Treating Cigarette Burns in Carpet

What You'll Need
Washcloth or sponge
Water-filled spray bottle
Pair of tweezers
Pair of small scissors

If any of your home's carpets are marred by cigarette burns, you'll be pleased to learn that treating them may be easier than you think. In fact, with the help of a few basic household items and cleaning tools, your burnt carpet can become as good as new in no time.

Step 1 - Get Rid of the Burnt Carpet Fibers

The first step in treating a carpet that has incurred cigarette burns is to get rid of any burnt fibers. To do this, use a pair of small scissors to carefully separate the damaged fibers from the rest of the carpeted area. If you happen to own a carpet repair kit, these scissors should be one of the items contained therein.

Once the singed fibers have been properly removed, it's generally a good idea to mark the area they once occupied with a piece of tape, as this will prevent you from losing sight of which area is in need of repair. This step is particularly important in cases where very few fibers need to be removed. After detaching the fibers and setting down your tape marker, you'll be ready to move on.

Step 2 - Clean the Burnt Area

Having removed the carpet fibers that were damaged by cigarette burns, you're ready to give the burnt area a thorough cleaning. This can be accomplished with the aid of a sponge or washcloth and a water-filled spray bottle.

After spraying your water onto the damaged area, proceed to give it a vigorous scrubbing with the aid of a sponge or washcloth. If any caked-on bits of ash prove exceptionally stubborn, you may need to incorporate the aid of a scrub brush or expendable toothbrush. If you're interested in speeding up the drying process, blot the area dry with a clean cloth or paper towel after it has been successfully cleaned.

Step 3 - Replace the Damaged Fibers

Once the area with which you are working is completely dry, it will be time to replace your carpet fibers. Using your scissors, snip enough replacement fibers from other areas of your carpet to fill the area that fell victim to cigarette burns. Make sure not to take too many fibers from the same area, as this may be cause noticeable damage.

Once you've collected a sufficient number of fibers, place some glue in the damaged area and proceed to very carefully position the replacement fibers with aid of tweezers. After the area has been filled, make a point of keeping children and pets away from the carpet until the glue has completely dried. Additionally, you'll need to be very careful when vacuuming and walking on the repaired area even after the glue has dried.