How to Remove a Carpet Burn

Updated February 21, 2017

When a lit cigarette or hot curling iron lands on the carpet and is not removed within seconds, an unsightly burn is left behind. If the scorched area is small, the repair can be easy to do yourself and will be almost undetectable.

Wipe the burn marks gently with the dampened cloth. Work from the outside of the stain in to clean off as much of the scorch marks as possible.

Using the scissors or razor, snip away the burnt fibres of the carpet. Work slowly and be careful not to snip outside of the burnt area.

Cut a piece of the carpet remnant to a size slightly larger than the damaged area of the carpet. If the burn is not too deep and the carpet is plush, you might need only fibres from the remnant rather than a whole piece. If you do not have any carpet remnants, cut some fibres or a piece of carpet from inside of a closet, under a radiator or other inconspicuous place.

Place a dab of glue on the bottom of the carpet patch. If you have plush carpet and are using only the fibres, twist them to make a plug and place a dab of glue at the base to make your patch.

Push the carpet patch into the damaged area and allow the glue to dry.

Trim the fibres of the patched area if necessary to match the surrounding carpet.


If the burnt area is large, consult a carpet care professional. Repairs on Berber and other low-pile carpets might be difficult to hide.

Things You'll Need

  • Dampened cloth
  • Scissors or razor
  • Carpet remnant
  • Carpet glue
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Lee Weal began writing and editing online content as a corporate intranet administrator in 2000 and was also the publisher and editor of a monthly employee newsletter. Her articles specialize in children's issues and home improvement.