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How to mend a cigarette burn on a suede sofa

Updated November 21, 2016

A suede sofa can be a costly investment for your home. To make the most of your purchase, you will want to keep it safe from things that can damage the upholstery--things like dirt, sharp items, even open flame. If your couch is exposed to a lit cigarette, it might burn an unsightly hole through the upholstery. The amount of repair needed for the sofa depends on the level of damage.

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  1. Assess the level of damage. If the cigarette has actually burnt a hole into the fabric, you will need to create a patch to cover it. If the burn has just left a brown or black mark, try to remove the stain by dabbing the stain with distilled white vinegar. If this doesn't work, painting or patching will be necessary.

  2. Cut away any frayed fibres from the inside of the burn hole to create a clean, smooth shape.

  3. Cut a piece of fabric from an inconspicuous location on the sofa, using a craft knife to make a patch. The fabric piece should be about a quarter inch larger than the hole on all sides. An unneeded accent pillow in matching suede can be an excellent resource for your patch. If you don't want to cut the sofa or pillow, look for fabric in stores to coordinate with your sofa.

  4. Line the outer edge of the patch with fabric glue. Slide the patch into the small hole in the sofa. Press gently with your fingers to help the glue adhere to the inside of the fabric. Quickly mop up any excess glue from the patch with a cloth or your finger.

  5. Dry the glue with a hair dryer on low to medium heat.

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Things You'll Need

  • Distilled white vinegar
  • Scissors
  • Craft knife
  • Suede fabric
  • Fabric glue
  • Hair dryer

About the Author

Liza Hollis has been writing for print and online publications since 2003. Her work has appeared on various digital properties, including USAToday.com. Hollis earned a degree in English Literature from the University of Florida.

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