Step 1: Make an imprint

placing the cutter on the carpet
Photo: Kenneth Chen
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Rub your hand over the carpet surrounding the damaged section, and note which direction makes the carpet fibers stand up. Place the cutter, without blades, over the damaged area, and make three clockwise turns to push aside a ring of carpet fibers and expose the backing. Repeat these steps, including the rubbing, in the area where you'll be extracting the patch.

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