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How to get burn marks out of carpet

COIT’s Guide to Removing Burn Marks from Carpet

As we’re rushing about our busy days, frantically trying to get everything done, accidents tend to happen, right? As we reach for the ringing cell phone or run to do another load of laundry, we may accidentally knock a hot iron or a hot hair straightener off the ironing board or countertop and straight onto the carpet – yikes!

Well have no fear, fellow hot appliance users! COIT offers you a step-by-step guide to removing burn marks from carpet. With a few do-it-yourself techniques, your carpet will withstand the heat!

How to Fix a Carpet Burn Mark – Method # 1

  1. Using scissors, carefully cut the burnt part of the carpet out.
  2. Snip away some carpet fibers near a wall or inside a closet (where it won’t be noticeable).
  3. Glue the fibers onto the carpet to conceal the burn spot.


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How to Get Burn Marks Out of Carpet - Method # 2

  1. Using a small pair of scissors, cut out the burned part of the carpet.
  2. Using a mild detergent, clean the affected area using a sponge and rinse.
  3. Using a piece of scrap carpet cut out an area of the carpet that is larger than the burn spot. To help the new carpet blend in, be sure the color matches and the fibers run in the same direction.
  4. Place the new piece of carpet over the burned area.
  5. Using a utility knife, cut around the edges. You’ll also want to cut through the carpet below it. When you’re cutting through, stop before you get to the carpet padding.
  6. Lift the burnt piece of carpet out. Check to make sure the new piece of carpet fits. If it’s slightly off, trim until it matches the affected area.
  7. Using glue or double sided tape, apply the new piece of carpet to the affected area and let it dry for several hours. Avoid walking on this patch of carpet until it’s dry.

How to Fix Cigarette Burns in Carpet

  1. Using sand paper, gently sand away the burn marks that appear on your carpet.
  2. Using a handheld vacuum, get rid of any residue.
  3. If you see any black carpet fibers, use scissors to cut these fibers out.
  4. You may see visible scorch marks that remain. If so, use a solution that contains 1 part hydrogen peroxide, 10 parts water to remove them. 
  5. Soak a cloth in this solution and blot the area. Be sure to start on the outside and move into the middle.
  6. Rinse the area of the carpet with water and blot dry.
  7. Let it dry completely.

Using the above-mentioned do-it-yourself solutions, you’ll find answers to the question of how to get burn marks out of carpet. As with any stain on carpet, the sooner you act, the better chance you have of removing it.
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Remember to always do a spot removal test on a portion of carpet or upholstery that is normally not visible. These are suggested treatments only and COIT can't be held accountable for any damage sustained by use of the treatments in this spot removal guide.