How to Patch a Carpet Yourself

Carpet patching is an effective way of fixing holes, stains, or burn marks. It’s an easier and more cost-effective method than replacing you’re entire carpet.

Steps to Patching Carpet

Tools and Materials for Patching Carpet

  • Screwdriver
  • Seam roller
  • Carpet knife
  • Fabric glue
  • Cushion back carpet cutter
  • Matching carpet pad
  • Matching donor carpet
  • Scissors
  • Adhesive carpet tape

8 Simple Steps to Patching Carpet

Use these carpet patching steps to replace sections of frayed, scorched, worn, and stained carpet.

Step 1: Prepare Your Tools

Gather your seam roller, carpet knife, and scissors. The carpet scissors should have a built-in blade to help protect your fingers. Make sure your adhesive, matching carpet, and carpet pad are nearby.

Step 2: Inspect the Carpet’s Damaged Areas

Take measurements of the damaged area to determine the right patch size. A carpet patch kit is ideal for DIY beginners. It makes cutting the exact size and shape easier. Inspect the carpet pad as well to determine whether you need to replace it.

Step 3: Make a Trace

Mark a square around the damaged section using a screwdriver. The pile from the patch should have a corresponding direction. Tape off the damaged part’s rectangular or square section to make tracing easier.

Step 4: Cut Away the Damaged Part

Cut out the damaged section using a carpet knife or the patch kit. 

Step 5: Cut the New Patch

Lay the damaged piece on the donor carpet to carve out the right patch size. Draw around it using a pen, and avoid cutting the tufts if it’s a wall-to-wall carpet. Except for the backing, ensure not to cut the carpet’s fibers.

Tip: Remnants from the original installation are ideal since the carpet pile is a match. Some carpet stores sell remnant carpets. You need to find one with matching material. 

Step 6: Determine in Which Direction the Nap Lies

Since the patch should match the carpet pile, its nap must run in one direction. Running your hand across different ways helps determine which direction the nap lies.

This step doesn’t apply to low-pile carpets like Berber or those that don’t show footprints. Set the donor in the right direction.

Step 7: Stick the Donor Carpet

Apply double-sided carpet tape to the patch before putting it in place. Trim any snags and add some fabric glue to the gaps. Professionals use heat-set tape when patching high-traffic areas.

You have one chance to stick the carpet tape down since it has adhesive on both sides. Use caution when peeling the backing from the tape. Slide the adhesive halfway up under each edge.

Press the edges to make the donor carpet patch stick. You’ll need to start over if you stick the carpet tape in the wrong direction.

Step 8: Press It to Blend With the Carpet Fibers

Blend the carpet fibers with a carpet seam roller. Press the roller in all directions until the seam becomes less visible.

Don’t press the edges too hard to avoid ripping off the edge tufts. Leave the adhesive to settle for 24 hours before vacuuming or walking on the patched area.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)FAQ

Can you patch a stained carpet?

Yes, you can. Carpet patching works for frayed, stained, worn, or scorched areas. It’s ideal for areas less than one square foot in size. Patching is also suitable for discolored areas. It eliminates the cost of replacing the entire carpet.

Is patching a carpet noticeable?

Overall, the carpet patch shouldn’t be noticeable if you do a proper repair job. The seam should be less noticeable if the patch and the old carpet have the same color and fibers. Following the steps in this guide will help make your carpet patch less visible.

How much does it cost to patch a carpet?

The national average cost of patching a carpet ranges between $140 and $200. The total cost depends on the type of stain or damage, carpet size, and material.

Which carpet repairs are most common?

Faulty carpet joins and holes are the most common problems you’ll encounter. Other common problems include pet stains, cigarette burns, and bleach.