How to Repair a Rug


If you have a rug or a piece of carpet that has been damaged, there are some methods of repairing it on your own. Types of damage to carpets and rugs include burns, chewing gum, holes, tears and stains.

Things You'll Need

  • Plastic bag
  • Ice
  • Dry cleaning fluid
  • Clean towel
  • Oxygen cleaner
  • Razor blade
  • Waterproof adhesive
  • Utility knife
  • Double-sided carpet tape
  • Curved upholstery needle
  • Strong monofilament thread
  • Remove chewing gum stuck in your rug by freezing it. Fill a plastic bag with ice and place it on top of the gum until it becomes hard. Scrape the hardened gum off the rug fibers. If there are still particles of gum stuck in your rug or carpet, use a small amount of dry cleaning fluid to dissolve the remainder. Blot up the excess dry cleaning fluid with a clean towel. This method may also be effective for other types of gunk stuck in your rug.

  • Use oxygen cleaner to remove stains in rugs or carpet. Test a small inconspicuous area of rug with the oxygen cleaner first to make sure it does not change the color of the fibers. Spray the oxygen cleaner onto the stained area. Blot up excess with a clean cloth including the stain.

  • Shave off the tips of the rug that are damaged. If the area of rug has a small burn from a cigarette and the rug fibers are long enough, trim off the tops of the burnt rug fibers. It should not be noticeable on most rugs if the burn is not too deep. This method can also work for chewing gum or other types of gunk stuck in your carpet.

  • Replace the individual rug strands that are damaged. Find an inconspicuous area of rug, such as the back of a closet, and snip off the rug strands as close to the carpet backing as you can. Get as many strands that you will need to fill up the damaged area. Go back to the damaged area and snip the damaged strands off, all the way down to the rug backing. Use a waterproof adhesive on the bottom of each new rug strand and stick it onto the rug backing. Fill the entire area with new rug strands. Let it dry for 24 hours.

  • Cut out the entire damaged area of rug, including the backing, and replace it with a rug remnant you saved from installation. Use a razor blade or utility knife and cut a square around the damaged area all the way through the backing, but not the pad. Place double-sided carpet tape around the edges of the rug still in place. Cut a piece of your saved remnant rug the exact size of the piece you cut out. Insert the new piece of rug into the hole. Press the edges firmly onto the carpet tape. Set something heavy on top of the replaced area overnight to make sure it securely sticks.

  • Repair a rip or tear in your rug. Using a curved upholstery needle and strong monofilament thread, stitch the rug back together. You may need a person to lift the rug and pull the edges close together while you sew.

Tips & Warnings

  • Check your homeowner's insurance policy to see if it covers rug repair. Insurance policies usually cover damage to rugs or carpet that are secured to the ground but not throw rugs.

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