Written by April Reinhardt (last updated March 16, 2020)
If you're reading this article, then chances are you are looking for the easiest, least-expensive, and best way to replace damaged sections of carpeting. It doesn't really matter what caused the damage, since you have reached the point where you know that your only alternative is to cut away the damaged sections and replace them with undamaged sections. The first thing you'll need to do is find a remnant or leftover piece of the same carpeting that you're replacing. Hopefully, you have saved leftovers from when your carpet was laid. However, if the carpet was already laid before you moved into the house, check the attic, basement, garage, or utility closet for carpet remnants. If you can't find any remnants, you can take a picture of your existing carpet to your local carpet store or warehouse, and have a knowledgeable staff member help you match a remnant to your existing carpet. Once you've got a remnant that matches your carpet, follow these guidelines to replace the damaged sections of your carpeting. You can find all of the tools you'll need at your local carpet, home improvement, or hardware stores.
Allow the glue to dry for at least eight hours, taking care not to walk on the area during the curing time. Place a very heavy object on top of the patched carpet, making sure that you place a clean cloth between the object and the carpet.
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