How to Fix a Hole in Your Carpet

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how to fix a hole in your carpet

Carpet can be a great floor covering if you know how to maintain it and take care of it. 

However, no matter how much work you put into maintaining your carpet, accidents happen. Carpeting is especially susceptible to holes and they can easily show up after a while. 

Pets, furniture, and any number of day-to-day uses can put holes in your carpet. 

Luckily, there are things you can do to fix a hole in your carpet. 

In this article, we have laid out the steps to fixing holes in carpet. This job can be done in a few hours and is relatively easy.

By following this guide, you can get your carpet looking new again. 

Fixing a Hole in Your Carpet: Basic Idea

Fixing a hole in your carpet is a fairly simple job if you follow the correct steps. These steps include: 

  • Find a matching piece 
  • Cut out the hole area
  • Prepare the patch 
  • Cover the hole 
  • Fix the hole without extra carpet 
  • Fix a burn hole

Why Fix Holes in Your Carpet?

why fix holes in your carpet
No matter how well you take care of your carpet, you are going to end up with some damage

There are all kinds of things that can thin out carpeting, especially if it gets a lot of use. 

In high traffic areas, carpeting can get worn down, and eventually, the fibers will thin. When this happens, the carpet backing can develop holes. 

You should fix any holes you see as soon as you notice them. 

If you don’t fix the holes, you could end up damaging the subfloor beneath the carpet. This will be a much more costly fix than simply patching up the carpet. 

On top of this, you might be surprised how much better your home will look without the carpet holes. 

Find a Match 

The first thing you will need to do to fix holes in your carpet is finding a matching piece. 

It is recommended that you buy a little bit of extra carpet when installing it originally. Having these extra pieces will allow you to make any necessary repairs as they come up. 

If you don’t have any extra pieces, a flooring center can help. 

When you cut out the patch for the next step, take it to a professional. They will be able to find the right match for you and get you a piece to do the patching. 

It is very important that you get the exact same color and type. This will make the patch seamless and it will be indistinguishable from the rest of the carpet. 

Cut Out the Hole

You will need to cut out the patch of carpet surrounding the hole. 

Using a utility knife, cut around the hole and remove the piece of carpet around it. If possible, cut a perfectly square piece. 

Make sure that you remove any of the areas that are starting to thin. You will want the fibers to have the same consistency to get a seamless patch. 

Check and see which way the fibers of the surrounding area are going. The new patch will have to go in the same direction. 

Prepare the Area

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Once you have removed the patch with the hole in it, prepare the subfloor underneath. 

Using double-sided carpet tape, cover the subfloor. Pull up the sides of the carpet and place the tape underneath them to get a solid seal. 

If there is carpet adhesive on the subfloor, you will need to sand it off. 

Using a utility knife and sandpaper, remove the dried carpet adhesive. It is very important that you wear a mask when you do this, especially if your home is old. 

Patch the Hole 

Once you have laid down the carpet tape, you can then patch the hole. 

Make your patch piece slightly bigger than it needs to be. This will give you room to make the seam as small as possible. 

Place the patch into the hole. Using your utility knife, slowly cut away the excess carpet to make a perfect fit. 

Once the patch is in place, agitate the fibers to make sure the patch is seamless. If this is done correctly, you will not be able to see where the patch has been made

How to Fix a Hole in Carpet Without Extra Carpet

If you can’t get a hold of any extra carpet, there are ways to fix holes, however, they are limited. 

If the hole is small enough, you can simply cover it with individual fibers. 

Find an inconspicuous place on your carpet that is not readily visible. This can be underneath furniture or in the bottom of your closet. 

Trim some of the fibers off using a razor blade or sharp pair of scissors. Make sure the fibers are long and that you gather enough of them.

Then, using a waterproof adhesive and a cotton swab, cover the hole. Place the fibers in the hole and get them to stand up on end as much as possible. 

Muddle the fibers so they blend in with the original carpet. If you have enough fibers in the hole, you will not be able to see the seam. 

How to Fix a Burn Hole in Carpet

If you have a small burn hole in your carpet, you may be able to fix it quite easily. 

Using a carpet cleaner, scrub the area that has the burn hole. Many times, this will be enough to clear out the burned patch. 

If this doesn’t clear up the burn all the way, simply cut the burn out with a utility knife. 

Then, once you have a blank hole, fill it in with carpet fibers using the method above. If this does not work, you will need to cut out the whole patch and replace it. 

Frequently Asked Questions

faq how to fix a hole in your carpet

Can you use super glue on carpet?

If you have no other options, super glue can work as a carpet adhesive. 

One of the issues with super glue is that it is very difficult to remove. If you need to remove your patch, it can be incredibly hard. 

Will vinegar remove carpet glue?

If sanding won’t remove the carpet adhesive, vinegar can work. 

Create a solution of half water and half vinegar. Let the solution soak into the carpet adhesive and remove it with a utility knife. 

Can carpet be restretched?

If you are noticing that your carpet is lumpy or loose, it may need to be restretched. 

While this is something that you can do yourself, it is best to have a professional do it. They will have access to the right tools and can get it done much quicker. 

Conclusion 

If your carpet has holes in it, you know how this can affect the look of your home. 

By following the steps above, you can fix holes in your carpet easily and quickly. Getting your carpet back to its original glory is easy if you know how to do the right preparation. 

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AUTHOR

Michael J. O’Connor is a writer and marketing specialist from the Bay Area of California. A graduate of Sonoma State’s Creative Writing program, he spent many years as a contractor and carpet layer, learning the ins and outs of flooring and general contracting. When he’s not typing away at his desk, he enjoys hiking with his dogs, woodworking and collecting rare books. See full biography here.

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