If your carpet has small areas that need to repair, you might be to know that patching is a simple, cheap, and logically effective method of giving your carpet new life.

Before Starting

Carpet patching repair works wonders for small localized spots that are frayed, worn, burned or stained beyond repair. It is most effective on areas that are 1 square foot or less in size and that are not numerous.

If you have larger sections and numerous sections, you may want to consider covering the entire room. The reason: The patches blend reasonably into the rest of the carpet, but they will never be completely invisible.

Tools and Materials

  • Donor mats 
  • Crimping roller or an old comb
  • Double-sided carpet tape 
  • Carpet knife or utility knife
  • Carpet mat to secure the donor area

Installation Instructions

The carpet patch is a simple way to carefully cut out the damaged area and replace it with a portion of carpet donor of the same size. Since the donor area is filled with leftover carpet or not repaired, patching the carpet is considered a general improvement, but not a perfect solution, for the carpet as a whole.

Identify Donor Carpet

The donor carpet must be the same type of carpet as the damaged area.

Patches created with anything other than this – even patches that are in colour or stacked – will be noticeable. First, try to take from the residues:

  • Remains left from the original installation. You may find them lying around in a garage, attic, or basement.
  • Remains that you buy from a carpet shop. For this, it is necessary to have information about the brand and style of the current carpet to match it. A visual match is not reliable.

If you can’t dig up the remnants, you’ll need to cut out small pieces of your existing rug from hidden areas of the house. In order of preference, ideas include:

  • Wardrobe for clothes or linen
  • Water heaters or furnace cabinets
  • Under stairs
  • Under furniture, you don’t expect to move, like a media cabinet
  • Under beds

Section Cut Damaged

Use a pointed or capped pen to establish a square around the damaged area. Press the tool into the carpet between the clumps and drag it. This separates the clumps and minimizes the number of clumps that will be cut.

Use your rug or utility knife to cut the rug along the lines of the square. Try your best to only cut the bottom of the carpet, avoiding the clumps. Remove carefully. If some carpet fibres stick together, cut them instead of pulling them.

Get Donor Carpet

Take the piece you cut towards your donor’s carpet area. Place the piece on the donor mat. Use the piece and draw around it with the pen.

Similar to the previous step, trim the donor carpet, making sure to trim the back without trimming the tufts.

Decide on Nap Direction and Test Donor Piece

The carpet is ground so that its nap runs in one direction.

Swipe your hand across the rug in different directions to see how the rug sits naturally. Set the direction of the donor piece. Place the donor piece in the correct direction near the area you will be fixing and make sure it does not move.

Apply Tape

The carpet tape has adhesive on both the top and bottom. Because it is extremely sticky, you only have one chance to glue it to the carpet. If you stick it in the wrong area, it’s best to tear off the tape, unwrap it, and start with a new piece.

With the backing paper still in place, cut four strips of carpet tape to cover the perimeter of the patch area. If the patch area is 4 inches or less, cut only two strips, one for each side.

Remove the backing paper from one side of each strip as you apply it to the bottom of the carpet area, sticking it to the floor.

Place all four strips, then remove the backing paper from the top of all strips. Press down to attack.

Smoothing and Mixing

Using the carpet roller, comb or even a dry cloth, rub the carpet in all directions to blend the patch with the rest of the carpet. Pay particular attention to the edges.

Donor patch area or leave as it

If the donor area is not visible, it can be left unpatched. A better method is to apply the patch, using the method above, with a better residual carpet.