Wiseinhimmer from Iowa
It is the apt managers responsibility to replace carpet and make necessary repairs.
Make sure you make a list of all the damage the apartment had before your son moves in and have the apartment manager sign and date it. Some dishonest managers may try to blame it on your son and take the damage deposit because of it. The only thing I can think of that might make the spot look better is taking a very sharp razor blade and cutting away the burned fibers. (03/22/2005)
There is no way to 'get a burn out' as the carpet itself is destroyed. If it is superficial you may be able to use a razor and shave off the black charred/melted surface. In anything but the most superficial singeing there will always be a mark or a thread bare area left behind. If the apartment owner has any offcuts from the original carpet laying you can cut out a square around the burn and replace it with a square of good carpet, but this may be glaringly obvious if the present carpet is worn/grubby from use. If the owner will not replace the carpet the other alternative is a throw rug to hide the burnt area.
By Jo Bodey
You can cut the damaged area out with a carpet knife and replace with spare piece of carpet with glue gun. (12/29/2005)
By cleaning guru
In a small burn, after you trim away the burned fibers, go get some good fibers from an invisible place, like the closet or in a corner. Add a little Elmer's glue or whatever to the fibers, and stuff them into the space where you timmed the burn.
For a larger burn, cut the burn out, including the base. Find an invisible piece of carpet, or some from the sample you're supposed to keep. Cut a "plug" the same shape and size as the hole. Put duct tape sticky side up around the hole, taping the normal carpet base and a rim for the plug before you put the plug in. Step on it a few times to make sure it sticks.
p.s. If you do this yourself, instead of calling the rental manager, you will win a reputation as a good tenant, rather than a helpless, unreliable child. The manager may know where a sample or an unused carpet piece is stored. Just ask, and tell him what you're planning.
p.p.s. the signed list of damages before moving in is done by responsible tenants for their own protection. Never forget it. In luxury units, this walk-through is routinely scheduled. (02/07/2006)
By the Oracle
Hi there, removing a burn from a carpet is nearly impossible I did have an iron burn on my carpet. I found a dog brush (a small brush with small wire bristles) and pick it. This fluffs the carpet, also a razor, a cheap BIC raz. go over it LIGHTLY start 4 inches away from actual burn and do it very lightly towards the burn so it blends in. If you have any more questions I am handy on fixing carpets (what can i say I'm a klutz, I spill and drop a lot of things!! =0) )) (05/17/2006)
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