How you repair an area rug depends on what type of rug you own. Some types, such as oriental rugs, are better left to professionals when needing repairs. However, most area rugs should be easy to repair at home, saving a considerable amount of money. Follow the directions below for the appropriate problem.
Step 1 - Braided Rugs
You can easily fix braided rugs by removing the strand of loose thread and then using a rounded upholstery needle to sew the braid back together.
If a portion of the rug needs replacing, undo the rug braid to that point and re-braid, adding the appropriate lengths of material to make up for what was lost. Then, recoil the rug, sewing the coil into place from the bottom side of the rug.
Step 2 - Sewing
Other types of area rugs can benefit from sewing as well. Simply place the torn edges together and sew from the bottom using a rounded upholstery needle and some strong thread. Be sure to match the thread to the rug design if possible.
Step 3 - Take from Another Area
It is possible to take fibers from other areas of a rug and put them into the torn area if the rug is large enough. When doing this, be sure the area borrowed from is not visible. Using a toothpick and glue, attach the fibers to the torn area.
Step 4 - Glue the Area
If none of the fibers were lost when the tear occurred, it is possible to simply glue the rug back together. Brush away any dust or loose fibers before beginning. Add glue to one side and place the two torn sides together. Try to make this look as natural as possible. Rubbing with a nail brush once the glue is dry can often help.
Step 5 - Duct Tape
This is the simplest and fasted solution and provides another great option if all or most of the fibers are still in place. Simply duct tape the torn area together from the back of the rug. Again, try to make this look as natural as possible. Brush away small dust particles and loose fibers. Put the torn edges together and attach the duct tape.
Some area rugs are purchased cheaply and do not warrant professional repair in the first place. The simple methods discussed above will work in these instances and others. However, if you are looking to repair a more expensive rug, seek professional advice.
It doesn't have to be difficult to make these repairs, and they do not have to take much time. As long as the repairs are made when the tear is noticed, there will be no worry of the problem getting worse.
By employing the methods above, it is possible to both save money and hold onto carpeting that may have sentimental value by repairing tears at home rather than taking the rug to a professional.