Cut out and replace
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Tool and materials
You'll need seam sealer, a cookie cutter carpet tool and adhesive pads for the repair.
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Cut out the stain
Twist to slice out the damaged area.
Do the same in a closet to cut a perfect patch.
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Stick in the patch
Lay in an adhesive-backed pad to secure the carpet patch.
Make sure the nap direction of the patch matches the nap of
the surrounding carpet.
Are you tired of looking at that wine stain your brother-in-law so graciously gifted you last Christmas? Before
replacing the carpet in the entire room, first try a cookie cutter repair kit. They’re
available online (search for “cookie cutter carpet tool”)
and at flooring supply stores. The idea is to cut out the
stain from the highly visible area and replace it with a
patch from a remnant, a closet or from under the sofa.
An adhesive pad holds the new piece in place. Some
adhesive pads require ironing. For a stronger bond, use
carpet seam sealer around the perimeter to fuse the backing
of the patch to the backing of the surrounding carpet.
You can buy seam sealer at home centers.
The kit we tried came with thorough instructions, but
here are a few things to keep in mind: You’ll need to cut
out the stained portion first so you can cut out a replacement
piece with an identical pattern. Even if your carpet
appears to have no pattern, it does. Before installing the
new piece, examine the backing on the carpet. It should
look like a grid of sorts (you may have to lift it up a bit).
The orientation of the grid on the patch should line up
with the surrounding carpet.
Try to clear a path for the cutting knives. The fewer
carpet fibers you cut, the better. This is harder to do with
looped-pile carpeting like Berber. If you’re lucky enough
to have a remnant, try a practice run on that. As with
most seams in carpeting, it might take a while for the
patch to blend in, but it will be less noticeable than the eye-grabbing merlot stain.