How to remove scorch marks on fabric

Written by april dowling | 13/05/2017
How to remove scorch marks on fabric
Excessive heat from irons can scorch fabric. (Jupiterimages/Pixland/Getty Images)

Ironing fabrics on a high heat setting can cause the fibres to become scorched. Leaving an iron on a portion of fabric for too long can also result in scorch marks. Scorch marks can damage a garment, causing it to feel crusty and appear dingy. Scorched cotton, rayon, linen and wool fabrics are often treatable. Promptly treat scorch marks to restore fabric's texture and aesthetic appeal. Remove scorch marks on fabric using certain solutions and techniques.

Dampen a non-dyed cotton rag with undiluted white distilled vinegar. Rub the vinegar-dampened rag over the scorched fabric.

Wipe the excess vinegar from the fabric using another non-dyed cotton rag.

Inspect the fabric for remaining scorch marks. If scorched areas persist, apply a drop of both hydrogen peroxide and household ammonia to the scorched fabric using an eyedropper.

Allow the hydrogen peroxide and ammonia to absorb into the scorch marks for 30 minutes. Occasionally apply a couple drops of hydrogen peroxide and ammonia to the fabric to keep the scorch marks moist during the 30 minutes.

Dampen another non-dyed cotton rag with cold water. Blot the fabric with the damp rag to wash out the hydrogen peroxide and ammonia.

Launder the fabric in a washing machine with oxygen bleach. Wash the fabric according to the directions on the care tag. Use the amount of oxygen bleach recommended on the product's label.

Allow the fabric to air-dry. Repeat the process if any scorch marks remain on the fabric.


Test all solutions on an inconspicuous area of the fabric to ensure no discolouration occurs.

Tips and warnings

  • Test all solutions on an inconspicuous area of the fabric to ensure no discolouration occurs.

Things you need

  • 3 non-dyed cotton rags
  • Undiluted white distilled vinegar
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Household ammonia
  • Eyedropper
  • Water
  • Oxygen bleach

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