How to Fix a Burn in a Mattress

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Things You'll Need

  • Hand vacuum

  • Mixing bowl

  • Liquid dish soap

  • Cloth

  • Razor

  • Needle

  • Thread

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.


Step 1

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

Step 2

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

Step 3

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

Step 4

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


Step 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.


Owen E. Richason IV

Owen Richason grew up working in his family's small contracting business. He later became an outplacement consultant, then a retail business consultant. Richason is a former personal finance and business writer for "Tampa Bay Business and Financier." He now writes for various publications, websites and blogs.