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Carpet Repair Cost

Carpet Repair Cost

National average
$200
(repairing a large burn mark by stretching the carpet and using the excess as a patch)
Low: $100

(repairing a small tear that does not require a patch)

High: $1,000

(deodorizing and cleaning a pet-stained carpet and repairing several holes left by pets)

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Carpet Repair Cost

National average
$200
(repairing a large burn mark by stretching the carpet and using the excess as a patch)
Low: $100

(repairing a small tear that does not require a patch)

High: $1,000

(deodorizing and cleaning a pet-stained carpet and repairing several holes left by pets)

Cost to repair carpet varies greatly by region (and even by zip code).
Get free estimates from carpet installers in your city.

The average cost of repairing a carpet is $200​.

How Much Does It Cost to Repair Carpet?

Carpeting makes an attractive and comfortable floor covering for many rooms in your home. While most carpets are designed to last for years, they are sometimes damaged through accidents or improper installation. Thankfully, in many cases, carpets are easily repaired, restoring their appearance and condition quickly and easily.

Many different issues affect carpets and the size of the area varies, which impacts the total project cost. For this reason, there is a wide range of associated costs. The average cost range to repair a carpet is $150 to $300, with most homeowners paying around $200 to repair a large burn mark by stretching the carpet and using the excess carpet to make the patch.

Cost to Repair Carpet

Carpet Repair Costs
National average cost$200
Average range$150-$300
Minimum cost$100
Maximum cost$1,000


Carpet Repair Cost by Type of Problem

Carpets are damaged in a variety of ways. The type and extent of the damage dictate your base repair costs. Many carpet professionals charge a minimum fee of around $100 just to come to your home. In some instances, it is not more expensive to get a few repairs done at one time than to get a single repair because each repair after the first is charged at a lower rate:


Carpet Repair Cost

Carpet Repair Cost


ProblemSolutionAverage Cost
Tear or rips

Creating a new seam

Patching the area

$100-$250
Loose/buckling carpet

Stretching and retacking the carpet

$100-$300
Burned carpetPatching the burned area$125-$250
Bleached or sun-damaged

Dying the carpet

Patching the affected area

$125-$600
Water damage

Cleaning

Dying the carpet

Restretching

Replacing the pad

$450-$2,000
Pet damage

Cleaning and deodorizing

Patching

Stretching

Replacing the pad

Sealing the floor

$500-$2,000


Repair Torn Carpet

To repair torn carpet, the carpet repair professional has a few options based on how badly it is torn. Torn or ripped carpeting with two sides touching one another and no missing sections can be glued or tacked down to create a new seam. However, to repair a ripped carpet with a missing section, you need to make a patch. This is taken from a spare piece of carpet, a closet, an inconspicuous area, or the carpet is stretched, and the excess is used to repair. Depending on how big the tear is, location, and steps to repair it, this costs $100 to $250.

Fix Loose Carpet

If your carpet is loose or buckling, this is a trip hazard and unattractive. Carpets come loose with a lot of wear and, in some cases, improper installation. Carpet buckling repair involves stretching the carpet, removing the excess, and tacking it back down. Sometimes during this process, you may also fix other issues like squeaks or replacing the padding. The costs for this process start at $100 to $300, but if you have multiple rooms, the cost only goes up by about $45 - $65 for each additional room you need stretched.

Carpet Burn Repair

The only way to repair a burned carpet is to cut the burned area away and patch the carpet. This has a range of costs based on the burn size and where you get the carpet from for the repair. For example, a carpet iron burn repair cost is higher than a carpet cigarette burn repair cost. And, a repair made from a carpet remnant costs less than a repair made if you need to stretch the carpet first. Expect most carpet burns to fall between $125 and $250 to repair.

Bleached or Sun-Damaged Carpet Repair

If your carpet is discolored in places, whether through sun damage, a spill, or bleaching, you may have this repaired with a few methods. If the area is small and you have matching carpet to patch it with, a patch is the most economical method, starting at $125. However, if you have a bigger damage area or multiple small areas, you may want your carpet dyed. Dying the carpet is a good solution for bleached carpet repair or restoring carpet sun damage because it restores color to a large section. Expect costs of up to $600, depending on how large the area is.

Carpet Water Damage Repair Cost

If you have had a flood or some other type of water damage to your carpet, several things may be done to fix it. This depends on the type of water (clean, gray, or black), and the extent of the damage. You may need cleaning, pad replacement, deodorizing, or carpet stretching. And in many cases, you often need a combination of different services to restore your carpet. For this reason, there is a range of costs from $450 to $2,000, starting with a basic cleaning and moving up from there.

Pet Damage Carpet Repair Cost

Pets do a lot of damage to carpets. They cause rips and tears, dig up sections, cause the nap to fray, and urinate on the carpet, leaving difficult-to-remove odors. With so many issues, there is often a range of solutions needed to restore your carpeting, along with many associated costs. Your carpeting may need cleaning and deodorizing, patching, stretching, pad replacement, or subfloor sealing to restore its original appearance. This process costs $500 to $2,000, depending on what needs to be done.


Modern living room decor with carpet installed


Carpet Restoration Cost by Method

Different carpet repair methods have a range of costs for each restoration type. Sometimes, this is impacted by the carpet type, with Berber costing more to repair than other types. At other times, it is impacted by the room or repair size:


Carpet Restoration Cost


MethodAverage Cost
Carpet Stretching$100 - $300
Carpet Patching$125 - $250
Carpet Dyeing$125 - $600


Carpet Patching Cost

Carpet patching costs are based on the repair size and where you get the patch from. Ideally, if you have leftover carpet, this is used to make the patch because it is a good match to the existing carpet. Otherwise, they may take a section from a closet or other inconspicuous area. If this is not possible, the carpet is sometimes stretched, and the excess carpet is cut and used for the repair. If none of these options are possible, then the repair is done from the closest match the repair person has available. Because of the range of repair options, the cost of patching ranges from $125 to $250 in most cases. If stretching is involved, it costs up to $300.

Carpet Stretching Cost

If your carpet is loose or buckling or needs a section for a small repair, it may be stretched. This is the process of physically pulling or stretching the carpet more tightly across the floor, then cutting away the excess, and tacking it down. Stretching helps a carpet look newer, and if damage was showing on the edges, stretching even helps eliminate it. Stretching has a base cost of $100. This is the cost of doing a single room of any size. The carpet stretching cost per room always starts at $100 regardless of the room size. But when doing more than one room, each additional room is usually in the range of $45 to $65, regardless of size. This includes some furniture moving.

Carpet Dyeing Cost

If your carpet has been faded or bleached in areas, then dyeing may help restore its color. Dyeing the carpet is not the best solution for changing the color everywhere, but it helps match a faded section to the rest of the carpet. This is usually a quick procedure and gives very good results. Depending on the size of the area, it costs $125 to $600 on average.

Berber Carpet Repair Cost

Berber carpet has a different nap than other carpeting, which makes it more challenging to patch and repair tears or seams. For this reason, it usually costs around 20% more to repair a Berber carpet than the same repair made on another carpet. For example, when patching a Berber carpet, the cost range is $150 to $300, rather than $125 to $250.


A carpet installer using a seam iron to join two sections of berber carpet in a bedroom


Factors Affecting the Cost of Repairing Carpet

Several factors impact the cost of your carpet repair. The first is the repair size, with larger and more serious issues costing more than smaller ones. The second is the length of time or the repair complexity if multiple cuts and stretching are needed before a patch is made. This costs more than if there is a remnant available to patch it. Because most carpet repair services have a minimum cost, many people wait until there are a few issues to deal with at once because this costs less than making each repair separately.

Finally, other minor issues, such as whether the pad needs replacing, the carpet should be cleaned first, and if there is readily available patching material, all impact the total cost.

Carpet Cleaning and Stretching Cost

If your carpet is in good shape but dirty and beginning to buckle, having it cleaned and stretched extends its lifespan considerably, making it look much younger. The average cost of cleaning and stretching together is around $250 but is higher if the carpet is severely stained or needs deodorizing.

Additional Considerations and Costs

  • If the damaged area is in a difficult-to-reach area, such as under heavy furniture or in a tight corner, it takes longer to fix. It also raises the cost of the total repair by roughly 10% to 20% on average.
  • In many cases, there is no charge to move furniture before repairing the carpet, but some companies charge a fee. Find out upfront whether you are expected to remove the furniture yourself or if it is included in the job.
  • You often receive discounts by repairing multiple areas at once, and in some cases, you may also get a discount for moving your furniture.
  • If you had a flood of clean water, it might be possible to dry it out by moving out your furniture and avoiding foot traffic. Otherwise, you may require more substantial help to restore the carpet. In some instances, it may need to be replaced.

FAQ

  • How do you fix carpet that has come untacked at the door?

Usually, the carpet needs to be restretched, then tacked again, possibly with a new transition strip.

  • Can you replace just a patch of carpet?

Yes, absolutely. This is very common, and it repairs holes and burn marks in the carpet.

  • Can you fix a ripped carpet?

Yes, if the ends match up, the rip may be glued or tacked down easily. Otherwise, a patch is used.

  • How do you fix a lifted carpet?

Usually, the carpet needs to be stretched, then tightly fastened down at the edges.

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Compared to national average
Alexandria, VA
+2%
Athens, GA
-9%
Austin, TX
+13%
Bakersfield, CA
-6%
Baltimore, MD
+12%
Bartlett, IL
+28%
Bothell, WA
-6%
Cabot, AR
+4%
Canton, GA
-5%
Chicago, IL
+40%
Cleveland, OH
+7%
Coldwater, MI
-21%
Columbia, MO
-19%
Columbus, OH
+5%
Corona, CA
+19%
Cumberland, RI
+12%
Denver, CO
+1%
Emeryville, CA
+46%
Evansville, IN
+7%
Fort Worth, TX
+6%
Frederick, MD
0%
Glendale, AZ
-2%
Green Bay, WI
+2%
Greenville, NC
-26%
Groveland, FL
-7%
Grovetown, GA
-11%
Honolulu, HI
+35%
Hope Mills, NC
-21%
Houston, TX
+24%
Indianapolis, IN
+6%
Irving, TX
+10%
Killeen, TX
-27%
Las Vegas, NV
+7%
Lexington, KY
+1%
Littleton, CO
+2%
Los Angeles, CA
+11%
Louisville, KY
-7%
Mesa, AZ
-2%
Milton, MA
+43%
Minneapolis, MN
+25%
Newport News, VA
-12%
Norwalk, CT
+46%
Oklahoma City, OK
-12%
Orlando, FL
+2%
Pensacola, FL
-19%
Philadelphia, PA
+40%
Phoenix, AZ
0%
Portland, OR
+11%
Post Falls, ID
-25%
Quincy, MA
+38%
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