Out, Out Burn Mark on My Carpet!

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20 Minutes
Did you ever have a hot ash from a fireplace, pop onto your carpet? Or did someone drop a cigarette and leave a black mark on your carpet? I just found a way to fix those spots. I don't have a picture of my supplies but here are the items I used.

Shampooer (You might not need this if it's just a small spot and your carpet is already clean.)
Scrub brush
Some kind of cleaning liquid - what ever you like. I have one called Organic Cleaner, but it's discontinued. You could use Dawn or any cleaner of your choice.
Sand paper - I used 100 grit
Hydrogen peroxide
Old tooth brush
Utility knife

Below is the picture of one of the spots I wanted to remove after I vacuumed, scrubbed it with cleaner and water and used my shampooer. You might start by just scrubbing it with cleaner & water. It's totally your choice.
Scrubbing the spot.
Once everything dried, the next step is to use the sand paper and start sanding off the black/brown mark. Surprisingly this WILL work to get most of it off.
Mix up a small solution of 1 part hydrogen peroxide to 10 parts water. I used the cap from the bottle to measure.
When that was done, I scrubbed it with a tooth brush and then poured the left over hydrogen peroxide mixture onto the spots. (I had more than one.)
I let the mixture sit for an hour or so, then I shampooed my carpet again. If you don't have a carpet cleaner, but that may not be necessary. My carpet is very old and this was a part under a heavy chair that doesn't get moved often.
It's almost done. I found a few dark specks on this spot so I took a pair of scissors and snipped them off.

Now for the final step. I didn't take a picture of this part because what I did was use the utility knife to cut some carpet fibers out of the back of my closet and it was too dark to take pictures. You can take them from anywhere they won't show. For example, they could come from behind a sofa - next to the baseboard if you don't have a closet with that carpet.

I then used Krazy Glue to glue the fibers into the hole that was left after all the cleaning. You might say, "Why did you clean when you were going to cover it anyway?" Well, actually some of the spots were so tiny that I didn't have to cover them and it just felt better to do it this way. :)
Here is that same spot. Can you see it? I barely can if I study it. It's in front of the tube of Krazy glue. I suppose it could use a couple more fibers, but quite honestly, no one is going to look THAT closely when the rest of the carpet looks fine.

I didn't list any cost because I had all of the ingredients in my home so my cost was next to zero. The time is impossible to say because it depends on whether you shampoo the carpet and how long it takes to dry. Plus you also want to wait for the hydrogen peroxide to dry.

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  • Jane Doe Jane Doe on Jan 28, 2018
    What is the purpose of peroxide? My carpet is the color of vanilla ice cream and orange sherbet mixed together. I have a concern the peroxide will bleach the carpet.


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  • Linda Sikut Linda Sikut on Jan 15, 2018
    Hi Christine, I hope it works for you like it worked for me. I think a major part was sand paper. I know it sounds weird. My hubby asked me "How do you sand carpet?" I just said, "I don't know but I'm going to try" and it worked!
  • Penny Penny on Jan 16, 2018
    Yes I'll try this. The kids want their deposit back.LOL