How to Repair Cigarette Burns on a Sofa

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How to Repair Cigarette Burns on a Sofa
Repair cigarette burns on a sofa with a replacement patch. (sofa image by Clementina Cabral from

The lighted end of a cigarette does not have to come in contact with sofa fabric to create a burn. Fallen ashes are hot enough to sear the material, creating a hole. If you fail to repair the burn in the sofa, the hole may get bigger. Repair cigarette burns to keep the sofa from looking worn.

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Things you need

  • Small scissors
  • Measuring tape
  • Fabric glue
  • Toothpicks
  • Tweezers
  • Cling film
  • Heavy book

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  1. 1

    Cut the cigarette burns from the sofa fabric with small scissors. Remove only the burnt areas of the fabric and cut any loose threads.

  2. 2

    Measure the holes in the sofa. Cut replacement patches from material on the underside or on the back near the bottom of the sofa. Cut the replacement pieces one-quarter inch to one-half inch larger than the holes.

  3. 3

    Pour fabric glue onto a toothpick, and apply the glue into the hole in the sofa. Pick up the patch with tweezers and apply a tiny amount of the glue around the edges of the patch.

  4. 4

    Place the patch into the hole, positioning it with the tweezers to match the pile or pattern in the sofa.

  5. 5

    Tear off a piece of cling film and place over the patch. Put a heavy book or other object over the cling film and leave for two hours, allowing the patch time to bond.

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