How to Remove a Vacuum Burn From a Carpet

It may sound funny but your vacuum cleaner can actually put a burn mark in your carpet. Vacuum cleaner burns on carpet happen as a result of the vacuum brush or other mechanisms being too close to the carpet.


Just like with any other burn mark you now probably have a dark spot or streak  and an unpleasant odor in your carpeting. It may seem like now is the time to panic and that your carpet is  in need of a patch. Try not to worry because you may be able to repair the burn mark without replacing the carpet. Using  some simple items you probably already have around your house you may be able to restore your carpet’s appearance and condition back to normal.


Supply list How to Remove a Vacuum Burn From a Carpet

-stiff bristle scrub brush

-cleaning cloths

-nail file

-hydrogen peroxide


-portable fan




Begin by grabbing the stiff bristle scrub brush to remove the burn mark from the tips of the carpet fibers. Be careful to not to scrub the carpet fibers too vigorously and wear them down.

For stubborn burn marks use the nail file to loosen debris from the carpet fibers.


Next get out your vacuum and suck up any of the loosened burn debris from the carpeting. Since your vacuum was the culprit of the mess you may want to use the attachment hose until you can readjust your vacuum to the correct height.


Once you are done vacuuming loosened burn debris use a clean white cloth dampened with 3% hydrogen peroxide to gently blot at the remaining burn stain in the carpet beginning from the outside of the stain and working in toward the center to prevent spreading. Make sure to use a clean area of the cloth with each blot as the burn mark should transfer from the carpeting into the cloth. If need be rinse out the cloth or grab a new clean cloth do not blot the carpet with an area of cloth that has soaked up the burn mark.


When the dark burn mark is free from your carpeting grab a clean dry cloth and press it onto the wet area with the hydrogen peroxide and try to pull out as much moisture from the carpet as possible.


When the carpet is as dry as you can get it from blotting  it with a clean cloth plug in the portable fan and point it  at the moist area of carpet to get it as dry as possible as quickly as possible.


If you have performed all of these steps and the burn mark has not come clean from your floor it is time to call in a professional carpet cleaner. A trained  carpet technician will be able to assess the problem and determine how to get your floor back in shape again.


All Kleen Carpet Cleaning has been in the business since 1984 and has a team of technicians dedicated to customer service and knowledgeable in all types of carpet dilemmas. Make an appointment online  for fast and friendly service today.


  1. Concerned Carpet on October 8, 2020 at 3:07 am

    My wife Michelle burned a hole in her carpet. Can someone point her to a vacuum with a manual brush shutoff feature?

  2. TLMP on October 8, 2020 at 3:14 am

    I’m concerned that my son Paul may burn a hole in his carpet with a vacuum. I did this several times during his childhood. Can you please recommend a vacuum that comes with an agitator that doesn’t spin when upright?