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How to Fix a Burn in a Mattress

Owen E. Richason IV

Cigarettes, heating irons, hair straighteners or candles can cause a burn in a mattress. Rather than simply turning the mattress over to conceal the burn, you can patch it, making the damage nearly invisible. This is not a difficult task, but it will require a bit of patience and a steady hand.

With just a few common household items, the burn mark will vanish from your mattress for good.

  1. Vacuum over the burn mark with a hand vacuum, removing any loose mattress fabric as well as dust.

  2. Fill a mixing bowl with 1 cup water and 1 tsp. liquid dish soap.

  3. Blot, but do not rub, the burn liberally with the mixture, using a clean cloth. Rubbing may cause tearing or smearing.

  4. Cut any unraveled fabric away from the mattress with a razor around the burn mark.

  5. Tuck the burned fabric into the mattress, then pinch the remaining exposed fabric together. Hold it between your fingers and sew up the spot with a needle and matching thread to finish.