How to Repair Spot Damage on Carpet

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  • 2-3 hours
  • Beginner
  • 100-400
What You'll Need
Carpet cleaner or stain remover
Dry paper towels or chamois
Carpet cookie cutter
Replacement carpet piece
Carpet adhesive or double sided carpet tape

Many things can damage carpet, and it can become unsightly. It can disrupt the natural pattern of the floor and can damage the overall aesthetic appeal of a room. Spot damage in a carpet is a very likely occurence as the carpet receives a fair share of abuse from heavy foot traffic, spills and stains.

This can easily be repaired, particularly when the damaged area is small enough to be repaired. However, before thinking of cutting away a small portion of your damaged carpet, it would be best to try cleaning the area first as most cleaners are capable of soaking away stubborn dirt and stains.

Step 1 – Clean the Affected Area

Use carpet cleaner or a commercially available stain remover to remove traces of dirt and stain on the damaged area. Spot damage is usually caused by spilling drinks or food items that produce dark stains such as red wine or ketchup. Follow the instructions provided on the carpet cleaner and have a few pieces of white paper towel ready. You may also use a chamois because it is capable of absorbing more liquid.

Do not rub the damaged area with the cleaner. Use a paper towel or chamois to gently press on the stained area. Cigarette burns are more difficult to remove. Use a sharp pair of scissors to carefully trim the damaged part of the carpet. Trim only the top part of the damaged area. Severe spot damage caused by cigarette burns should be cut and replaced when appropriate.

Step 2 – Cut the Damaged Area

Use a carpet cutter to remove the damaged area. Cut the smallest portion possible.

Step 3 – Cut Replacement Carpet

Cut the replacement carpet according to the size of the damaged area. You may use old carpet remnants found in the basement or inside the closet area. If the damaged area is small then you only need a moderate amount of replacement carpet to do the job.

Step 4 – Apply Carpet Adhesive

Apply carpet adhesive or double sided carpet tape on the back of the replacement material. Make sure that all exposed parts are covered in tape for maximum adhesion.

Step 5 – Stick the Replacement Patch into Place

Stick the replacement patch in place and press firmly. It would be best to align the patch according to the orientation of the pile or pattern of the old carpeting. Press the patch firmly for 30 seconds. Apply weight on the affected area to guarantee a strong bond. Let set for 24 hours and vacuum lightly to loosen the carpet fibers.

Spot damage is easy to repair but large damaged areas may necessitate an entire carpet replacement. It would be best to immediately clean nasty spills and stains to prevent carpet damage in the future. Have a roll of paper towels or a chamois nearby for quick emergency carpet clean ups.