Repair Carpet Cleaner: How to Patch a Leaking Hose

What You'll Need
Waterproof tape

It is easy to repair a carpet cleaner hose and patch it if its leaking. This is simple to do and will only take a few minutes.

Step 1: Determine the Leak

Fill the cleaner tank with water and sit it on a hard floor, not a carpeted area. If possible, do this outside for less mess. Compress the handle so water will flow through the cleaner and into the hose. Watch for the leak and mark it with a waterproof marker.

Empty the tank, remove the hose and dry it completely before repairing it. It must be dry or the tape won't stick.

Step 2: Applying the Tape

Start about 2 inches from the leak and wrap the waterproof tape around the hose, overlapping the tape and pressing it down to form a seal. Cover the leak area and continue on past it another 2 inches or so. This will enable the tape to form a tight seal over the entire leak. It will also reinforce the hose if its weak.

Step 3: Test

Refill the tank as in Step 1 and test the hose to confirm the leak is sealed. If it is still leaking you will need to repeat the above process to determine if there is another area leaking or if that area isn't sealed tightly enough.