Small Tears

  1. Slide a thin, flat-edged implement such as a ruler underneath the carpet and lift the torn edge.
  2. Fold back the torn carpet as much as the tear allows and run a line of latex seam adhesive along the bottom edge of the tear. Put the carpet back down and push it into place. Alternatively, cut a piece of heat-activated tape 1 to 2 inches longer than the tear. Slide it under the tear and iron over the tape with a steam iron, pushing the carpet into the heated tape.
  3. Replace any missing fibers along the tear. Carefully cut off a few fibers here and there from out-of-sight areas of the carpet – such as under a large piece of furniture or along the baseboards. Attach each fiber individually along the tear using superglue.

Large Tear Repair

  1. Use a chisel to pry up a corner of the carpet from the tack strips closest to the damaged section. Fold back the carpet far enough to expose the area under the tear.
  2. Sew 1-inch stitches to close the tear every ¼ inch on the back of the carpet, using a matching color carpet thread. Keep checking the top side of the carpet to ensure that the stitches are not showing.
  3. Apply a line of latex adhesive to the back of the carpet along the stitches. Create a wavy line that encompasses both sides of the stitches. Roll the carpet back into place and use a knee-kicker to reattach it to the tack strips.

Fixing Multiple Tears

  1. Draw a square around the damaged area, using chalk and a straight edge. Measure the width and depth of the square and cut a piece of spare carpet to size, according to your measurements.
  2. Cut along the chalk line with a utility knife and remove the damaged area. Avoid cutting through to the underlay.
  3. Attach double-sided tape to the underlay around the edges of the removed area. Place the spare carpet square into place and press it onto the tape. Use a fine-tooth comb to blend the edges of the existing carpet and the new patched area.

Things You Will Need

  • Flat-edged implement
  • Latex seam adhesive or heat-activated tape
  • Steam iron
  • Scissors
  • Superglue
  • Chisel
  • Needle
  • Carpet thread
  • Knee kicker
  • Straight edge
  • Chalk
  • Tape measure
  • Utility knife
  • Spare carpet
  • Double-sided tape
  • Fine-tooth comb


When you have a new carpet installed, keep the off-cuts for any future repairs.

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