How to Fix Cigarette Burns in Fabric

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Things You'll Need

  • Vacuum cleaner

  • All-purpose fabric cleaner

  • Sponge

  • Needle

  • Thread

  • Fabric glue

Never lay a lighted cigarette on anything but an ashtray.

If you love to smoke and you also happen to be absent-minded, you may have accidentally placed a smoking cigarette on a piece of upholstered furniture and burned a hole through the fabric. If this has happened, you have a few options. If you want to make sure the closure looks professional, you will have to contact a professional upholstery company. The company might need to reupholster your entire piece of furniture, depending on the severity of damage.


Step 1

Vacuum around the site of the hole to remove any ash and debris caused by the burning cigarette.

Step 2

Spray an all-purpose cleaner on a sponge and gently brush it over the area to remove any remaining debris or ash around the hole. First test the cleaner on a small swatch of the same fabric to make sure it does not discolor the fabric.

Step 3

Thread a needle with thread that matches the fabric of the damaged furniture. Pull the thread in and out around the closure of the hole, cinching it together as you go. Tie off the thread at the end. Pull the needle through the fabric so that it pokes out at the tip. Wrap the thread around the tip about five times and then pull the threaded needle completely out. Do this slowly and it will form a knot at the base of the thread.


Step 4

Cut out a piece of matching fabric of the same size as the hole. Squeeze fabric glue inside the hole, making sure to touch the edges of the hole. Use tweezers to set the fabric cutout into the hole. Allow the glue to dry.



Vera Leigh

Vera Leigh has worked as a professional freelance writer since 2008. Her work has appeared in "Learn Overseas" and "Grad Source" magazines. In addition, she received an honorable mention in "Newsweek's" My Turn contest. She has written features for nonprofits focused on literacy, education, genomics and health. In her spare time, Leigh puts her English major to use by tutoring in grammar and composition.