The carpet is considered strong and healthy. This applies to both flat carpets and carpets that are laid on wooden floors or tiles and are intended to provide a little more warmth to the feet. However, after a few years of use or after a minor accident, holes can also form in carpets. In some cases, you can even repair the carpet by DIY methods.
Small damage or burn holes do not need a new carpet immediately. You can easily repair small flaws yourself. With the following tips to repair carpet cheaply and without professional help.
Nevertheless, owners should know when it is time to replace the carpet.
Repair holes in installed Carpeting
Repairs can be made to carpets that have been laid, provided the hole is not too big. Here, an area of up to five square centimetres is considered repairable. The repair is made easier if it is a carpet with longer fibres. The concealed area is not noticeable here. However, it can look different with carpets with a very short pile. Affected areas should then be repaired with the greatest care to prevent visual blemishes as much as possible.
Causes of holes in carpets
- Dropped cigarette stub
- Bugs like carpet beetles
Repair burn holes in the carpet
Very small holes such as burn holes or those that are formed by strong pressure from furniture feet can be closed again by hand. To do this, the person responsible removes some fibres from an invisible part of the carpet. If there is still waste left, it can also be used to remove fibres. The hole is then first cleaned and the edges mended with small nail scissors. A strong adhesive is then placed in the free area, onto which the removed fibres are placed. The hole should be filled before a book or another heavy object is placed on it. Here the adhesive mustn’t come into contact with the weight, otherwise, the new fibres can peel off again. If the repaired area has been weighed down for a few hours.
Repair larger holes in the carpet
Repairing larger holes in carpets works in a very similar way. For this work, however, a piece of scrap is required, which is why remains should always be kept after laying. If there is no more piece of carpet left, a visit to the hardware store can help you find a suitable piece. The large hole is first worked with nail scissors so that an even square is created. Then an exactly fitting replacement piece is cut out, which is then glued into the gap with strong glue. Again, it is worth weighing down with a flat object to secure the connection.
In the case of patterned carpets, the replacement piece should exactly match the existing pattern. Otherwise, the picture will be inconsistent and will become a disruptive factor in the long run.
In principle, the new fibres or the replacement piece may have a more intense colour than the rest of the carpet. This is especially the case with carpets that have been in use for a while and have faded a little. If you don’t mind the colour difference, you will find good solutions for small and slightly larger holes with the two options mentioned. However, if the hole is very large, it can hardly be repaired in a meaningful way. Then it is worth laying a new carpet.
Do not repair hand-woven carpets yourself
Woven carpets, which are used to beautify the living environment, cannot be repaired by a layman. Here it is still important to close the hole quickly to avoid further enlargement. If the carpet was not expensive, buying a new one is the best solution.
In the case of expensive carpets, however, it can also be worth going to a professional repairer. He doesn’t just close the hole, but rather fills it so that the torn fibres are interwoven with the new ones. However, since this type of repair requires a lot of fine-tuning, owners must expect comparatively high costs.
To prevent holes in the carpet in the first place, we will show you in further practical tips how to fight moths in the carpet and how to clean it properly.