How to Repair an Iron Burn on a Carpet

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Things You'll Need

  • Razor blade

  • Scissors

  • Waterproof adhesive

  • Toothpick

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Iron burns on carpet happen from time to time. You may be ironing quickly and the iron slips out of your hand or you set the iron onto the ironing board and it accidentally falls onto the carpet. No matter how it happens, it will leave a very noticeable black mark. You don't necessarily have to replace the entire piece of carpet to fix the damage. With a little patience, you can make the damage to the carpet virtually unnoticeable.


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Step 1

Use a razor blade to remove as much of the burned carpet as possible. Try to shave off only the outside of the carpet fiber where the burn is.

Step 2

Use scissors to cut carpet fibers off of an area of carpet that is unseen, such as behind a couch or in a closet.

Step 3

Put a drop of waterproof adhesive onto a toothpick and place the adhesive onto the carpet backing where carpet fibers were shaved away.


Step 4

Carefully place a carpet fiber cut from another area onto the adhesive. Make sure the fiber is standing straight up like the other fibers so it will look natural.

Step 5

Continue adding carpet fibers until the carpet looks full and the area that was burned with the iron is unnoticeable.


When placing adhesive onto the carpet backing, be careful not to get it onto pieces of carpet fiber. The adhesive will make it hard if it dries.