How to Get Burn Marks Out of Carpet

Updated on March 18, 2020
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Carpet burn accidents happen in an instant. All it takes is a wayward fireplace ember or a dropped curling iron to leave an unsightly mark on your carpet. Before shelling out big bucks on new carpet or a professional restoration, consider doing the repairs yourself using items you already have around the house.

Surface Scorches

Get surface scorch marks out of carpet by gently buffing the affected area with 220-grit sandpaper. If you don’t have sandpaper, carefully trim the tips of the scorched carpet with manicure scissors. Vacuum the residue and remove remaining stains with a solution of mild detergent and water.

Clean from the outer edge to the center of the burn to prevent the discoloration from spreading into surrounding carpet fibers. Spray with water to rinse. Remove excess moisture by blotting with a clean towel. Avoid walking on the repair until the area is completely dry.

A mild scorched rug can be lightly buffed to use a very fine grit sandpaper.
A mild scorched rug can be lightly buffed to use a very fine grit sandpaper. | Source

Minor Burns

Cut away charred carpet fibers. Snip or pull replacement fibers from a closet corner or along the edge of a baseboard. Apply superglue or contact cement to the base of the burned spot. Squeeze the replacement fibers together and press them firmly into the opening. Weight the repair with a heavy pot or book. Allow the glue to dry completely, remove the weight, and trim the fibers flush with the rest of the carpet.

Easy to clip a small amount of burned carpet fibers. Replace a few extra fibers and use glue to repair the spot.
Easy to clip a small amount of burned carpet fibers. Replace a few extra fibers and use glue to repair the spot. | Source

Large Burns

Large burns may require replacing a section of carpet. Cut around the damaged spot with a sharp utility knife without cutting into the carpet pad. Use that piece as a template for the replacement. Cut the new piece from an inconspicuous area of the house or a carpet remnant.

Make the replacement piece slightly larger than the original to ensure a snug fit. Vacuum the repair spot and apply double-sided tape in the bottom of the opening. Position the replacement piece over the area and carefully press it into place. Blend new and old fibers together with your fingers. Set the seams with a rolling pin and trim any stray fibers.

Use a replacement piece and cut out the burn. Remove and insert in the carpet area.
Use a replacement piece and cut out the burn. Remove and insert in the carpet area. | Source

Carpet Repair Tips

  1. Do not sand or trim the ends of looped pile carpets. Sanding or cutting the loops will further damage the carpet, resulting in more problems than the burn itself.
  2. Create an alternative cleaning solution for carpet burns using 1 part hydrogen peroxide and 10 parts water. Hydrogen peroxide works as a natural bleaching agent to gently remove stains from textiles.
  3. Use a utility knife and cut around the edges. Stop before you cut into the carpet padding. Lift the ruined piece of carpet out. Make sure the new piece of carpet fits in the area. Use a glue or double-sided tape. Apply the new piece of carpet in the spot and allow it to dry for several hours. Don't walk on it until it dries.
  4. Follow the tips for most of these answers to get burn marks out of carpet. As with a burn on your carpet, the sooner you repair the better chance you will removing it.
  5. In the case of extensive damage or botched DIY repair, contact a licensed flooring contractor or certified carpet restoration service to assess the damage and recommend next steps.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Linda Chechar

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    • lindacee profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Chechar 

      4 months ago from Arizona

      Liz, if there are small bits of carpet embers these tips are simple to repair tiny scorched spots. Glad you were able to replace the lounge carpet!

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      Liz Westwood 

      4 months ago from UK

      I wish I had read this article for when a few stray embers burnt our lounge carpet several years ago. We have since replaced the carpet when we decorated the room. But I shall remember your great tips for future reference.

    • lindacee profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Chechar 

      4 months ago from Arizona

      Glad you liked it Eman Abdallah!

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      Eman Abdallah 

      4 months ago

      A very interesting article. Thank you, Linda, for the valuable tips.

    • lindacee profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Chechar 

      4 months ago from Arizona

      Linda Crampton, glad you enjoyed the article. Repairing the burned carpet can be done by using these tips!

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      Linda Crampton 

      4 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you for sharing some very useful tips. I've never thought of the ideas that you've included in this article.

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      Mitara N 

      4 months ago from South Africa

      Will always come in handy, you never know lol.

      Thanks Linda

    • lindacee profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Chechar 

      4 months ago from Arizona

      Mitara N, glad you like the ideas for the carpet repairs.

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      Mitara N 

      4 months ago from South Africa

      Great tips, thanks

      Will definitely be saving this article

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