How to repair a carpet with carpet patching

How to repair a carpet with carpet patching



Carpets are beautiful assets to your home. They help keep the floors warmer, add color and texture to the space, and help the floor feel more comfortable under the feet. However, because people use the carpet regularly, the material becomes prone to wear and damage over time, especially with age. 

Carpet damage can come from a variety of different sources. Certain areas get worn out from constant use. Someone spills something that stains, water damage appears after a leaking pipe is repaired, rips pop up after moving furniture, and accidents — such as a bleach spill — can cause noticeable damage to your carpet. Those with household pets find that pet damage can also be a common source of carpet havoc.

Homeowners in these sitwwwions often want to know what they can do to repair these damaged areas. If your problem is more than wear and tear, carpet stretching or carpet cleaning will not be enough. Fortunately, you can fix many of these problems with carpet patching.

If you have not patched a carpet before, you should know it’s a potential DIY project for many homeowners, especially those who have experience with home improvement projects. We will walk you through patching carpets step by step to see what is involved in the process.


How to patch carpet step by step

Patch repair does not require a particularly long and drawn-out process, but it does call for attentiveness. You want to be careful as you repair your carpet to help place an effective patch as minimally noticeable as possible. Those without DIY know-how may want to turn to professional carpet repair services to help them fix any damage. We will walk you through the steps involved to see what is needed to accomplish this goal.

Step 1. Gather the required tools

Patching the carpet requires diligence and care to ensure you do the job right. You want your patch to blend in with the rest of the fibers as much as possible. Therefore, gather the tools and equipment you will need before you start. Make sure you have these items available to you:

  • Carpet tape
  • Replacement carpet patch (we will discuss finding the right option in the next step)
  • Marker or similar way to mark the carpet
  • Carpet knife or utility knife
  • Carpet roller

Step 2. Source the closest matching carpet possible

Once you have your tools, find the best possible carpet to use for your patch. The key to a patching job that looks as natural as possible is finding a carpet patch that matches your original carpet. If your new carpet does not match the original carpet thoroughly, your patch will stand out quite clearly once you put it into place.

Finding a piece of replacement carpet that matches your original carpet does not have to be too challenging. You will likely find potential patches around your home in places like your basement, the back of a closet or an attic.

If you used the carpet in only one room, you could also consider checking with the original seller. They will likely have your purchase information on file, and you can use that to buy an extra bit of the carpet. 

Remember, the closer you can match your original carpet, the easier the patch will blend in. 

Step 3. Cut out the damaged carpet section

Once you have the piece of carpet you can use for your patch, cut out the damaged portion of the old carpet. 

Start by marking the damaged section precisely where you will cut it out. Get down between the tufts of carpet to make an accurate cut that is not hindered by the carpet fibers. 

Then you will cut out the damaged portion of the carpet with a carpet knife or a utility knife. If you cut away the damaged piece and see that you have some tufts left behind, cut them out rather than pulling them. 

Step 4. Size and determine the nap direction of the donor carpet

Now it’s time to prepare your new piece of carpet. Make sure the portion you cut will fit precisely in the open section. Your best bet is to take the damaged piece that you cut out and place it on top of the replacement carpet to serve as a template. 

Trace around the cut-out carpet and then carefully slice around it. Once again, as you cut, make sure you get down between the tufts. Push them thoroughly to the side so that you can see through this layer to the base of the carpet. 

As you prepare your piece of replacement carpet, you also want to pay close attention to the direction the nap runs. In all carpets, the nap will run distinctly in one direction. Look at your existing carpet carefully to determine which direction the nap runs. Run your hand back and forth over the rug to verify which direction the fibers lean.

Repeat this process with the replacement carpet. To help your patch blend in with the original carpet as much as possible, you want to have the nap in the replacement and the original carpet running in the same direction. Therefore, note the path and pay attention as you prepare to proceed to the next step. 

Step 5. Apply the replacement section with carpet tape

Now that you have cut out your replacement carpet and aligned the nap on both portions, you will prepare to place the patch in the original carpet. You will use carpet tape, which has a powerful adhesive. It is sticky on two sides to adhere to both the floor and the piece of carpet. 

Both sides of the tape will have a protective backing so that you can get it into place properly. Keep in mind that once the carpet tape sticks to something, it will firmly adhere. Therefore, you have one shot at getting it into place. If you make a mistake, you will likely just need to start over with a fresh piece of tape.

Go around the perimeter of the hole in your carpet with the tape, which means you will need four tape strips. If your hole is tiny, generally less than 4 inches, you will likely need only two strips of tape. 

Begin by removing the back of your tape and placing it sticky-side down on the floor in the appropriate position. Press down firmly on the tape to make sure it is fully attached. Then remove the paper or other protective coating from the other side. Take your carpet patch and carefully lower it into position. Push the patch down firmly. 

You can use a carpet roller or something similar that will allow you to run across the carpeting in all directions. You want to get the fibers to move around so they blend in with the surrounding carpet as much as possible. 


Carpet patching FAQ

Sometimes, thorough cleaning services are not enough when a carpet gets seriously stained. When new carpet installation is not an option, carpet patching is often the best solution. 

As we explain to people how to repair their carpets, we often encounter some common questions. We will walk you through these frequently asked questions about carpet patching to help you better understand the crucial components of carpet repair. 

Can I fix just one patch of carpet?

Yes, you can fix just one patch of carpet. This project can also be a DIY project for those with basic DIY skills. You will need to carefully cut out the damaged carpet pieces and then install a patch that looks as close as possible to the old carpet. You can read more detailed instructions above. 

How do I fix a bald spot on my carpet?

If you have a bald patch on your carpet, you can fix it the same way you would another section of the damaged carpet. Your best solution will likely be to patch the carpet using a new portion of carpet that matches the original carpet as closely as possible. If you read the instructions outlined above, we walk you through accomplishing this goal step by step. 

Is carpet patching noticeable?

Yes, your carpet patch will likely be noticeable when you have finished. It is nearly impossible to find a patch that will match the original carpet in terms of color, texture and level of wear. In other words, people have walked around your existing carpet and worn down the fibers to some degree; putting in a new section of carpet will make one area look newer than the surrounding area.

However, you can minimize this impact by carefully sourcing a replacement carpet as close as possible to the original. Scraps from when you first installed the carpet work particularly well. Other options include sourcing patches from the back of a closet or buying the same carpet from the same supplier. These options will help you find a patch that blends in as much as possible. 


See how Cinch protects your home systems and appliances from costly repairs

As a homeowner, you know how quickly disaster can strike carpets. You can go from beautiful flooring to spills that stain in minutes. Fortunately, patching your carpet using the above steps can help you keep the space looking lovely.

As you work to protect and beautify your home, you want a resource that can help you protect the other major systems in your house.

Cinch Home Services home warranty plans protect important areas of your home. You can protect your built-in systems, like the HVAC system, or important appliances, like the washing machine or dishwasher. See how easy Cinch makes it for you to have peace of mind. Get started by viewing the plan options right now.


If your carpet has a stain that refuses to come out, carpet patching may be the best way to repair it. Learn more about the process.

Your home protection is ready and waiting!