Making Small Stains / Burns / Holes in Carpet As If They Never Happened

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Even when we try our hardest to be careful, we are all bound to do some small damage to our carpets. I mean, come on. How can you actually expect something that covers the entire floor you walk on to stay spotless. The force of nature, gravity in this case, is quite literally working against you constantly and I think we all know that gravity always wins. As certainly as apples will fall from trees your carpet will get stained, burned, or cut at some point. Thankfully, these imperfections are usually small and can be easily fixed as I will demonstrate.

First off, a word of caution. This technique will not work for areas larger than about a square inch. This is for small, unsightly imperfections that detract from an otherwise good looking carpet. Also, it is highly advisable to attempt to remove a stain with stain remover first before attempting this fix.

I recently helped a friend move into a new place and there were a couple of burn marks in the living room carpet which I fixed and have documented one such fix here. The supplies you will need are as follows:

1) Small piece of extra carpet that matches the area to be fixed. I was fortunate to have extra carpet available from installation. If you are ever installing new carpet, always keep some scarps! If you don't have this good fortune you can use a utility knife to remove small bit of carpet from a hidden location such as a corner inside the closet or something.

2) A utility knife

3) A pair of scissors

4) Carpet stain remover spray

5) A scrub brush. Note that the bristles on the brush MUST be plain white (or in other words, have no colored dyes). If you use a brush with a stripe of blue, green, or whatever colored bristles you are very likely to stain that area of the rug that you scrub as some of the dye.

6) Super glue (I have used super glue for my demonstration and have had no issues in my experience. However, a better alternative as suggested by Tisu Tinker would be to use a silicone or latex based adhesive which can be purchased at any good hardware store. As Tisu explains in the comment section, super glue dries hard and can leave crunchy bits on the carpet around the fix if you are not very careful in making sure to keep it only on the back side of the plug. Silicone and latex adhesives are more rubbery and forgiving in this manner. Another point he made is that some carpets contain synthetics which can be partially dissolved by the solvent in the super glue. I haven't experienced any issue of this sort with carpet but I have definitely see the effect when using super glue on plastic pieces. In summary, either be very careful in making sure that your super glue does not get on your carpet fibers or use a more forgiving silicone or latex adhesive. Thanks for the great feedback Tisu! It seems to me that hot glue may also be another reasonable adhesive to use. I will try using one of these on my next fix!)

7) Paper towels

Of course I take no responsibility for any damages you cause by using these instructions. However, the process is very simple as you will see and gives outstanding results in my experience. Let's get started!
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DrRhodes (author)  kmartinez191 year ago
Thanks a lot! I know this info has served me well for many years and it was time to pass it on.
Due to my father & husband owning & operating a flooring business I've helped install carpet & flooring for just over 20 years now. I have to say this is a fairly good way to make a repair, but may I suggest you use something a bit more pliable than super glue. Something with silicone or a bit of latex would work better. (found easily at most hardware stores). Two reasons for this suggestion. 1. Most super glues will dry hard & you may end up with what feels like a crunchy/rocky spot. And 2. Many super glues can and will melt synthetic materials.. (which most carpets contain nowadays)
DrRhodes (author)  Tisu Tinker1 year ago
I am going to update the instructable to make this point so that those reading it will be more likely to see it and benefit than here in the comments.
DrRhodes (author)  Tisu Tinker1 year ago
Wow, great suggestion! I have used this technique for a dozen or so with maybe 5 different carpets with no issue but making sure that the super glue did not get on the fibers was always a concern. I hadn't considered the solvent in the super glue dissolving parts of the carpet since it is only applied to the back side, evaporates rather quickly, and isn't a large volume to begin with. I certainly see your point though and I will absolutely try using some silicone based adhesive next time. Thanks a lot for sharing your experience! Cheers!
I would love to use this, but the burn in my carpet is about the size of a baseball...
DrRhodes (author)  papayabadger1 year ago
All I can say is that I've never fixed a spot that big. I've gone up to about an inch and a half diameter spot with good success. I don't know of any other way to fix a hole like that except to replace the whole carpet and even a slightly imperfect fix is better than a huge burn mark. Personally, I would give it a shot but since I haven't tried that big it's beyond what I can recommend. If you do it let me know how it works and be sure to align the carpet plug to minimize the appearance of any seam.
Good work! Thank you for sharing this on Instuctables.
DrRhodes (author)  audreyobscura1 year ago
Thanks! It is my pleasure.