You’ve taken all the precautions to keep your carpet looking clean, and have area rugs in high traffic areas to guard against stains. But then, some nincompoop drops a cigarette at a family gathering, and you’re left with an unsightly carpet burn. Don’t you just hate that! Before you break out the shotgun, take a deep breath and know that you can repair a carpet burn to like-new condition. It’s inexpensive, fairly easy to do, and may just save the life of the dummy with the cigarette!
It will take more than a stain remover to repair a carpet burn. That’s because the damage goes deeper than the surface. Even if the cigarette was on the carpet for just a few seconds, it has burnt the carpet fibers. Thus, you’ll have to make a quick repair to remove the burnt carpet, and replace it with unscaved fibers.
Supplies needed to repair burnt carpet:
- Manicure scissors
- Pointed tweezers
- Carpet adhesive
- Carpet scrap (more on this later)
- Soft bristled brush
Note – If you need to repair a carpet burn in an apartment or rental home, or in an area of the home that is rarely used, you can substitute carpet adhesive for a hot glue gun. Using hot glue will not provide the same durable results as carpet adhesive, but if you need a quick fix to get by with it will work just fine.
How to repair burnt carpet:
Step 1 – Remove the burnt section. Use a pair of manicure scissors to cut the carpet fibers that are burnt. Don’t just clip the top of the fibers, but really cut down to the quick. This will help the new fibers adhere better later on.
Step 2 – Remove any remaining burn. If you can still see remnants of the burn, use a pair of tweezers to tweeze out any remaining fibers. Throw them away.
Step 3 – Find a carpet scrap. To get carpet fibers of the identical color of your existing carpeting, you’ll want to snip a small amount from an unseen section. You can get it from inside a closet, underneath a solid piece of furniture, or from a leftover piece of carpet.
Step 4 – Snip new fibers. Again, use a pair of manicure scissors to carefully snip off clean fibers from the carpet scrap. You’ll need enough fibers to fill in the empty hole left behind by the burn.
Note – If you have a large piece of carpet that you have to replace, skip these steps and make a carpet patch instead. This will involve cutting out a section wider than the burn and replacing it with a new section. Find out more about how to make a carpet patch.
Step 4 – Apply the adhesive. Carpet adhesive is available at any home improvement store, and comes in small pint and quart sizes. This small size is all you’ll need to repair a small burn hole. In fact, you’ll have quite a bit leftover for another use. Apply the adhesive with a Q-tip, or the tip of a screwdriver. You won’t need much – About the size of a dime.
Step 5 – Attach the new carpet. Use a pair of tweezers to gently place the new fibers in place. Fill-in the hole completely, until you have more fibers that you think you really need.
Step 6 – Let the adhesive dry. Consult the adhesive packaging for proper dry time, and let it set. Place a heavy object, such as a book, on top of the patch.
Step 7 – Fluff the carpet. When the adhesive is completely dry, remove the heavy object and fluff the carpet with a soft-bristled brush. You may see some of the fibers come loose, which is fine. That’s why we use more fibers than necessary.
Now, you should have a seamless repair to the burnt area. To keep your carpet looking its best, vacuum it regularly and keep guests outdoors. Especially those who smoke!
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Source: Personal experience