction and will lie correctly when it is taped in. Proceed to Step 5 when you are satisfied with the patch.


Attach another piece of tape to the exposed burlap and set the carpet patch down on it.


Wait overnight for the tape's adhesive to grab and set, and then vacuum carefully over the repaired area to better blend the patch into the rest of the floor covering.


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