How to Repair a Hole or Tear in Your Indoor Outdoor Carpet

What You'll Need
A Stanley knife or pair of scissors
A small cloth
Warm water
Black pencil or charcoal
Replacement carpet
Strong adhesive glue or carpet glue
A dustpan and brush

Repairing a hole in an indoor and outdoor carpet is a quick and easy job that can be completed by any DIY beginner. Carpets are used daily and can stretch over a period of time. This wears the fibers in carpets down and makes them more likely to snap and break. Fortunately, there are many carpet shops to choose from so getting a perfect replacement patch can be done easily, quickly and without much hassle.

Step 1 - Tidy the Hole or Tear

Use a Stanley knife or small pair of scissors to tidy up the edges of the hole or tear on the carpet. Use a cloth and warm water to loosen the fibers if they are firmly glued in place. This will stop the damage larger from becoming larger. Cut away excess fibers to leave an even and neat edge in order to help the replacement patch sit nicely. Be sure to avoid cutting through the carpet pad, cut slowly and don't press down too hard.

Step 2 - Cut a New Patch

Visit a carpet shop and get a large square of replacement material to keep and store for future use. Make sure the design of the replacement patch is the same as the main carpet. Take some of the tear you have cut away if you need to. Use the hole or tear as a template for the new patch. Trace over the top with a black pencil or piece of charcoal. Cut out the replacement patch and make sure it fits by placing it over the hole or tear. Make sure there is a little excess on the replacement patch to compensate for the fibers you have cut away when tidying the hole or tear.

Step 3 - Apply Adhesive

Apply some adhesive to the carpet pad where the hole or tear is. Also, cover the back of the replacement patch in adhesive. Fix it into place and pat it down with your fingertips. Allow the adhesive to dry for about half a day. Use a small piece of sandpaper to get rid of any excess glue sticking out from the carpet. Use carpet glue if you can as this will preserve the carpet pad and make replacement work easier in the future. It is also less likely to seep out from a tear so you will not have to sand it.

Step 4 - Finish

Rough up the replacement patch with your fingertips so that it matches the appearance of the rest of the carpet. Pick the carpet up and give it a firm shake. This will check that the patch is firmly in place and it will also get rid of any excess debris that may be lying on the carpet. Clean this up with a dustpan and brush. Your repaired hole or tear should now look perfect and should be ready to sustain more damage.