If you've ever lived in a house that has been occupied by a smoker, you've probably seen small burn marks in your carpet. While larger cigarette burns will require patching the carpet with a piece of the remainder carpet, small burn marks can easily be fixed without needing extra carpet. |
There's a burn mark on your carpet because of a dropped cigarette or fireworks you set off indoors. What to do then... Although they might be small, burn marks are one of those things that once you see them you can't unsee them, and they will forever stick out to you.
Essentially you can just grab some patches of carpet fiber from the edge of your carpet—say in a closet—then artfully glue them over top of the burn spot.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. Also, keep in mind that the longer the fibers in the carpet, the easier this fix will be.
It's really not difficult to repair your carpet. It just takes a steady hand and a spare bit of carpet. How to Trim Away the Burnt Fibers
Begin by sanding away scorch marks with the sandpaper. Vacuum any debris away. Remove remaining black fibers by cutting them out with scissors. Comb the area with a wide-toothed comb to restore the fibers and blend the area in with the other carpet. If a scorch mark remains, follow the direction below for removing scorch marks. If you find that more of the carpet was burned, than what you originally thought and/or the removal of the burnt fibers creates a noticeable spot, proceed onto the steps below to replace the section.
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 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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