How to repair a car's carpet

Updated November 21, 2016

Car carpeting can look like a battle zone even after only a few months in an automobile. Food stains, cigarette burns and dirt wear down carpet fibres and ruin the aesthetics of the car's interior. This brings down the value of the car and makes the inside a less-than-enjoyable atmosphere when driving around. Repair a car's carpet to restore the look and enjoyment of the car.

Vacuum the car's carpet. Trim away the burnt carpet with a pair of scissors.

Locate an inconspicuous area of carpeting, such as underneath the seat. Trim off some carpet fibres and place fibres on a plate.

Spread waterproof glue on the hole. Pick up the carpet fibres with a pair of tweezers. Press the carpet fibres in the hole. Overfill the hole with the carpet fibres and place a paper towel over the area. Weigh down the paper towel with books or another heavy object and allow the glue to dry for several hours.

Trim the carpet fibres, so that they blend in with the surrounding area of the carpeting. Vacuum to fluff up the car's carpet fibres.

Vacuum the carpeting carefully around the tear. Thread a needle with string that matches the colour of the carpeting and knot it at the end.

Press both sides of the carpeting together with one hand. Push the needle through the underside of one of the sides of the tears, so that the knot won't be evident.

Make a running stitch that goes from one side of the tear to the other, thus gathering the material and closing the tear. Make a knot when the tear has been sewn up and press the knot and underneath one of the stitches.


Repair tears that are shorter than an inch. Any tear longer than an inch might need to be repaired by a professional.


Avoid more tears by placing plastic floor mats in your car.

Things You'll Need

  • Vacuum
  • Scissors
  • Plate
  • Glue
  • Tweezers
  • Paper towels
  • Books
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Plastic floor mats
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