Repairing Burns In Carpet

Repairing Burns In Carpet

Getting a burn on your perfectly clean and new carpet can be disheartening. If the burn is small and conveniently located there is no reason you can’t fix it on your own. It’s always a good idea to check with your homeowner’s insurance first though. Most of the time they will cover carpet damage, so if the damage is impossible to fix yourself then they can replace it for you.

You can often improve the appearance of the burned area by shaving off the melted ends of the carpet. This is very simply done with a simple razor blade. You want to shave off as little of the burned material as possible or you will have a bare spot in your carpet instead of a burn. This method works best with longer carpets like shags and other dense carpets and only if it’s a surface burn.

If the burn is deeper into the carpet you can find some other area of the house to borrow carpet fibers from. Good places are spare pieces of the carpet, under the radiator or the back corner of a closet. Remove as many fibers from this area as you’ll need to cover the burned area. Now use a razor on the burned area and trim the damaged fibers all the way to the backing. Spread an adhesive made for use on carpet over the backing. Be careful not to get any on the surrounding fibers or you’ll end up gluing them together. Now put the replacement fibers in place and trim them to the length of the surrounding carpet if necessary.

The most desperate method is to completely remove the damaged area and replacing it with a new piece. This will probably not work well if your carpet is faded or worn, as the new piece will be painfully obvious to anyone looking at it. Also, carpets have a grain. When you vacuum the carpets is smooth in one direction and fluffy in another. It’s important to place the new piece of carpet so that the grain matches the rest. You replace the whole section of carpet just like the fibers, but you take the backing out as well. Some experts advise using carpet tape to secure it, but this can be a hassle for small areas. If it’s a large area, tape is best but use an adhesive for smaller areas.