How to repair a snag or pull in berber carpet

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How to repair a snag or pull in berber carpet
Berber carpet is a strong and durable choice in flooring. (woollen carpet texture image by Tolbxela from

Berber carpet is strong and durable but may experience a pull or snag at some time. Sharp pet nails, sharp edges on an object or a vacuum cleaner can grasp a loop of the carpet and pull it out to form a very long loop. Behind the long loop a bare space in the carpet appears. Weaving the long loop back into the carpet backing will shorten the long loop and add loops to the bare area.

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Things you need

  • 2 long small flathead screwdrivers

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  1. 1

    Slightly tug on the snag or pull in the Berber carpet to determine which direction the weaving follows. For example, a slight tug on the left side of the pull that makes the pull even larger indicates that the weave travels in the other direction so repairs need to be on the right side of the pulled loop. Identify which direction to work the pull into the carpet.

  2. 2

    Insert a long small flathead screwdriver into the loop that is pulled out of the Berber carpet. This will prevent the snag from working entirely into the carpet in this method of carpet repair.

  3. 3

    Insert a second long small flathead screwdriver in the loop next to the pulled loop. Pull this screwdriver very slightly up so that the first loop of carpet pulls slightly down. Make this second loop slightly shorter than the first pulled loop.

  4. 4

    Pull the screwdriver out of the second loop and pull up the third loop of carpet from the pulled loop that is next to the second loop. Pull this loop up so that it is slightly shorter than the second loop. Continue this process working down the line of carpet until the original snag or pulled loop works back into the carpet.

Tips and warnings

  • The construction of Berber carpet involves weaving the loops in and out through a backing with loops on the front side of the carpet that are all the same length.
  • The amount of loops to pull the snag back through the carpet depends on the size of the snag or pull in the carpet.
  • Determination of the direction of the carpet weave is easier with a magnifying glass.
  • Do not cut off long loops of Berber carpet where there is a snag or pull, as it is one long continuous weave the length of the carpet. This will result in the bare spots remaining intact and they will not be repairable.

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