Repairing Cigarette Burns on Carpet

April 14, 2009

To repair cigarette burns or sparks from fireplace on carpet, first take small scissors and delicately cut away any seared, hard fibers that may be sticking up above the level of the carpet. Buy 3 shades of the cheapest acrylic paint (49 cents ea) close to the carpet color or colors. Use a q-tip to dab on tiny amounts of paint, allowing 15 minutes drying time between applications, until spot is camouflaged. No one will notice the burn!


Source: I don't know if it is out there or not. I have used this trick for years.

By Jeanne C. from Elysian Fields, TX

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December 16, 2010

How do you remove cigarette burn marks in carpet? It is only 2 years old, there are probably 20 of them. I would like to save the carpet. Also, any suggestions for the best way to get smoke smell out of an apartment rental? I have shampooed the carpet, sprayed it with commercial product, but it still smells.

By llovato from CA


December 17, 20101 found this helpful

There are a lot of ideas regarding the carpet burns in the ThriftyFun Archives below. Scroll down towards the bottom of this page.

As for the smoke smell: Are you sure it's the carpet that still smells? Cigarette smoke and nicotine stains permeate all surfaces, including walls, windows and cabinets and will need to be cleaned with a 50/50 vinegar and water solution. If the walls are not gloss or semi-gloss paint be sure to use soft rags and a gentle touch so as not to rub the paint off.

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Use a fresh razor blade and slowly, gently cut out the burned fibers. Then go to an area of your carpet that is hidden behind furniture, etc and again, slowly, gently cut out a few unburnt fibers. Take a good fabric or fiber glue and only use a small amount on the hole that remained after you cut out the burned fibers. Place the carpet fibers in the hole and press firmly and hold. let it dry completely. After the fibers have dried, go behind and gently "slide" the sharp edge of the razor across the glued fibers, shaving them off a bit to blend them in. As far as clearing up the smoke smell, I swear by Melaleuca Brand Sol U Mel for removing odors! if you google on Sol U Mel you'll see what I mean. Also, has the walls been repainted? if not, remember nicotine clings to flat paint. a good repaint would help tremendously. There is also a primer you can use specifically to cover nicotine. I got mine at Menard's Hardware.

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April 16, 2008

Does anyone know how my mother can repair her carpet from a cigarette burn? She rents so she is very concerned.

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December 16, 2010

How does one remove a cigarette burn from a carpet?

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February 17, 2010

I have cigarette burns in the carpet of my car. Can someone please tell me how I can get rid of them and/or disguise them? The burns are in conspicuous places and it looks awful. Thanks very much.

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March 16, 2009

How to remove multiple cigarette burn marks from carpet?

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