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DIY How to Repair or fix Carpet Burns

Updated on September 12, 2013

Help with Removing Burns in carpets

Do not panic, most times burns in carpets are caused by a spark from either an open fire or a cigarette. The open fire burn could be harder to fix if a piece of wood fell out of the fireplace.

Vinegar & Carb soda

Make up a small solution of carb soda and vinegar and leave on burned area for a few minutes, this should lighten the burn if not cut off the very top with a pair of scissors.

Cut out method

You will need a sharp Stanley knife with a new blade, double-sided tape, and a glue gun or suitable glue. If the carpet is well worn, you need to find a similar remnant, from inside a cupboard or a mat from the same carpet. If none available, you are in trouble.

Use the Stanley knife and cut out the burnt section, using clean straight lines. Either a square or round cut, depending on damaged area. Make sure you do not cut into the underlay. Now cut a piece the same size using the cut piece for a pattern. It is important to match the pattern or grain of the cutout carpet to the piece you are replacing. Test it in the hole to make sure it fits, with no gaps. Lay the double-sided tape under the carpet and fit your new piece into that space. Stand on it for a minute or two to make sure it sticks, or stand a heavy item over it. Do not vacuum for two or three hours so you know the glue is dry.

Cover up

If this burn is small from a cigarette, you may find this idea easier. Use a sharp pair of scissors and cut the edges off around the burnt section to remove the blackened area. Sponge this area with a solution of detergent and water, and leave to dry. If that did not work and still shows, you may be able to use a wire brush and fluff the carpet over the hole. If on a white carpet you could try a littl drop of diluted bleach.

If it has burned right through the carpet, cut off some fibers from inside a cupboard or the edge of unseen carpet. Place glue in the hole and press the fibers into position and leave to dry.

Another idea

If these suggestions will not work for you, try covering with a mat or call the insurance company. Carpets suffer more wear and tear than any other floor covering. So give them the care and respect they deserve.

If you follow any of these tips to perfection, your carpet should last you for many years to come, without anyone seeing the faults.

My Own Experience with Burning Carpet

It was the middle of winter and I tried to get the fire going.  I have to admit this was years ago and not using my brain.  I grabbed a small can of fuel.  Not thinking I put a small bit on the wood and set it alight. It went woof!.  Then went out.

So I went to put a bit more on and slipped dropping the can. There was a big woof this time as there were still live sparks in the wood and it caught with the fuel.  I grabbed my white sheepskins and tried to put it out.  But as I hit it the fuel container spun around spilling more fuel.

I was scared that the fuel can would explode.  In the end I put  both sheepskin rugs over the can.  To cover flames and my daughter grabbed the hose.  Luckily we got the fire out ourselves.  I have never used petrol since that day.  Deisel is much safer.

I had a big burn in that carpet. Luckily it was covered by insurance.


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      Eileen Hughes 5 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      It should just lighten the burned area. But to make sure do a test on an area that will not show before doing anything.

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      ash 5 years ago

      Will the vinegar and carb lighten or bleach surrounding carpet, or just the burn?

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      Eileen Hughes 6 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Steph, to be honest I cant remember what glue I used although I would suggest that you just go into a carpet shop and ask them to suggest what glue to use

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      Steph 6 years ago

      what glue do you use to glue the new carpet back in?

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      Eileen Hughes 6 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Hi, Well in my opinion, I find that truth will always come out so you might as well get it over and done with then you can get on with your life, with a clear conscions.

      Othewise you will keep worrying and wondering when they will catch you

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      Charley 6 years ago

      I'm 17, sneakily smoking out of my window when my cat jumps up. Push her away, but realised I flicked the 'cherry' onto my carpet, didn't put it out quick enough, and have 2 burn hole/marks in the carpet. I dunno what to do! My dad's a carpenter, so I can get all that stuff, but I go to college, and have a free day on monday...just hope my mum doesn't hover!!!!!! :( should I tell her? She'll flip!

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      Kingscliff Carpet Cleaners 7 years ago


      "Carpets are not healthy really so maybe get rid of them altogether. A lot of people are getting rid of them.


      Wow - you trying to put me out of business - lol

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      Eileen Hughes 8 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      leenie pooh, on my hands and knees is definitely out for me. but yes have done that for stains too. Awful eh.

      Carpets are not healthy really so maybe get rid of them altogether. A lot of people are getting rid of them.

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      Leenie Pooh 8 years ago

      My solution to the constant maintenance of carpets: steam-cleaning, on my hands and knees getting new stains out, vacuuming - I installed hardwood (laminate) and bought a Roomba vac. I'm now enjoying my freedom from the tyranny of the carpets! :)

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      Eileen Hughes 8 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Lizzy, gee you are very lucky that it didn't start a house fire. thanks for stopping by. We have lots of helpful tips in hubpages.

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      Lizzy 8 years ago

      Wow, I just typed in "how to fix cigarette carpet burns DIY", on my web browser and this great web page came up with loads of info for me to try. I will most probably have to go back to the carpet shop as I haven't any spare carpet to fix the job but I will be saving $ as the carpet shop quoted over $200.

      Thank you so much for the great web page and the tips on how to fix my cigarette burns. I just had this new carpet placed in my b 'room only to fall asleep while smoking, end result 4 burns. The moral to this tale is DON'T SMOKE IF YOU ARE SLEEPY.


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      Eileen Hughes 10 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Thanks Mr marmalade, and Abhinaya again for your thoughts.

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      Abhinaya 10 years ago

      Just what I was looking for.Thanks Eileen,you made it again with a neat piece of writing.Great hub! Thumbs up!

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      MrMarmalade 10 years ago from Sydney

      Thank you for the very valuable tips, will come in handy

      Thank you all for an incredible couple of months. I have enjoyed the hubs immensely and learnt a vast amount.Please enjoy to night and have a better 2008 than ever.