How to Remove Iron Burns from Carpet


Srini asked: How do I clean a carpet where a clothes iron fell on it? While I was ironing my shirts, the iron fell on the carpet by mistake. How do I fix the carpet?

The carpet in our homes takes more wear and tear than any other part, so it’s worth the effort to fix problem areas. When irons fall onto the carpet, there are three different levels of burn marks that remain. Sometimes, the iron sits for only a second and the very tops of the fibers are damaged. This is considered a less-severe burn and can be trimmed away. Other times, the iron lands in such a way that a more significant length of the fibers are burnt and requires replacement of that piece of carpet. The least severe is when the fibers are not burnt at all, there are just some scorch marks that can be cleaned away. Follow the instructions below to get the best results possible.

Trimming Away Less-Severe Burns

What You Will Need

  • Scissors
  • Sandpaper
  • Hand held vacuum
  • Wide-toothed comb

How to Trim Away the Burnt Fibers

  1. Begin by sanding away scorch marks with the sandpaper.
  2. Vacuum any debris away.
  3. Remove remaining black fibers by cutting them out with scissors.
  4. Comb the area with a wide-toothed comb to restore the fibers and blend the area in with the other carpet.
  5. If a scorch mark remains, follow the direction below for removing scorch marks.
  6. If you find that more of the carpet was burned, than what you originally thought and/or the removal of the burnt fibers creates a noticeable spot, proceed onto the steps below to replace the section.

Replacing a Section of Carpet with Severe Burns

What You Will Need

  • Matching carpet scrap (large enough to cover the burn area)
  • Scissors
  • Utility knife
  • Carpet adhesive or double sided carpet tape
  • Hand held vacuum
  • Paper
  • Heavy Book
  • Wide-toothed comb

How to Remove and Replace the Burnt Section

  1. Begin by vacuuming any debris away so you can start with a clean work area.
  2. Use a utility knife to carefully cut out the section of carpet that has been burned. Cut deep enough to cut through the carpet backing, but try to avoid cutting the padding underneath.
  3. Next, lay the removed piece on top of the scrap piece. Match up any patterns and make sure that the pile is going in the same direction. This will help the new piece to blend in with the remaining carpet.
  4. Cut around the removed piece, using it as a pattern, to create two pieces that are the same size and shape.
  5. Next vacuum the section where the carpet was removed to clean out any carpet fibers, etc. that may have collected in the area.
  6. Place the scrap piece into the hole and trim to make any adjustments. Try to get it to fit as close as possible to the original hole.
  7. When the piece is cut to the correct size, you are ready to install it. Apply a double-sided tape or carpet adhesive to the padding in the open spot.
  8. Place the new piece onto the adhesive and ensure that patterns and pile direction are lined up. Press firmly in place.
  9. Cover with a heavy book to keep the piece in place while the adhesive dries. (Skip to step 11 if using the double-sided tape.)
  10. Let the dry for several hours before removing the book and/or walking over the area.
  11. Remove book and gently comb carpet with wide-toothed comb to blend the new piece in with the existing carpeting.

Remove Scorch Marks

What You Will Need

  • Cleaning solution of 1 part hydrogen peroxide with 10 parts water (safe on natural and synthetic fibers)
  • Soft cloths or sponges
  • Water

How to Remove Scorch Mark Stains

  1. If a scorch mark remains, soak a cloth with the cleaning solution and blot the stain working from the outside towards the middle.
  2. Repeat as necessary until the stain is removed.
  3. Spray with clean water to rinse.
  4. Blot with a clean, dry cloth and allow the area to dry completely.

Additional Tips and Advice

  • For smaller burns, such as cigarette burns, see our article How to Remove Cigarette Burns from Carpet.
  • If you are unsure of this procedure, or uncomfortable in performing the necessary steps, you should not hesitate to contact a carpet professional who will perform the repairs for you.


  1. Srini says:

    Thank you Susan. This is fantastic. I will try it this weekend. You have saved me hundreds of $$$. I stumbled upon your site from a blog I read and it’s one of the best sites. This site is definitely on my watch list from now on.

    Thank you
    Srini, Melbourne, Australia

  2. Shallu says:

    Thank you so much. I can’t tell you how relieved I am after applying your technique, and it has saved me from losing my deposit to my landlord.

  3. Sasha says:

    It worked! The sand paper actually worked! Thank you very much. :)

  4. Jane says:

    Please, could you let me know the strength of the hydrogen peroxide you use on the carpet, and where you can buy it?

  5. Les says:

    I just tried this – brilliant result. I won’t be sleeping in the doghouse after all.

  6. Maraya says:

    I have a carpet in my bathroom and iron burn won’t come out.

  7. Orla says:

    I’ve done this on my carpet and it now looks way better! Thank you! Only problem is that it doesn’t blend too well, as the old carpet is worn and the new piece is springy! Any tips on how to wear it down??

  8. Mary says:

    I have moved my furniture in my bedroom and have left a mark by dragging the bed on the carpet. Is there anything I can do to take the line away? Thanks.

  9. Melanie says:

    This article might help: How to Remove Dark Soled Shoe Stains from Carpet. Rubber that is often on the bottom of bed posts to prevent scratches on hard floors is similar to shoe rubber.

  10. Aldiana says:

    How do I remove marks on that are left on the iron? The carpet is fixed *thank God*…but my iron…bits of carpet are left on it and I cant clean it. SOS!

  11. Melanie says:

    This is the article that you need: How to Clean Melted Carpet from an Iron’s Plate. Best of luck!

  12. Lori says:

    This is a miracle fix! I had dropped my iron on the rug for a few seconds, and it left a light burn, but very obvious. After a minute of using the sandpaper, I could see that it was disappearing! It’s gone with no evidence of the burn mark. Thank you so much; you saved my rug!

  13. Christina says:

    I have a light burn mark on my canvas sofa…do you have any tips I could try? Thank you. :)

    Check it out! We’ve answered your question! Yay!

  14. Neo says:

    Use hydrogen peroxide…undiluted, and then when the stain lessens, dry it off and brush it with a new sharp twin razor blade instead of scissors.

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