How to Patch a Carpet
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Maintaining your house represents a big part of being a homeowner, including taking care of your carpet. The carpet in your home wears out over time, though wear and tear and other damage is usually the worst where you walk on it the most. If the carpet becomes too worn down, you might have to remove and replace it. But, if you only have a small area of carpeting that has become frayed or worn, you can just patch that area instead of replacing the entire carpet.
How to patch a carpet in six steps
- Carpet patch
- Carpet patch kit
- Carpet seam roller
- Heavy-duty tape
- Tape measure
- Utility knife
Repairing your carpet is not as hard as it might seem at first. In fact, patching a bad place in your carpeting is easy if you have the knowledge to do it properly. The following section outlines the steps necessary to allow you to successfully patch bad areas of the carpet in your home.
Step 1: Match up the pile. Before patching the area, match up the pile of the patch so that it corresponds to the surrounding carpet. “Carpet pile” is a term that refers to the density of fibers in the carpet, as well as its height.
You should also mark the patch piece with a piece of tape with an arrow indicating the direction you want to place the patch.
Step 2: Measure the carpet patch. Using a tape measure, try to get an accurate measure of the exact size of the patch needed.
Hopefully, you have an extra piece of your carpet tucked away somewhere for just such a use. If not, then you need to visit a carpet store to try and find carpeting that matches what is in your home.
Other options for matching up the carpet include:
- Cutting a piece from a closet, pantry, or other out-of-the-way area.
- Pay a technician to power stretch the carpeting in a room with matching carpeting. This allows the technician to cut off excess carpeting to use for this purpose.
Step 3: Cut the carpet patch to size. Next, cut the patch to the desired size and shape using scissors, a utility knife, or tools from the carpet patch kit.
You should also cut the bad piece of carpeting out using a utility knife or tools in the carpet patch kit.
A carpet patch kit also contains the tools you need to help you cut an accurate shape out of the carpet patch, as well as out of the damaged area of carpeting.
Step 4: Apply the adhesive. Once you have removed the bad carpeting, apply adhesive to the area of flooring directly beneath where you expect to place the patch.
When placing the adhesive in the hole where you want to place the patch, make sure to distribute the glue evenly.
Step 5: Place the patch in the hole.** Place the carpet patch in the hole on top of the adhesive.**
Make sure to orient the pile of the carpet correctly. You should work quickly while doing this to get the patch in the correct position before the adhesive dries, which usually takes approximately 15 minutes.
Step 6: Tweak and allow the patch to dry. After placing the patch in the hole, tweak the patch to make it blend into the surrounding carpet.
You can use a pair of scissors to trim any long fibers that could make the patch look out of place.
You can also use a carpet seam roller to further go over the carpeting and help it to blend in even more. A carpet seam roller helps to blend the fibers of the patch with that of the surrounding carpet, thus hiding any visible seams.
Keeping your carpeting looking great can save you money in replacement costs. But, eventually, even the best carpeting becomes worn or damaged. You can replace damaged areas of your carpet by patching it. When patching your carpet, remember to properly match up the direction of the carpet pile and blend the seams using a carpet seam roller.