How to repair carpet burns
It takes a few seconds of negligence to get a burn mark on your carpet. A hair straightener left on for too long or accidentally dropping a fireplace ember can quickly leave a mark on your carpet.
Before you fret and start dialing the professional cleaners, take a deep breath, and follow my advice. With a few supplies and patience, you can get rid of the smaller burn marks yourself.
Of course, you’d have to call the professionals for cleaning an iron-sized burn mark, but don’t go spending hundreds of dollars for a small cigarette burn.
Let’s discuss how to get burns out of carpet in a few easy steps.
Don’t be alarmed yet. You don’t need to have your eyebrow trimming expertise to work the tweezers. Instead, the method simply involves straightening the carpet fibers using them.
Gather your supplies and get to work.
Use your tweezers to pluck the carpet fibers and make them stand as tall as possible. Doing this will help you spot the burnt pieces.
Now that all carpet fibers are straight and well apart from each other, take scissors to cut the burnt fibers. Make sure only to cut the affected area and not mess with the lower layer.
You may want to be patient in this step, or you’ll end up giving your carpet a bigger trim than needed.
If the fibers are tight or flat at some point, pluck them with a tweezer and cut the burnt ones. After cutting, brush the burnt fibers aside and vacuum them later.
Apply the recommended amount of carpet cleaning solution and let it sit for the specified time. Always follow the recommendations on the cleaner’s packaging.
If the stain is too dark, use a clean rag to scrub the area.
Cut some fibers from a hidden area of the carpet, such as the part under the furniture. Make sure to cut the same amount and length as you did earlier.
Then, apply some waterproof fabric glue to these fibers. Glue them to the burned area, covering the whole section properly.
Let dry for 24 hours. After drying, trim and flatten the new fibers to meet the level of the surrounding fibers.
If you don’t want to cut carpet fibers from another area, use fabric paint to hide the stain. Get a paint color as close to your carpet’s color as possible and apply it to the affected area using a thin brush.
Let it dry for 24 hours or as specified on the paint bottle.
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This method is a bit more complicated than the previous one, but it’s nothing that you can’t do with a little help from your spouse or friend.
After gathering your supplies, follow the given steps. Keep a heavy object like a pebble or an encyclopedia nearby. You’ll need it in the later stages of this method.
Use a sharp razor to cut the affected area out of the carpet. Make sure to cut through the carpet till the adhesive base comes off easily.
It’s better to cut in a regular shape, such as a square or a rectangle, as they’re easier to replace.
To hide the burnt section, cut another part of the carpet from an inconspicuous area. Use the carpet you cut in Step 1 as a template to cut the exact size of the unaffected part.
Alternatively, if you have a piece of the fabric sample you received when buying the carpet, you can cut out a swatch from that too.
Cut a piece of woven backing, the same size as the new carpet piece, and apply permanent glue on its back. Also, apply glue to the burnt area’s edges and the new section you cut in Step 2.
Allow the glue to dry for some time.
Place the woven backing where you cut the carpet in Step 1. Lift the surrounding area to fit the backing securely. Put the new patch on top of this and use your hands to press it.
While the glue does its wonders, use a pair of scissors to snip off loose carpet fibers. Using a wide-toothed comb, adjust this newly-glued patch in place until it matches the surrounding carpet.
Your job is now done. Now, it’s up to the glue to do the rest. Put a heavy book on the glued area and let it sit for about 24 hours.
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Getting burn marks out of the carpet isn’t a child’s play, especially if the mark is slightly bigger than a small cigarette burn. However, it doesn’t mean your first response should be to throw away all your savings for the month at professional carpet cleaners.
Instead, you can use one of the methods I’ve mentioned to clean the carpet burn. Tried and tested, both methods are effective against small burns.
Now, it’s time for you to tell me:
Tell me funny – or horror – stories about the times you burnt your carpet. Plus, leave your feedback in the comments below.