Making A Carpet Repair Patch For A Damaged Carpet
There can come a point that despite your caring for your carpets, and even using a professional carpet cleaning company, that a carpet develops a worn area which is visible. There are several ways you could deal with this, with the most extreme of them being to buy a completely new carpet for the whole room.
Rather than go to that extent, a more budget friendly option, is to use a small patch to cover and repair the damaged area. Here is our guide to how that can be done.
The first step is to establish exactly what the nature of the damage is with regards to its size. and whether a patch is going to be suitable for making the repair.
We must mention that this method of patching a carpet only really works for smaller areas. This means if the area is greater than one square foot, then unfortunately it might not be possible to fix it using a patch and might need to consider a completely new carpet.
If the damaged area is small enough, you now need to source a piece of carpet that can provide you with a patch that is going to match the carpet being repaired. It is here that you keeping remnants and off-cuts of the carpet, back when it was fitted will prove to be extremely wise.
In the event that you did not keep any spare pieces of the carpet, the next step is to speak to the carpet store or carpet company that you bought the carpet from. If they are still selling the same carpet then it should be possible for you to purchase a small remnant from them.
Where they no longer have that same carpet available, then you will need to resort to the least desirable option which is to cut a patch from your existing carpet. This can be done where the carpet is hidden or can barely be seen. Locations could be under the stairs, under a heater, under a large piece of furniture, or in cupboards.
Once you have your matching patch of carpet, you next need to mark an area around the damaged area, and ideally, this should be a square. Next, using a sharp utility knife, very carefully cut out the section where the marked area is, ensuring that you cut just outside the line so that the mark can no longer be seen.
Next, take the piece of donor carpet that you have and lay it on a flat surface. Place the square section you have just cut from the damaged carpet and lay it on top of the donor carpet to act as a template. Now, mark around this template, and in the same way as before, by cutting around the marking use your utility knife to create the patch that is now going to be used for the repair,.
For the final steps, you are going to need carpet tape, which has a very sticky adhesive on both sides. For this reason, you are only really going to have one attempt to position the patch, so make sure you are accurate.
Place a strip of carpet tape along each edge of the patch, carefully position it into the hole in the carpet, and then press firmly down on it. Once you are happy it is stuck, brush the fibres on and around the patch so that they blend with those adjacent to it.