How to repair rug edges

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How to repair rug edges
Repair a frayed edge to prolong the life of a rug. (Carpet image by big from

A rug adds grace and elegance to a room. When rug edges fray and develop loose or stringy threads, you can prolong the life of the rug and repair the worn edge yourself. This type of rug repair involves no practical experience or training. Set aside an hour to repair a rug edge approximately 3 inches in length. Allow additional time for repairs on frayed edges longer than 3 inches. Get busy with rug edge repairs and help your rug retain its original charm.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Scissors
  • Fabric pen
  • Painter's tape
  • Fabric glue

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  1. 1

    Perform a thorough rug cleaning before attempting any repairs to the rug edges. Deep cleaning lifts loose and frayed fibres, making them easier to locate and repair.

    How to repair rug edges
    Clean the rug thoroughly before making any repairs. (Sauberkeit image by Michael Homann from
  2. 2

    Scrutinise all edges of the rug and determine which edges need repair work. Use your scissors to snip off long threads. Cut them short without causing damage to adjacent fibres.

    How to repair rug edges
    Use a pair of scissors to snip off threads. (scissors image by Mitch DiMauro from
  3. 3

    Maintain colour consistency and select a fabric pen having the same colour dye as the rug edge. Repeated pressing of the pen point against the frayed edge will restore the colour.

    How to repair rug edges
    Choose a fabric pen having the same colour as the rug edge. (Children"s colour felt-tip pens image by Igor A. Bondarenko from
  4. 4

    Reduce the chance of fibre damage from glue spray. Use painter's tape to cover the areas adjacent to the repaired edge of the rug.

    How to repair rug edges
    Protect rug fibres from glue spray with painter's tape. (blue painters tape image by Jim Mills from
  5. 5

    Hold the fabric glue spray can in an upright position and lightly spray a coat of fabric glue over the repaired edge. The fabric glue will bond the rug fibres together and prevent fraying. Remove the painter's tape after spraying. The rug can accept foot traffic again after the glue dries.

    How to repair rug edges
    Fabric glue spray bonds fibres together. (spray image by Dragana Petrovic from

Tips and warnings

  • Turn rugs frequently to reduce wear from foot traffic.
  • Spray glue is flammable, do not use near an open flame.

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