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Cars / Trucks / Vans Category: Body Appearance


Carpet, as part of the vehicle's interior, has a visible hole.

Tools / Materials (See Below for Applicability):

  • Carpenter's knife / hobby knife

  • Clear, water-proof liquid cement

  • Tape measure

  • Bristled paint brush

  • Dampened rag/cloth



So, one day you're in your vehicle and you notice there's a glaring hole in part of the interior carpet! You wonder how it happened--a cigarette burn, a previously carried sharp-edged object--who may have done it, and then immediately lead to contemplate on how to repair the carpet so as to make the hole no more! Your insurance deductible is probably too high to cover such a repair or replacement, much less it may not be covered under your insurance policy at all. Then, you decide to resort to a relatively cheap fix that you can live with, and, hence, you're here for that fix information.

Caution: When dealing with chemicals, such as those found in cement glue, and sharp objects, such as a carpenter's knife, make sure you take precautions; read all product manufacturer instructions.

For a quick and inexpensive fix, you'll need to take the following steps:

  1. Examine the hole in the carpet to approximately gauge its diameter; it is strongly recommended to use a tape measure to better gauge the size so that your cut-out replacement, as noted below, will likelier be a better fit.

  2. Then, evaluate all of the interior carpet to best determine from which place can you cut a piece of the same carpet to be used to cover the hole that needs to be repaired. It goes without saying that you should identify relatively hidden parts of your interior carpet that are not normally seen on a daily basis from which you will be able to reap a piece of replacement carpet without causing more visual harm than need be.  A good place is interior carpet floor underneath the seats of your vehicle.

  3. Upon some deliberation, it's time to cut:  Using a carpenter's knife, or, if not available, a hobby knife, cut a small piece of carpet from the relatively hidden part of your vehicle's interior carpet (remember, a good place would be underneath the seats), making sure that as you cut that you keep in mind the size and shape of the hole that needs to be covered, cutting accordingly.

  4. Next, bring the carpet cut-out replacement taken from the relatively hidden part of your vehicle' interior carpet and place it over the hole:  It should adequately cover the hole, with no gaps. If not exact, it's a lot better for the cut-out to be a bit bigger than the hole as opposed to being somewhat smaller to the extent gaps are shown; if a bit bigger, you can also modify the cut of the cut-out by cutting strips away until you are satisfied with the size in relation as to how well it covers the hole.

  5. Once you are set with the carpet cut-out replacement, you must focus on how it will be attached with the use of clear liquid cement that can be purchased at virtually any home improvement store or online. Per the manufacturer's instructions, evenly apply the cement product on the metal that bears the hole and on the under part of the cut-out, followed by immediately and carefully placing this cut-out over the hole so as to cover it and then pressing on this cut-out for initially at least a couple o minutes.  Depending on the form in which the liquid cement comes, either in a squirt bottle or a small container, you will apply the liquid cement accordingly, following the respective manufacturer's instructions.  (For the container liquid cement version, you may have to us some sort of a paint brush that must immediately be cleaned upon use.)

Use a dampened rag/cloth to immediately clean up any liquid-cement mess, and, in the same breath, make sure you immediately wash your hands should you come into contact with the liquid cement.

  1. Make sure you do a good job of pressing on the carpet cut-out replacement once it's over the hole to make sure it is in place for proper curing; refer to the liquid-cement product manufacturer's instructions as to curing time.

  2. Make sure that, overall, the top fiber portions of the carpet cut-out replacement, once in place, are not somehow damaged by excessive liquid cement contact, and, if need be, use the dampened cloth to wash away any liquid cement.  The carpet cut-out replacement should blend in relatively nicely with the rest of the interior carpet.

All in all, following the above steps will help you do away with any holes in your vehicle's interior carpet..

Ed the Handyman


Your Handyman Zone Team




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