How to Patch Carpet

What You'll Need
Carpet glue
Utility knife
Carpet patch
Tin can

When considering what to do about those awful stains that you are unable to hide or cover up, it is more cost effective to patch the carpet than it is to replace the whole thing.  When done properly, a carpet patch will blend right in and last just as long as the rest of the carpet in the room. 

Step 1-Remove Spot that Need Patching

Cut around the damaged area with a utility knife, making sure the blade is new.  Be careful not to cut into the carpet pad underneath and be sure to cut away from your body to protect yourself from an accident.  You’ll want to cut with 1 motion on each side so that your edges are smooth.  (If the affected spot is small enough it may be better to use a tin can, such as a coffee can, to better get an exact match.  Just press the coffee can firmly to leave an imprinted circle and then use it as your guide to cut.)

Step 2-Cut Out the Patch

Use the piece you had just cut as a guide to make an exact pattern of your replacement carpet patch, making sure the direction of the carpet pile is the same.  If you were unable to get an exact color match from a carpet store, you can cut out a piece from the corner of a closet that has the same carpet.

Step 3-Apply Glue

Evenly distribute the carpet glue on the backside of the carpet patch as well as on the carpet pad that is now exposed.  You will want to put some glue underneath the carpet that surrounds the hole to reinforce the edges of the patch. 

Step 4-Place the Patch

Place the carpet patch in the same direction of the carpet pile matching and press firmly.

Step 5-Allow Glue to Dry

Let the glue dry for about 5 to 6 hours and then vacuum the area.  For the first few days, avoid the patched area as much as possible as it is possible to snag the patch and ruin your handy work.