Carpet Repair Costs
Unfortunately, no matter how much you spent on your cozy and beautiful carpet, no carpet is immune from damage or wear over time. Even if you’ve never spilled a drop of red wine, the colors of the carpet fade in patches due to uneven sunlight.
Thankfully, even if you have spilled or own pets, carpet repair is certainly possible, and carpet pros can do everything from spot dye a small area to completely replace a large patch. See the average costs of all carpet repair projects below.
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Table of Contents
- Carpet Repair Cost
- Carpet Repair Projects
- Small Stain or Spot Removal
- Carpet Patches
- Repairing Carpet Seams
- Carpet Cleaning
- Carpet Flooding
- Carpet Calculator
- Carpet Material Costs
- Find A Pro
Carpet Repair Cost
While carpet is not as popular as tile or hardwood, its inexpensive nature holds an advantage over their other flooring brothers. In addition to carpet installation, carpet repair is much more affordable than hardwood or tile repairs.
As you can see above, based on 7,800 national carpet repair projects, the average price comes in at $181. Of course, the price can fluctuate based on your location, the carpet pro you hire, your carpet material and the repair in question. Nevertheless, unless you are repairing a very large portion of your carpet, don’t expect to anything more than $400.
Carpet Repair Projects
Believe it or not, there are a few different types of carpet repair projects. While carpet cleaning is the most popular repair/maintenance item, there are a few others all homeowners must know.
- Small Stain or Spot Removal
- Carpet Patch Repair
- Carpet Seams Repair
- Carpet Cleaning
Small Stain or Spot Removal
One of the most common repairs for a carpet, as well as one of the easiest, is a simple spot or stain removal. Generally, a professional carpet cleaning company will charge a minimum of $100 to tackle a stubborn stain, and homeowners should expect to pay anywhere from $188 to $246 for in-home assistance.
Nonetheless, the type of stain and age of the carpet will determine the final price. Red wine stains are much harder to remove than most liquids. Likewise, older carpets can not fight stains as well as newer or modern carpets.
How to Remove Carpet Stains
On the other hand, if you want to save some cash, you could try removing the stain yourself. As we outlined in Carpet Stain Removal Tips For 12 Tough Stains, all homeowners can remove even the toughest of stains.
A few popular stain removal tactics include:
- Blood: Try one tablespoon of ammonia (not on wool carpets) with one cup of cold water. If that doesn’t work, try 1/5 cup chlorine (not on dyed carpets) to a 4/5 cups of water.
- Gum: Freeze the gum by covering it with ice in a plastic bag, then hit it with a blunt object like a spoon.
- Coffee: Blot up the excess coffee with a paper towel and then neutralize with one tablespoon of ammonia and one cup of cold water.
- Wine: Blot up the spill immediately. Mix ¼ teaspoon of white vinegar or non-bleach detergent and 32 ounces of water to neutralize the wine. If that doesn't work, try one tablespoon of ammonia with one cup of cold water and blot dry.
If the carpet has a visible hole, or if a particular stain simply can't be removed at all, then the best option may be to patch the carpet. Just like a puzzle, carpet pros should be able to take extra carpet you bought when you originally installed the carpet and replace the damaged area. That is why it’s vital to purchase extra carpet with any carpet installation. If you don’t, the patch may not look any better than your stained carpet.
The average cost of a small patch repair, when done in the home, should run between $178 and $218.
How to Patch Carpet
If you’re comfortable with scissors and tape, then you can patch up your carpet without a professional. To complete the project, you’ll need:
- Utility Knife
- Carpet Tape
- Extra Carpet
First, trace around the damaged area with a marker. Try to make the mark an easy rectangle or square. Then, cut out the damaged patch with your utility knife. Measure the removed area and then cut your replacement carpet roughly the same width and length. To be safe, add one to two inches to both the width and length.
Lay down your carpet tape around the edges of the damaged area. Place your carpet on the tape. Then, push the seams of the new carpet in the same direction of your current carpet. If you don’t want to use your hands, any cylindrical object will do.
To watch how it’s all done, please check out our friends at the DIY Network.
Repairing Carpet Seams
Another common carpet repair service is re-seaming the edges of the carpeting. This often happens to rugs, and even a single unraveled thread can turn into a frayed carpet and lend an ugly appearance. Thankfully, repairing carpet seams is a service many professional carpet repair companies offer. The cost of this service will depend significantly on the size of the repair that needs to be done, but average costs will run between $175 and $235 for up to two feet of carpet edge.
If you want to turn this into a DIY project, please follow the steps above. Repairing carpet seams is just like fixing a hole in your carpet.
The most popular carpet repair/maintenance project is carpet cleaning. Even if you vacuum every week, you should have your carpet professionally cleaned once a year. After all, you want your carpet installation investment to last and the best way to get the most out of your carpet is through cleaning.
No matter the stain or condition, the carpet pro will likely use one of these three methods:
- Steam Cleaning or Hot Water Extraction
- Dry Carpet Cleaning
- Carpet Shampooing
The most popular and by far the most recommended option among carpet cleaning professionals is steam cleaning. The pro injects a cleaning solution deep into the carpet and then vacuums it up. The overall price should range between $150 and $245.
A less risky DIY endeavor is the dry method. Dry carpet cleaning applies a small amount of chemical and a machine with two counter-revolving brushes moves the cleaning chemicals through the carpet's material. The liquid dissolves the dirt.
Finally, carpet shampoo is a special foam homeowners can rub into the carpet to attract soil. After it dries, vacuum and it should look as good as new. Beware, do not add too much shampoo as a vacuum may not be able to dry the entire carpet.
Many homeowners install carpet in the basement to offset those cold underground hangouts. According to HomeAdvisor, if your basement is flooded with clean water and dries within 12 hours, your carpet should be fine. If it isn't drying quickly, or the water was unclean, then you'll probably need to replace your carpet.
If you do decide to patch your carpet or replace a large patch, you may have to purchase more carpet. Even if you purchased extra carpet with the initial installation, you may need to buy more over the course of your carpet’s lifetime.
Fortunately, ImproveNet created a carpet calculator to help you determine exactly how much carpet you need to buy. Keep in mind, carpeting is usually sold by square yard, but some dealers give a square-foot price. Most carpet comes in rolls of 9, 12, or 15 feet wide. Buy extra if you’re ever unsure.
Carpet Material Costs
With any DIY project, the largest expense comes from materials. Carpet repair is no different. While carpet material costs will largely depend on the store and location, we have researched the average material costs for the most popular types of carpet on the market.
- Mohawk Smartstrand Carpet: $2 - $5/sf
- Nylon Carpet: $15 - $45/sy
- Stainmaster Carpet: $3 - $15/sy
- Plush Carpet: $0.50 - $3/sf
- Indoor Outdoor Carpet: $2 - $4/sf
- Carpet Tiles: $1 - $4/sf
- Olefin Carpet: $9 - $12/sy
- Frieze Carpet: $2 - $4/sf
- Berber Carpet: $1 - $10/sf
Find A Pro
Whether you’re fixing a hole in your carpet or removing a stain, you now know exactly how much it costs to repair your carpet. While we did outline many DIY solutions, carpet pros offer an expertise and efficiency few homeowners can attain. If you’re interested in speaking with a carpet cleaning pro near you, click here.
Last updated on Feb 13, 2017
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