We tread on carpet in our homes every day, taking for granted that it will always look great. An accidental spill can change the appearance of the carpet. Rather than ripping up and replacing this flooring, we can perform a quick repair. By using the proper technique, we remove the stain and seamlessly blend the repaired area with the rest of the carpet.
You will need:
Step 1: Gather remnants left from carpet installation. If these do not exist, cut a small piece of matching carpet from the rear of a closet or another inconspicuous spot. To cut, put the empty can on the nap side of the carpet and press the can down firmly so the rim makes an impression on the nap. Use the utility knife to cut around this outline.
Step 2: Put a piece of masking tape on the repair piece. Mark it with an arrow indicating the direction of the nap.
Step 3: Place a piece of tape near the damaged spot on the carpet and mark it with an arrow to identify nap direction.
Step 4: Outline the spot on the carpet by pushing the empty can down over it. Use the utility knife to cut along the outline made by the can rim.
Step 5: Cut a length of carpet tape that is two to three inches wider than the cutout area diameter. Peel the backing from the adhesive side of this tape. Carefully place the tape into the carpet cutout area. Smooth the tape flat from below so it will firmly stick to the carpet backing located around the opening perimeter. This step is made easier when half the space is covered with one piece of tape and a second piece is placed on the other half.
Step 6: Position the repair piece of carpet so the arrow faces the same direction as the arrow located near the cutout area. Press the repair piece into the opening. Put extra pressure on the edges of the repair piece and work its carpet fibers into the carpet surrounding it.
Step 7: If any fibers on the repair piece seem uneven with the rest of the carpet, trim these with scissors. Lay the scissors flat on the repair piece and trim only what is necessary to blend the repair piece into adjacent fibers.
Step 8: Put a heavy stack of books or piece of furniture on top of the repair area. Leave this there for two days to make sure the repair is secured and blends with the surrounding carpet.