Question: “My siblings popped a firework in our house and it left a big burn mark in our living room carpet. How do we remove it??”
Even if all precautions are taken to ensure fireworks are used safely, they could still malfunction and cause burns on just about anything in their path. Although burn marks on carpet seem disastrous, there are some easy tricks for removing them and even for repairing the area if needed. Follow the steps below.
Removing the Burn Mark
You Will Need:
- Sandpaper or a nail file
- Hydrogen peroxide
- A bowl
- A sponge or cloth
- A towel
Steps to Remove the Burn Mark:
- First, examine the carpet fibers for any singed tips (as opposed to just discoloration). This type of burn will require some sanding with either sand paper or a nail file to remove the singed parts. Be gentle to avoid sanding off more carpet than just the damaged spots. Only sand off the singed parts, not the discoloration.
- If/when no singed areas are visible, then the stain is a scorch mark. Combine one part regular hydrogen peroxide (the 3% kind) in bowl with 10 parts water.
- Test this solution on a small hidden area of the carpet, such as in the corner of a closet, to be sure there aren’t any adverse reactions. Peroxide acts as a mild bleach on carpet. Wait until the carpet has dried to assess the resuls.
- If the test is fine, blot the solution onto the scorch mark working from the outer edge towards the middle.
- When the stain is removed, blot the area with a clean damp cloth to rinse, then pat dry with a towel.
Repairing the Carpet
If the burn mark can’t be removed with the above methods, it will probably need to be replaced instead. Follow these easy steps.
You Will Need:
- Matching piece of carpet (available at carpet stores)
- Utility knife
- Double-sided tape or carpet adhesive
- A comb
Steps to Repair the Carpet:
- Get a matching piece of carpet from a carpet store. It can help to cut a small piece from the area just next to the stain to bring with you to ensure you get an exact match.
- Use a utility knife to cut out the stained area.
- If you able to remove the stained area in one piece, lay it out on top of the replacement carpet and cut out the shape to match. If you do not remove the stained area in one piece, lay the replacement carpet over the area and carefully hold up the edges where they need to be cut, working in small sections at a time, to create an exact match of shape. Be sure to cut the replacement piece so that when it is put in place, the direction of the pile will match.
- Apply sturdy double-sided tape or carpet adhesive to the subfloor where the cutout is, then fit the replacement piece into place.
- If using carpet adhesive, lay some heavy books or other iems over the area while it dries.
- Use a wide-toothed comb along the edges to help them blend.
- If the peroxide test does not go well or if using peroxide does not remove the scorch mark, try using a foaming carpet cleaner or white foam shaving cream.