How to Get Burn Marks Out of Carpet

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Misplaced ashes can damage your carpet.
Misplaced ashes can damage your carpet. (Image: Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Repairing small carpet burns can save you money. Ashes, embers and other flammable materials can char your carpet, but if it's surface damage, you don't have to pay a professional to repair it. You can clean away the charred ends of the carpet quickly using a few common items.

Things You'll Need

  • 220-grade sandpaper
  • Dishwashing detergent
  • Bowl
  • Teaspoon
  • Small cloth
  • Sponge

Cut a piece of 220-grit sandpaper so that it is about the size and shape of the charred area.

Rub the top layer of the burned area gently using the sandpaper. Avoid rubbing undamaged adjacent carpet fibers. As you brush the carpet, small charred particles may accumulate. Brush those particles aside as you rub the burned area. Continue to rub until the charred area disappears.

Add a teaspoon of dishwashing detergent to a bowl of clean water. Mix the solution well.

Dampen a small cloth in the solution and wring it so that it does not drip. Wipe the area gently to clean any traces of burned material.

Dampen a small sponge with clean water. Wipe the area that you cleaned with the sponge to remove all traces of soap.

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