Average Carpet Repair Cost – 2019 Cost Guide

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2019 Carpet Repair Costs

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National Average Price $195
Typical Price Range $80 - $450


Over time, carpets will loosen from their tacks, and ripple or wrinkle, as well as get stained by pets and children. Even adults are not immune to spilling food, wine, and coffee. Worn areas might need to get replaced or patched to make it look new again. However, nothing beats the feeling of plush wall-to-wall carpeting under your feet.

Therefore, it might be worth the expense of frequent cleaning and sometimes repairs. Although it depends on what repair service you need, the average cost for carpet repair is $195. You might pay as little as $80 or up to $450. A local company might be able to deep-clean your carpet, patch frayed areas, remove stains, and add protective stain repellents.

However, since the typical price range to get new carpet is usually in the $1,200 – $1,400 range, repairing is often a cost-efficient choice.

Carpet Stains

Although using a carpet guard product like Scotchgard or Stainmaster can prevent stains from setting in, most homeowners consider these until after they get a stubborn stain that won’t come out.

Stains are a commonplace repair, particularly for pet owners and those with young children. Red Kool-Aid on a white or light color carpeting is a notorious problem and challenging to get out once it sets.

Pet stains, blood, coffee, and foods are other common problems. A professional cleaning often costs $125 – $250 and can usually get out stubborn stains.

If cleaning alone doesn’t work, you may need further repairs such as a patch or dye.

Carpet Weaving or Patching

Usually, when you get a cut, run, or hole in your carpet, you have two choices, cut that portion out and patch it, or use a tiny “plug” of the same material to make it match.

Professionals can also use patching to make worn areas look new again. The average cost to patch a carpet is $100 – $200 for each piece that needs repair. You can get a DIY repair kit for around $50. You could try that first and if you mess it up, then hire a professional.

Carpet Dye

If your carpet is still in good condition, you can get a professional to dye it to get rid of pesky stains and refresh the look. This service usually costs between $100 and $600 depending on how much carpet or square feet you want dyed. Although you could do this as a DIY project, the equipment and supplies necessary typically make it more cost-effective to hire a professional service.

Stretching Carpet

After a time, your carpet might need to get stretched due to high humidity or low-quality material or installation. Carpets will pull away from its tacking strip close to or under the baseboards. This movement will create wrinkles across the surface. This shifting of the foam underlayment or the floor covering can accelerate wear.

Many people think they need to replace the rippled carpet, but you can usually stretch and re-tack it to make it look brand new. You will need to hire a local stretching or repair business to pull and re-tack it. Some services refer to this procedure as “re-stretching.”

The average cost of stretching and re-tacking is $100 – $300 depending on how many square feet you need stretched.

Hopefully these repair tips help avoid the need for a full carpet replacement. If you are considering a replacement, try our carpet calculator.

All pricing information on this page is based on average industry costs, and is subject to variance for project-specific materials, labor rates, and requirements.