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Over the years I have forked out money to carpet cleaners to repair carpet burns. Until lately when I watched one guy do it and learned there super money making trick. Forget paying carpet cleaners or carpet repair men 45 bucks a burn. You can achieve the exact same result for free with simple tools that everyone has laying around there home!!!!
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Step 1: Get your materials out and ready

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Get your trusty pair of scissors out and cut the piece of ash or melted piece of carpet plastic out and plug in your glue gun

Step 2: Cut up some carpet strands

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Go into a closet or a part of your room thats not a heavy traffic area eg. behind bed, closets and corners of the room and find a strand of carpet thats sticking out, grab it and pull it until its about a foot in length then cut it at the base. Then cut the strands every time the ripple goes up or down and make a generous pile.

Step 3: Make the first layer

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Apply a SMALL amount of hot glue to the carpet and add a about half of your pile to the glue and press it down with the handles of a larger pair of scissors. Give it a minute to dry and lightly pull the excess carpet strands off

Step 4: Final layer

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Add a EXTREMLY SMALL dabb of hot glue to the surface of the burn and rub it around then add the rest of your pile again pressing it down with scissors, give it a couple minutes to cool down. Now take your trusty scissors and cut some of the final layer off to make the surface even. YOUR DONE!!!! The second image is the final product its a little shaggy in the top right corner... but its a lot better than before!!!
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There must be a better way than this ...
splang2 years ago
Hmmmm. Interesting. Might save my rent deposit.There ia an actual video online that shows you hpw to do it. Thanks!
Max_E_Mo3 years ago
Just saved me some money and some time in the dog house. Well done sir!
dittyjunk4 years ago
I have a better way and even cheaper. Quit smoking :-) LOL.
ConnieBee5 years ago
Thanks for the tip. I am going to try it for the carpet burns I have from hot cinders from my fireplace that have caused unsightly burns in my carpet.
wish you could use this same technique on the padding of car seats. that instructable would be worth about 400 dollars
SinAmos5 years ago
I don't smoke.
Ever dropped a soldering iron?
Yup. I managed to catch it too. Unfortunately i caufgt the tip - Ouch! LOL
i did that too. it was red hot went strait through my hand u could see it on the other side had to get surgery but all thats left now is a tiny scar lol
Try having a brick on the edge of a campfire start popping like it was popcorn and sending out searing hot shards at your cheap polyester trousers.... :S They're quite sacred now, seeing how they're now holey... :P
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Just do your arms next, then I'll be impressed... :P At least then you'll be 'armless... :P
Haha. I hate my carpet. I'm ready to rip it out soon and replace it with bamboo.
Once I left my soldering iron on the lid of a metal trash bin and forgot to unplug it. When I came back there was a huge black hole...
I did that once. Have the scar on my leg to prove it. Plus the one on the carpet.
R4Man18 xenor5 years ago
im gonna be that guy but as for smoking and carpet burns......that carpet is ugly. (thought I was gonna say dont smoke didnt ya) exactly.. cept I was dumb enough to set down a freshly used heat gun onto my leg not thinking oh wait the air heated the metal and set it down and scarred my leg
i have, but it landed on a pair of shorts and burned a nice hole in them
Wash0ut5 years ago
Works like a charm! The only problem is that I'm a fire dancer and I practice in my room. My carpet looks GREAT but my closet, under my dresser and under my bed is now bare.
loki955315 years ago
This isn't a bad fix if you cannot find a piece you can patch into the spot you cut out. it would not be hard then. I install carpet for a living and this would be a turn into a short term thing if you stepped on it barefooted I think. the hard burned part is still there.
jokerj50005 years ago
good write up
bibi425 years ago
Brilliant idea. Thanks for sharing! In the past if I got a ciggie burn I'd mix up some oil paints to the same shade (I'm sort of an artist) and gently dab that on. It certainly hides the mark from a distance although it remains hard to the touch. Your idea makes a lot more sense and looks far more professional!
Rimwulf bibi425 years ago
The pros just cut a section out and and place a s square of weaved or vary thin piece of wood about two center meters wider around than the whole you cut and glue a new square of carpet to it and wedge it in and glue that down there and run your hand or a pudding knife to get rid of the lines.
necromncr5 years ago
Why is he stupid?
girl-land5 years ago
My husband burned our berber with a halogen light when he was painting it. Gonna try this!! I was so pissed. May get him out of the doghouse 4 years later. :)
swartley3ga5 years ago
good instructable wouldnt it be great if you had a scrap piece of the same carpet so you don't have to cut it anywhere. I have done this in the past and it does work really well
Smoking is SOOO 20th century, but good 'ible anyway.
luvit5 years ago
if you put a cigarette burn every square foot then it looks like a carpet pattern
I have the same carpet! And a cigarette burn!
airex5 years ago
Looks good and I guess that's all that matters, but in one of the comments below you said its permanent. As someone who uses hot glue a lot i have to say no... its not permanent. you might get some good use out of this hack, but it ain't permanent. Good job anyways.
klee27x airex5 years ago
As someone else who uses hot glue a lot, I have found there's a big difference between brands of hot glue. The big, well known brand of tools that has the yellow and black logo (not the contractor grade drill guys, but the other random tool guys that are big in the chain stores) makes some of the worst hot glue. I suppose it would be good for making molds, since it releases itself from anything you put it on. Play around with a few different brands. You'll likely find some that is permanent on carpet.. at least in the sense that the fibers and glue will be inseparable. The glue can always be ripped, of course.
airex klee27x5 years ago
I agree 100 percent. I guess I should have said not permanent in that hot glue does not have very good tensile strength.
crhustle5 years ago
Good job great hack this is very appealing to those renting apartments and looking to save their security deposit. I personally lost a security deposit due to 2 cigarettes burns and a small stain. I would personally use a different more effective epoxy something used with fabric but thats me.
wperry15 years ago
That looks sweet. Never mind the nay-sayers. You did a great job.
Good show. :)
lickapop5 years ago
I am real sorry I hate posting negative comments especially since its most likely an honest mistake. But I have been laying floor coverings for 25 years and this kind of misinformation can cost people a lot of money. Sorry mate
lickapop5 years ago
Also to DO NOT put solvent on your carpet. If it does not melt it it will leave an invisible residue that will attract dirt and look worse than what your problem is. And if you do try a product, test it under a bed or cupboard first and leave it to see what it does to it. Even if its a product designed for the job.
lickapop5 years ago
nice.. the carpet layer you watched do this is did not do a very good job I am sorry. If I did this as a repair I would be ashamed of myself. You are gluing on top of the burn and stuffing carpet fibers into the hot glue which would result in a hard mess that would fail after 2 vacuums. The burn needs to be punched out or cut out and a new piece the same size hot glued in. Even this would sort of stand out and not last all that long. This procedure cant be done on some carpets like plush pile and others. Also Im going out on a limb to say that your last close up photo is most definitely not the burn because they are full loops and not cut ones like your previous photo...
robot1175 years ago
very nice! congratulations on getting it featured
west49rules (author)  robot1175 years ago
Thanks bro
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