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How to repair a carpet burn

How to repair carpet burn damage.

In my 25 years experience as a carpet burn repair specialist, one of the most common questions people ask me about carpet repairing is how to fix/repair carpet burns. Only the brave will try and do this repair at home and often fail the task by using the wrong tools and materials. The best way to repair carpets burnt from an iron or hairdryer is to contact Carpet Doctor to remedy the scorch marks with an invisible and permanent repair that will last the life of your carpet. But if you wanted to attempt a do-it-yourself carpet repair you will need a good quality utility knife, ruler, hessian tape, latex adhesive or contact spray for a permanent bond and most importantly a matching donor piece of the same colour and design carpet for an invisible repair.  

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A tiny melted piece of carpet damaged by a cigarette end or soldering iron can be repaired by plucking out the burn damage, dropping in a small blob of latex adhesive and carefully inserting tufts of new carpet into the hole with tweezers. 


Carpet Doctor provide a micro-shearing service for carpets scorched at the tips of the yarn. The micro-shearer carefully tickles the tips of the burned area to produce a smooth clean finish and removing the burnt carpet damage like new. After a quick search on the internet I see that a micro-shearing machine can be hired for a do-it-yourself carpet repair. 



For a patch carpet repair you will need to carefully trim out the burn damage with a utility knife and a straight edge to follow the warp and weft of the weave. Always best to cut a square out of your carpet and not a circle. Cutting a circle out of your carpet will shred the edges and look obvious when plugged. 

Using the ruler, make a square impression around the burn damage by sliding the rule into the carpet to frame out the tufts. Once you have made a framed impression in the carpet, use this frame as a guide to to cut into and carefully trim out the patch. You can use the patch you have cut out as a template for cutting a new patch but allowing 2mm extra wide on each of the four edges when trimming for the template. This will be a good filler for the new carpet patch repair. Place the donor carpet next to the empty patch and marry up the edges following the waffle weave on the back of the carpet. For bonding the new patch you will need to paste up the hessian tape with latex adhesive and position underneath the edges of the carpet for contact with the donor. If you do not have any latex and hessian, a good quality contact spray adhesive will suffice in the short term for a quick fix but will not last the life of the carpet. For budding carpet repairers, you can now purchase on Amazon the new Kool Glide carpet seaming iron that also helps with diy carpet patch repairs.

Carpet Doctor offers free help and advice on how to repair a carpet burn, patch repairs and pet damage carpet repairing tasks.