Household Cleaning Tips: How To Remove Burn Marks From The Carpet

Ideas on the way in which you can clean carpets that have been burned.

Every now and then, even the most careful smoker gets a little careless and drops a lit cigarette or burning ash on the carpet, creating a hole. Sometimes, a candle accidentally tips over, also harming the rug. No matter how it happened, this type of accident could be devastating for your carpet, causing irreparable damage. Before you roll up your carpet and place it on the curb, read on to see if your rug can be salvaged.

It's really not difficult to repair your carpet. It just takes a steady hand and a spare bit of carpet. First, take a piece of low grade sandpaper or a steel wool scouring pad and rub the burn mark until the melted fibers are no longer visible. You can also try scraping with a blade to remove the singed fibers. Brush using a whiskbroom or similar floor brush to remove any ashes. You can use the hose attachment on the vacuum cleaner for this as well. Hopefully, this will have removed the burn mark from your carpet. If this is not the case, you'll need to perform a little emergency surgery.

With an X-acto type knife, cut around the burn mark on the carpet. Make the cut a little bigger than the actual burn. Also, take care to cut out the damaged carpet only and not the padding or floor underneath. Using the cutout as a template, cut a new piece of carpet from either a remnant you may have around the house, or a hidden piece of carpet no one will notice, such as from inside a closet or under a piece of furniture.

Take your piece of new carpet, and using a hot glue gun, glue the bit of carpet into the spot where the burn mark originally stood, taking care not to get glue on the rest of the carpet. Make sure the sides are covered with glue. You don't want the piece of carpet to come up during routine vacuuming. Use a kitchen rolling pin or similar device to blend the seams together. Try not to let anyone walk on the carpet until it's completely dry. The last thing you want is for the piece of new carpet to end up on the bottom of someone's shoe.

If you're not comfortable trying this bit of carpet repair yourself; you may want to call an expert. First, try the carpet's manufacturer to see if they have a different recommendation for burn removal. Otherwise, you might need to call in a professional carpet cleaner to clean or repair the burned spot.

As a last resort, you may consider rearranging your furniture, or buying a new potted plant or other room accessory to brighten up the space and cover the spot. It'll probably be cheaper to do a quick room makeover this way than to totally replace your carpet. As you can see, a carelessly dropped cigarette or knocked over candle doesn't have to be a death sentence for your carpet. You may have to do a little minor repair work, but it's for a good cause. Besides, why throw out your carpet if you don't have to?

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